2007-12-14 / Letters

Praising Lew M.Simon

Dear Editor,

I have known Lew Simon for many years. Our parents were friends and I went to school with his sister. Anybody who has a seemingly impossible situation to overcome should contact him. He is a bulldog when it comes to getting things done, especially when it comes to helping special needs children, and their typically developing peers.

My son attends a district 75 school, outside of our home district. The opportunity came up for him to attend a special needs summer program in upstate New York. The price of this program was very expensive. I was told that the city must pay for his therapies and educational components, because of federal mandates. I started a letter writing campaign and contacted Lew. He immediately said "no problem" and went to work. Within a few days, I had a beautifully worded letter which I presented to the school district. The letter stated that they may call upon him for additional information.

I am sending praise to Lew for helping me win my battle with the Department of Education, thereby setting a precedent within that specific school district. This was all accomplished due to the love and devotion he shows to special kids, being the uncle of a special needs niece; he knows what a burden it is. Thank you Lew, for my son's fantastic summers, and my peace of mind. Love you always.

MICHELLE WUDOWSKY

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