Statement Regarding People with Special Needs

Statement

By:  Filemon Vela, Jr.
Date: July 14, 2012
Location: Unknown

"I am dedicated to representing the best interest of all individuals in District 34, not the least of which are children and adults with Autism, Down Syndrome, and other intellectual and developmental disabilities. This particular constituency, when not provided with the proper supports and services, often represents some of our country's most vulnerable individuals. I understand how vital such supports and services are and will work diligently to ensure that all people with special needs have the tools necessary to live productive and meaningful lives in their communities. Many of these individuals and their families have been historically neglected and therefore endure a quality of life unbecoming of this great nation. We, as Americans, pride ourselves in the idea that our country stands for equality. The current treatment of people with special needs is less than acceptable. With your help and vote, I will be a champion for all individuals with disabilities now and well into the future."