Sunday, August 23, 2009

An Open Letter to President Obama

Maryse Hille, the mother of a teenage son with high-functioning autism challenges the administration to better prepare society and youngsters with developmental disabilities for jobs. Seems to be a theme this week. Here is her letter which appears in northern California's Times-Standard.

It will require truly transformative leadership to ensure that everyone who is able has the chance to earn a decent living as our economy rebounds and adapts itself to the exigencies of the 21st century. Without it, though, the momentum of decades of success in special education and social integration will crash into the reality of a streamlined, rarefied job market with resoundingly harsh consequences for adults with disabilities, those caring for them, and a country seeking to show others, finally, how to do the right thing.

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