fter City Council member Jumaane Williams was wrongly arrested during last year’s West Indian Day Parade and Carnival, it was hard to imagine how the progressive advocate for black New Yorkers could get any cooler. But somehow, he just did.
In a WNYC interview that should inspire New York City parents of children with disabilities, Williams and his mother talk about his life with Tourette Syndrome, which causes him to cough erratically and shake.
Because many of his teachers didn’t understand his disease, he was almost thrown out of school for bad behavior. But his mother helped educate them and Williams reached his educational goals, obtaining his bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in urban policy administration from Brooklyn College.
“It’s so much easier with education. If you have a key to open the door, why not use it? And I always knew that’s what I wanted to do and I could do it. It just takes me a little longer.”