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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.

Guest Blog: Why You Should Oppose the Special Neeeds Voucher Bill

Reincarnation of Special Needs Voucher bills in the next legislative session, and why you should oppose it.

by Wisconsin Family Ties on Friday, January 4, 2013 at 7:28am ·
 

The background in a nutshell:

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Strengthening Relationships on Inauguration Day

I had the distinct honor of being invited by Rep Christine Sinicki to attend the Assembly Inauguration on Monday.  What a great experience. To see all of the pomp and circumstance that goes along with this special day.  My wife and I were able to sit on the Assembly floor to experience this day. From the presenting of the Colors by the US Marine Corps to the saying of the Pledge of Allegiance and singing of the National Anthem, to see the entire Assembly be given their oath, to see each Assembly member be called up front to sign the book, many bringing their children and grandchildren with them.  Sitting through the nomination of Speaker and all of the other responsible positions and hear how they want this to be a productive and civil session, acknowledging that they will not always agree but to be able to work together for the common good of the State of Wisconsin. To be a part of this was really exciting. I need to thank Rep Sinicki for the invitation and opportunity to attend this special event.

In my wildest dreams, I would have never thought that I would be invited by the Governor to attend a tailgate party at the Governor’s Mansion in the fall and then be invited by my State Representative to attend the Assembly Inauguration in the winter.  I can’t wait to see what the spring holds.

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Business Relocates to Cudahy

Great to see a business relocating to Cudahy

http://www.wauwatosanow.com/userstoriessubmitted/187482991.html

I Have A Dream - Martin Luther King Jr Day

In honor of Dr Martin Luther King Jr Day, here is one of his great speeches.  For those who would like to hear it again, here is the video link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=smEqnnklfYs

I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.

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CSFLBA Sign Ups - A Cudahy Asset

Hard to believe that on this below zero morning I am writing about summer fun.  

A reminder to all local baseball and softball players.  This weekend, January 26 & 27, The Cudahy St.Francis Little Baseball Association ( http://www.ballcharts.com/teams/index.php?team=csfbaseball ) will be holding their sign ups for the 2013 season.  The sign ups are being held at the Light Palace Banquet Hall (5880 S Packard Ave, Cudahy) from 12:00-4:00.

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Included In Athletics

I thought that I would share some thoughts on the recent announcement that individuals with disabilities need to be included in athletics.  I was quoted in a story that appeared in the Milwaukee Journal on Saturday (http://www.jsonline.com/news/education/schools-told-to-accommodate-special-needs-athletes-gb8h1of-188435541.html) and I thought I would expand on some of these thoughts.  As I was typing this blog, I was sent the following link from the Depart of Education, Civil Rights Division (http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/letters/colleague-201301-504.pdf)

This weekend, my son participated in his first Special Olympics basketball tournament of the season. With 4 games going on at one time, it is pretty easy to see the ability of many athletes and how they could compete with their peers on the high school level. I talked with a number of parents and they all felt the same way I do. In talking with one family member of an older child, they wish they would have been a better advocate when the individual was a  child as they felt that the individual did have the ability to compete, but just assumed that because the individual had a disability, they could not compete.  I don't think that some people realize that there may already be athletes competing on the high school level that have a disability.

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