No, it has nothing to do (directly) with either of The Specials – today it’s Mr. Andi’s turn for a dedicated blog post. First off, let me say that neither Mr. Andi nor I are in any way, shape, or form politically active. We have strong opinions, but we have no interest in running for office or jockeying for political power. However, Mr. Andi does know a lot of people across the state by virtue of his profession. Earlier this summer, he happened to be at a conference talking with a lady who had recently left the governor’s office.
Anyway, to make a long story short, Mr. Andi got an email from another lady shortly after the conference who is the Appointments Manager for Governor Riley. After a little bit of back and forth about us and our family, Mr. Andi got a letter in the mail from the governor’s office yesterday.
The council is comprised of individuals from various state and local agencies, people with developmental disabilities, and parents of people with developmental disabilities, and its mission is to “serve as an advocate for Alabama’s citizens with developmental disabilities and their families; to empower them with the knowledge and opportunity to make informed choices and exercise control over their own lives; and to create a climate for positive social change to enable them to be respected, independent and productive integrated members of society.”
I am so proud of him! I’m a tiny bit jealous, but also very happy for him. For the past (almost) eight years, I’ve been the one who was driving all of the volunteer/advocacy/awareness activities involving the children. I’ve done the IEP and IFSP meetings, served on the accessible playground steering committee, got our team together for various walks, etc. It’s time to let him have some of the fun. 🙂