In 2008 the US Congress held a reception in Tyler’s honor and to celebrate the 18th birthday of the Americans with Disabilities Act where he was asked to speak on Ability Awareness, the only audience that made him nervous. 🙂 Tyler was selected to participate in a collaboration of teenagers in Washington DC who created the national “I Am Norm” campaign. “I Am Norm” promoted the concept that we are all “normal” … we are who we are, something Tyler believed wholeheartedly.
Tyler also served on a national committee, Kids As Self Advocates (KASA), who discussed issues and created supporting documents concerning people with disabilities. Tyler was a member of several other local and state committees and councils. Because of his tenure on the State of Iowa Special Education Advisory Panel (SEAP), he was asked to review and offer edits for the hefty State of Iowa manual for paraeducator standards.