Letter: Son got the help he needed here in Bemidji
Please allow me to correct some aspects of the front page story of the June 28 Pioneer regarding my son, Iann Brown.
As Iann continues to struggle with some aspects of independent living, as well as decision making and sociability, working part time at the ODC is one thing that allows him to have a sense of accomplishment and allows him, as he says, to be a contributing member of society. I am proud of the fact that Iann put forth the effort to overcome some of his challenges, and travel to Washington D.C. to represent himself, as well as his co-workers, and to support employment for all people with “disabilities” according to their real abilities.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those in Bemidji who have given our family tremendous support and assistance over the years, including Dr. Skogerboe, who listened to a mother’s concerns all those years ago; Richard Chernugal at MedSave Family Pharmacy, who recognized my voice on the phone before the prevalence of caller ID and still calls me by name when I walk in the door; and many, many others in the wonderful Bemidji community.