LANSING, Mich. -- A Michigan father seeking an age-limit waiver that would allow his son with Down syndrome to play football and basketball next season has made their feelings known to state lawmakers.
Dean Dompierre of the Upper Peninsula community of Ishpeming testified Wednesday at a Senate committee hearing in Lansing with his son, Eric. They support a Senate resolution urging the Michigan High School Athletic Association to adopt a waiver for students with disabilities.
Eric Dompierre turned 19 earlier this school year and started school late because of his disability. The association would need to rewrite its constitutional ban on play by students who turn 19 before Sept. 1.
The association says other schools want to preserve the rule, but it continues to review the topic.