Greetings, everyone. My name's Richard, a 51-year-old administrative assistant living on the South Shore of Boston. When I was 2 year old, I had a traumatic experience after having a hernia operation. The doctors of the time told my parents that I needed to be institutionalized, but they wouldn't accept their findings. Thanks to their lobbying, children like myself(and I include myself) who have developmental disabilities have benefitted from the very best in educational and vocational training opportunities that have been championed by politicians in Massachusetts and across the country.
For me, Christmas is a time for reflection on the birth of Jesus Christ, as well as the many other aspects of celebrating. I'm honored to be with you all.