Autism Takes Center Stage at the RNC

Minneapolis, MN (September 5, 2008)  Autism was a part of the Republican National Convention this week. Both Senator John McCain and Governor Sarah Palin voiced their support for children and families with special needs.

Quotes from speeches:

Senator John McCain:
“I fight for Americans... I fight for Jake and Toni Wimmer of Franklin County, Pa. Jake works on a loading dock, coaches Little League, and raises money for the mentally and physically disabled. Toni is a school teacher working towards her master’s degree. They have two sons, the youngest, Luke, has been diagnosed with autism. Their lives should matter to the people they elect to office and they matter to me.”

Governor Sarah Palin:
“And children with special needs inspire a special love. To the families of special-needs children all across this country, I have a message: For years, you sought to make America a more welcoming place for your sons and daughters. I pledge to you that if we are elected, you will have a friend and advocate in the White House."