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I am a husband, father, son, brother, uncle and friend. I believe in sharing my talents and experiences by giving back to the community by giving my time to coaching, church and especially to the disability community. I truly believe that all men and women are created equally.

Wheelchair Rugby

Since the Packers will be taking next weekend off, you may be looking for something to do.  Why not attend the 9th Annual Iron Rumble Wheelchair Rugby Tournament. This is a "Quad Rugby" Tournament which has full contact.

Teams from Minnesota, Grand Rapids and Denver will be joining the host Milwaukee Iron Squad (http://www.ironrugby.com/).

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Hearings on Seclusion & Restraint Bills

On Tuesday, January 10, the Assembly Education Committee will hold a hearing on Assembly Bill (AB) 455. On Wednesday, January 11, the Senate Education Committee will hold a hearing on a bill with the same wording, Senate Bill (SB) 353. Both bills limit the inappropriate use of seclusion and restraint on students in schools. The Committee members need to hear stories about the use of seclusion and restraints on students and how these bills will improve the safety and wellbeing of both students and staff.

Background
AB 455 and SB 353 limit the inappropriate use of seclusion and restraint on students in schools. The bills allow seclusion and restraint only if the student’s behavior causes an immediate risk to the safety of the student or others and is the least restrictive intervention available. They will:

  • Stop the inappropriate use of seclusion and restraints.
  • Make students and staff safer because only trained staff will be allowed to use seclusion and restraint when it is appropriate.
  • Require that parents are promptly informed that seclusion or restraints were used on their child.
  • Require an IEP team meeting after the first use of seclusion and restraints on students receiving special education services to plan for positive behavioral interventions in the future.
  • Require constant supervision of any secluded student. Also, the student must have access to bathrooms, drinking water, necessary medication, and meals.
  • Require that any seclusion rooms be safe.
  • Require school districts to keep data on the use of seclusion and restraint in their schools.

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CSFLBA Sign Ups

The Cudahy St Francis Little Baseball Association 2012 season is approaching quickly and our volunteers are busy planning for the upcoming season.  This year's sign-ups will be held on Saturday & Sunday January 28th & 29th at Light Palace Hall on the corner of Packard & Ramsey in Cudahy.  Sign-ups will be from 12:00-4:00 both days.  New Players must bring a birth certificate for age verification.  

Sign-ups are for all levels of play:

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Dr Martin Luther King Jr Holiday Reflection

As I reflect on this Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday, I wonder how far we have come to realize his dream. 

There is one particular line in his “I Have a Dream” speech that I often think about.  (http://www.usconstitution.net/dream.html)  “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” I know that Dr. King was speaking of the racial issues of the day, but I can’t help but wonder what happens if we change the “color of their skin” to other groups who are discriminated against.

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Partners in Policy-Making Session 1

What a great way to start my Partners in Policy-making classes.  On Tuesday afternoon I received a call from the Board for Developmental Disabilities asking if I can come into town early Wednesday to testify at the Family Care Audit hearing at the Capital in our continued effort to lift the enrollment caps.  I was already scheduled to come in for our bi-monthly Board meeting, I just needed to make arrangements with the 2 individuals I was giving a ride into Madison with me.  A total of 5 Board members had the opportunity to speak at this hearing. 

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Part Time Mayor Thoughts

Last week, while attending the Partners in Policymaking class, I was asked about my run for Mayor of Cudahy with one of the co-facilitators.  We talked about it for a bit, I was then asked if I was planning on running again.  I responded that I did not think so.  I explained that I was extremely happy in my current job. I enjoy helping individuals achieve their desired outcomes.  I feel that I am beginning to make a difference in the disability community as a more vocal and confident advocate.  I also want to use the Partners class to help me in achieving one of my goals for my son, creating a picture ballot for him to use when he votes. At this point of my life I do not see any need to change what I am doing.

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