Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro recalls the moment he began thinking differently about how to address issues affecting people with special needs.
It was four years ago. His daughter, Abigail, was crying in her bedroom. She was unable to tie her shoes.
For a young child, tying shoe laces isn’t an unusual challenge. But Abigail, who is on the autism spectrum and has a seizure disorder, was 9 years old at the time.
Without hesitation, Molinaro wanted to help. He offered to tie his daughter’s shoes when his wife quickly intervened.
“You can’t do that,” she said, according to Molinaro. “You have to think differently about the way we teach her.”