When I was eighteen, my cousin Umberto visited us from Italy. I sat in the passenger seat of Umberto’s rental car as he sped through a red light at a busy intersection in Hartford, Connecticut. I shrieked, “Stop. Stop. You’ve got to stop!”
Umberto smiled. “In Italy, red light is optional.”
Umberto wasn’t kidding. When my husband and I visited Tuscany last fall, we discovered that some Italians considered all rules of the road optional.
You might expect students who must attend summer school to complain, but at Buckingham School, summer is an exciting time, with students cultivating a garden of fresh fruits and vegetables, while gaining new knowledge in math, language and science. The garden is just one part of a new, 21st century complex based on the physical and psychological needs of kids.
Students with Disabilities went to the state capitol today to let lawmakers know that they are often under-represented and misunderstood. It’s all part of the Youth Leadership Forum, sponsored by the State Board for People with Disabilities. It’s program encouraging young people with disabilities to embrace leadership.
An international conference is underway at the University of Virginia. It will draw fewer than 200 people to talk about a very rare disease, but what happens there could prove important to millions of patients.