To the Editor:
This letter is a resounding “thank you” to the 11,075 people who voted “yes” for the referendum to establish a Developmental Disabilities Board in McHenry County. Although we were not successful in passing this referendum, we experienced much success in other ways.
Persons with disabilities registered to vote and exercised their right to do so as never before. I was at the polls for the first time with my daughter, and it filled my heart to see her so happily vote for something that would improve the lives of many others.
Voter registration events were held in several places in the county, including at the special education center in Woodstock. People learned much about the joys and challenges experienced by adults and children with these support needs.
We ran a grassroots campaign on a shoestring budget. We educated this wonderful community and heightened awareness. We forged new friendships and hope for the future. The needs remain significant, and we will continue to do our very best to meet them with the limited resources available.
I saw the heart of McHenry County open to our folks. Thank you for your support, and I hope that you will continue to say “yes” to others in need.