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Thanks to Washingtonians

We want to thank the residents of Washington state.

Thank you for your amazing support of people with an intellectual or developmental disability. Our state has a long history of helping all the way back to 1915.

We have been involved with the Department of Developmental Disabilities since our daughter, Chelsy, was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder called Angelman Syndrome. Most of the people we have worked with over the last 20 years have been kind and understanding. The schools have been very accommodating. We have found that if you work with people who have special needs you are a special person yourself.

To those who have the challenges, disappointments and joys of raising a child like Chelsy, we give you our heartfelt empathy. These wonderful spirits have unconditional love and are our teachers. They can be the best character enhanced curriculum a school could offer.

To the state Legislature we are grateful for you support and understanding of our circumstances.

Again, thank you and may the Lord bless you for being kind to all the people in your life’s circle.

Dennis and Lisa Pace



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