It is with great sadness I write to express the terrible void the death of Sen. Wayne Norman is leaving in Maryland and in our hearts [“Maryland lawmaker and GOP activist,” obituaries, Metro, March 5]. As chief executive of the Arc Northern Chesapeake Region, I speak on behalf of everyone in our organization in saying we were truly humbled while reflecting on the incredible impact Mr. Norman left on the Arc NCR — an honor exemplifying the legacy of one of our greatest public ambassadors.
Mr. Norman had a positive effect on the intellectual and developmental disability (differing abilities) community. He donated to the Arc NCR and was a strong advocate in the business and legislative communities. His office hired individuals supported by the Arc NCR, and he regularly met with local companies to promote equal employment for people with differing abilities.
Each year, Annapolis hosts Developmental Disabilities Day through the Arc Maryland. Individuals with differing abilities visit the House and Senate buildings to meet with their elected officials to discuss critical disability issues. Mr. Norman always made DD Day extra-special by hosting a pizza party in his office for supported individuals.
Mr. Norman was continually welcoming and inclusive during the advocacy process. His genuine passion for helping others will be missed, and we feel fortunate to have enjoyed one last pizza party with him this past Feb. 22 on DD Day.
Shawn Kros, Belcamp, Md.