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.
Late last week, I was talking to someone in regards to my dream of the disability complex. Somewhere in the discussion, an idea came up of who would be best to pitch the idea. Without hesitation, I said it had to be the people who would benefit the most from the complex, that being the individuals with a disability. In my short time on the Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities, I have been amazed by the experiences shared by the consumers (individuals with a developmental disability). They know how issues can benefit and affect them.
The person I was talking with was hesitant at first, but as I went on in my description of the talks I have heard in Madison, the person thought it was a great idea. All to often, people do not give consumers enough credit for what they are capable of doing. In some cases, the consumer has a lot of things done for them, yet they are capable of doing the task. Consumers learn how to get something done if they want it bad enough, just like anybody else.
Tyler has summer chores this year just like his brother and sister. Tyler is in charge of taking out the garbage and recycles. My goal by the end of summer, is that Tyler can replace the garbage bag. A task that will work his fine motor skills, but I believe he will accomplish this goal.
On Father's Day, Tyler and Madisyn served Mass for the first time at Nativity of The Lord. I was very proud of both, they did very well. After Mass, a number of people came up to me and my wife and congratulated us, they were very impressed with both kids,but especially Tyler.
I am a firm believer that once people see what consumers are capable of, there will be more doors opened to them. They may be a bit slower in accomplishing a task, but there are probably very few tasks that they can not eventually master.