September 16, 2019

I was moved to tears by the artwork by Kevin Bennett and the article by Judy Harrison titled “Aimee’s prom” in the May 4 Bangor Daily News. Thank you for giving our community an opportunity to see life from the perspective of a teen-ager with special needs. I know first hand that the story has generated talk around the breakfast tables for many families with young children and teens alike. Thanks to all community members and businesses that donated time, effort, services and space to this magical night.

I work for United Cerebral Palsy of Maine. Recently, the Advocacy Committee here published survey results that found the No. 1 request for people of all ages with disabiltiies of any kind was for recreational and social experiences. As a community, let’s make this opportunity more than once in a lifetime for people with special needs. Lynn Boulger Bangor

My brother lived with the effects of Down syndrome for more than 50 years. At his funeral another brother eulogized him with his description of his hero, my brother Brian. We all heard about the grace and love with which my brother endured his life as a “retard.” We really did not need to be reminded, we were all fully aware of the special way Brian had touched us all.

My brother was attacked and beaten in Boston, but I never heard him talk about the person who so cruelly hurt him. Brian was unable to comprehend the hatred some can hold for those who are different.

When I read the story of Aimee and her friends, I was struck by the fact that there were so limited opportunities for these kids to enjoy their life. People are convinced they are simple because of their childlike attitudes but neglect to realize they possess the most important of all hopes, that they may be accepted and loved. Stephen Sullivan Bradley

What a wonderful spread, and what a wonderful and generous young lady. Aimee and the Pillsbury Corp. are to be congratulated. While that was great news it remains a shame that some school departments and districts don’t let special ed students enjoy proms and graduation. In this supposed age of community inclusion, those school who should be teaching that instead choose to exclude. Lawrence Grant Linda Grant Newburgh

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