These past couple of days have served as a painful reminder of the inequalities that still exist for children with disabilities. Making improvements to better the lives of these children should be seen as something that is necessary, and done because it is the right thing to do. Their right to equal opportunities and equal quality of life should not be something used to support self-interests or for political leverage. Tonight my heart is heavy. It is times like these that I feel I will never be able to make a difference. And then I remember the promise I made to my son. I will continue to advocate and fight for his rights, as well as the rights of all children with disabilities. I will not stop until we live in a world where everyone is given the same opportunities in life. My son, my precious Giovanni, you have my word that I will do everything I can to make sure you have the life you deserve.