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.
As the Milwaukee County Board finishes up their work on the 2015 Budget, I want to first acknowldege and appreciate the forward thinking when it comes to the GO (Growing Opportunities) Pass. This GO Pass would allow seniors and individuals with disabilities to ride the regular County Bus system for free. But unfortunately, not everybody is able to ride the regular bus system, this is why there is a para transit system.
"Vote as if your life depends on it, because it does" Justin Dart Jr (Father of the Americans with Disabilities Act).
My son Tyler just completed his second work experiences through the transition process at Cudahy High School. He is working with a supported employment agency through DVR. I couldn’t help but notice a sense of pride in Tyler when I picked him up from work one day. As a side note/reminder; transition programs are not something that are guaranteed within the special needs vouchers, it is required of the public schools. This is just one of the many reasons that I do not support the special needs voucher.
I am not a big money donor, I am a constituent.
As I wrote about in July, we have started the pursuit of community based employment for my son Tyler. This summer he completed his paperwork, signing his W4 and I9 forms just like the rest of us. The supported employment agency observed Tyler while he was at camp this summer to get an idea of his strengths and areas he needs to improve upon. The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) even called us to check to see how the progress was going.