Dear editor: Twenty-two years ago when my then 2-year-old son was diagnosed with autism I became "political."

"Ignorance is bliss," some say, and that might have been said of me before that life-changing event. I immediately saw first-hand the injustice and discrimination of the disabled community and became an advocate for my child and others.

Now with our current political climate I am even more acutely aware of the importance of having a voice. The refusal of Ohio Sen. Rob Portman and Congressman David Joyce to be present to listen to their constituents at recent town hall meetings face-to-face (not a "tele town hall" as Joyce has proposed) is shameful. These "representatives" have a duty to hear concerns, answer questions and be accountable to all their constituents.

Victoria McWilliams,