Keynote Speakers were Craig Peterson and his sons Andrew and Michael
The trio shared their stories in verbal presentation and song.
The event was both inspirational and motivational with their
key message being one of how encouragement, support, hard work and striving to “get it right” allowed them to accomplish
many successes in spite of overwhelming odds.
The event was attended by 600+ WCESC staff
including administrators, board members, teachers,
paraprofessionals and support staff.
Follow their continuing inspiration and successes @NOlimitsAndrew
Biological brothers Andrew and Michael Peterson have proven the skeptics wrong time and time again. Born with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, they experienced early trauma and lived in foster care for four long years before being adopted. Upon joining Special Olympics, it was apparent they found their niche. With the support of their father Craig Peterson, Andrew developed into an accomplished distance runner and Michael a sprinter. Between the two, they’ve won more than 50 gold medals, received other prestigious awards and Andrew qualified for the Boston Marathon in 2018. Since joining the Special Olympics Athlete Leadership Program, Andrew has addressed 100,000 Indiana high school students about respect and Michael has sung at numerous events. They have joined their father for keynote addresses in Washington, Montana, Georgia, and Indiana. Andrew and Michael are strong self-advocates with a story to tell. Now 25 and 26 years old, both young men continue to impress people with their confidence and gifts.
Craig Peterson has adopted a total of six children, all who have suffered trauma of some kind and/or have emotional disabilities. He has become a tireless advocate for mental health services, special education and systems of care. While working at the University of Indianapolis, Craig developed a course for educators on family and professional collaboration. He’s written many educational articles, served as a frequent conference presenter and become a popular blogger.
“I don’t ever want your pity. Rather, I need your respect.” Andrew Peterson