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This Report is dedicated and presented as a tribute to children with disabilities in Texas and their families.
"It is my hope that Texas will become a leading light in the nation when it comes to both serving and empowering children with disabilities." -- Texas Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr.
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May every child have the security and safety of a home, surrounded by loved ones.
May every child have someone who will turn on the nightlight.
In early December, 2010, I began a journey with the Texas Legislature. I emailed all 181 Legislators of the 82nd Texas Legislative Session with a special request, stated as follows:
& the Governor
After the holidays, I recontacted the Legislators by email and also phoned each of the 181 offices whose Legislator had not yet responded. These contact efforts were also specifically extended to the Governor of Texas (including the Governor-appointed members of the Governor's Committee on People with Disabilities), the Lieutenant Governor, and the Speaker of the House.
Texas Legislators and members of the Texas Governor's Committee on People with Disabilities responded to my request and this Report is a compilation of their responses. This Report shares their thoughts, wishes, and actions regarding children with disabilities.
The purpose of the Nightlight Report is to highlight the example set by the Texas Legislators and the Texas Governor's Committee on People with Disabilities in order to inspire and encourage every one of us to take a positive step forward in our intentional awareness of children with disabilities and their families. Every positive step we take, no matter how big or how small, is important and matters. Each step we take moves us forward.
May we shine brightly for children with disabilities and their families!
**I continue to welcome additional contributions to the Nightlight Report from Texas Legislators, the Speaker, the Lieutenant Governor, the Governor, and members of the Texas Governor's Committee
on People with Disabilities.
I also welcome readers' positive input. Comments may be entered on each page and on the posts.
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If we keep taking thoughtful steps forward and help each other, we will not falter. We will light the way and cross the finish line and ensure the well-being of children with disabilities and their families in Texas.
Lesa R. Walker, MD, MPH