As America remembers the life of our late president, George H.W. Bush, I wish to highlight one aspect of his legacy that is dear to my heart — concern for children with disabilities. That legacy could serve as a wake-up call to Pennsylvania officials.

In 1990, President Bush signed the American with Disabilities Act, ADA, and reauthorized the legislation now known as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, IDEA, that guarantees a free and appropriate public education to students with disabilities. He was personally touched by this issue because he had two children with disabilities. He understood that the law would strengthen the civil rights of people with disabilities.

As a school board director for Bensalem Township School District, I am thankful for Bush’s commitment to providing students with disabilities with the appropriate physical, social and academic accommodations that they need to thrive.

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