BROWNSVILLE, Texas – The city of Brownsville is designating the month of March as Intellectual Disability Awareness month.
The partnership between the city of Brownsville and the Brownsville Independent School District aims to raise awareness to the need for education reform for those with intellectual disabilities. The movement was started by a local life skills teacher advocating for the special needs community, which may be among the most vulnerable of wrongful incarceration.
Marlane Reyna, Life Skills Instructor, “I’ve been involved in life skills since 2015 and I always saw and felt there was a need for change. This is about giving the students a voice and more power.”
Nurith Galonsky, city commissioner, “We need to be able to teach people how to be tolerant and bring the best in people. Because everyone has something to contribute.”
Under the proclamation, the city acknowledges the need for the community to come up with ways to improve the lives of those in special education.