Best Buddies represent people with disabilities

Best Buddies from Maui were at the state Capitol on March 6 representing students and adults on Maui with disabilities.

They took part in “A Day at the Capitol,” which gave individuals with developmental disabilities along with their family members, the opportunity to discuss disability-related issues and concerns with legislators.

Maui’s Buddy Ambassadors Emilio Mark and Patrick McGoldrick were trained at Indiana University to be leaders and public speakers in their schools, communities and workplaces.

During the daylong event, which started with breakfast in the Capitol’s auditorium lobby, the Best Buddies representatives were able to have lunch in the lieutenant governor’s conference room to share their ideas with Maui Rep. Kaniela Ing and Maui Sens. Gil Keith-Agaran and Roz Baker.

Later they made personal visits to the offices of Maui’s legislative members – Speaker of the House Joe Souki, Sen. J. Kalani English, Ing, and Reps. Mele Carroll, Angus McKelvey, Justin Woodson and Kyle Yamashita.

To finish the day, they were in the Governor’s Office to witness the signing of a proclamation declaring March to be Disabilities Month in Hawaii.