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.
Somebody mentioned to me that it was pretty neat that I would teach my son to drive even though he will probably never get his license. I then had a conversation with the person and explained that I have hopes for Tyler. The same hopes as I have for my other 2 kids. Tyler needs an education to get a job. Tyler needs life skills to move out on his own. He is entitlted to his independence.
We believe in looking at people for thier ability and not their disability. What they can do as opposed to whay they cannot do. Every person has strengths and weaknesses. This is how it should be in everyday life. We need to believe in each other to accomplish our goals.
My wife and I have a dream that someday we could build a complex for people with any disability. This complex would house; doctor's offices, therapy offices, dentist offices, general office space, meeting rooms, a theater, a gym and a restaurant. If we could put everything in one location, it would make it much easier on families. The doctor, dentist and therapy offices are pretty self explanitory.
The general office space can be used by individual groups such as The Down Syndrome Association of Wisconsin, Autism Speaks, People First and any other group that needs the space and specializes in helping people.
We would offer job skill and life skill classes. Classes would include, finance, cooking and computers.
We would offer weekely music classes. Music studied would range from Jazz to Rap, from Country to Classical. we would ask local musicinas to come in and teach their art, including the instruments.
We would put on plays and musicals. The majority of the work done by our community members.
The same for our restaurant, he majority of all work to be done by our community memebrs. We would also offer banquet services for weddings. This would be open to the general public year long.
We would offer Special Olympic Teams and sponsor events. We would have our own baseball, softball, volleyball, soccer and basketball leagues. What ever sport our community members wanted we would provide
I was asked to include the story of Johnny the Grocery Bagger. For those who do not know the story, here is the link http://www.stservicemovie.com/. For those who do know it, it never hurts to watch it again. This is just one of many stories that we are belessed to be given because of Tyler. When we forward them, it ususally gives people a different outlook on individuals like Tyler and what they can do. Tyler and all of his peers DO MAKE A DIFFERENCE in this world. I some ways, more then others who have more ability.