|Posted by Danielle Alvarado on May 26, 2012 at 7:10 PM|
Dear Jerry Brown,
My name is Braulio Alvarado. I am 19 years old and a student of Artesia High School. I have researched many of great a beneficial thing you have done for California since your start of your second term. You have helped with your major investments in California’s education system. Both for k-12 and for higher education. Thanks to you our education has quadrupled. You have increased funding and teacher training. Most students are set for when they graduate high school. They will have a better chance to go to college and do great things. You have hit every point except one. What about those who can’t go one to college because of their mental state. As you may have guessed I am talking about Disabled Americans. You may think to yourself why I would care about Disabled adults. It is because I am one if the disabled Americans. I was diagnosed with Tourette’s Syndrome and Asperger’s Syndrome which is a milder case of autism. I also am one of the very few who have sensory disorder and can talk about the pain my 5 senses causes me. I am not going to tell you some sad story on how my life was horrible because of my disability well because it was not thanks to my mom and dad. It was exponentially hard. Mr. Brown you don’t know what it feels like to not be able comprehend why people treat Disable Americans different. The disabled population is rapidly growing. 19 years ago before I was born it was a 1 and every 10,000 to 15,000 kids would be diagnosed with autism. Then it was 1 in every 110 and now it is 1 in every 88 people. That is a 600% increase in 21 years. Do you realize what it will be like in 10 to 15 years? I know there are day programs for disabled kids but if you ever went in one announced you would be horrified on what 75% of the programs are like when they are not being watched. What I did not tell you is that I have one of the rarest types of families in California. I am not just the only disabled person in my family. I have 3 brothers all with severe autism. One unparticular who is 21 years old who has the brain capacity of a 3 year old. He does not know how to do anything on his own. I really worry what will happen to him when my parents die. Will he be thrown in one of this states “Great” Group homes or just put on the street so we save money. Mr. Brown how would you feel if your brother Jack or your Sister Wanda Lou pooped in their pants or drooled none stop? What if jack could not pick out his clothes? How would you feel if every day you woke up you knew no matter how many programs you passed or slashed your brother could never be able to say he loved you or good night? I don’t expect you to understand nor do I want this to happen to you, but we need more programs for them. They may not be able to ever be employed and make this country money but they are the hardest workers alive. I work in a disabled class as a teacher’s assistant a man do I see miracles’. I see these kid say try and try to say hi or I love you to their mom. I have seen them fail hundreds of times, but you know what they are what true genius is. I call them genius not by their brain but the greatest quality. I the ability to never give up. Just 3 months ago a miracle happened my 21 year old brother was standing in the middle of the kitchen and my mom gives him a huge before he goes to school and out of nowhere I here in a very low mumble “I LOVE YOU.” I dropped my backpack and looked at my mom she started to cry. It took 21 years for him to say what it would take a person with no disability 2 to 2 ½ years. These kids they are the greatest people. I coach Special Olympics and every time I go there I see Miracles happen. They have a saying in Special Olympics it goes “Let me win. But if I cannot let me be brave in the attempt.” They are true heroes. They never back down. They need help. The programs are so bad they range from kids sitting in poops all day to the kids being abused. Can you imagine what it would be like to be hurt and never be able to say to your parents I’m in really bad pain or my heart hurts? I just want these kids to have a chance to have a safe life after their parents are gone. I don’t really know if you are just going to put this in the trash or with the other thousands of papers you get, but just remember 3 things please and do me a favor. 1st never think these kids have tried all they can because they will never give up and stop trying. The only person who is giving up is the people working with them. 2nd Next time you are create a new program for student or schools remember that they are just as much citizens as anyone else. 3rd they can’t speak up and say they had a bad day or the class does not help at me at all but you can be there voice that’s what you do right you are here to help California. They are the greatest people in the world they just need a chance. The only thing I need you to do is do your best to create a better more structure programs for Disabled Americans.
Thank you for your time
Braulio Phillip Alvarado