As a parent of an autistic son, it’s hard to find a state legislator who is willing to understand the issues that parents of special needs children face on a daily basis, and has the experience to provide solutions on how to help families and not continue to live in a state, which is ranked near the bottom in the nation, in providing education and services to people with developmental disabilities.
I first met Corinne Pierog when she ran against John Milner for State Senate in 2008. As a parent advocate for my son on things related to autism, what I immediately noticed and liked about her was her experience and knowledge about disability issues and her passion to help families like mine, even though she has no children with disabilities herself. After the election, she helped me with a project that, I’m very proud to say, started with the first vocational class for special needs adults over the age of 18 at Harper Community College in Palatine, Ill.
On her own personal time, she came with me to meetings with the president of Harper College and other administrators to help provide myself and other parents and professionals with her knowledge and support, and to establish a program for adults after high school, when they have few-to-no alternatives to turn to after aging out of the high school system.
With her help with the project at Harper College, the Career Skills Institute was formed and started its first class at the Palatine campus on Sept. 5.
I hope all parents who, like myself, have children with special needs vote for Corinne Pierog for State Senate in the 25th District. She will be among the few legislators that will honestly fight for a better life for people with disabilities.
Schaumburg Autism Society