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Nov
8
2013

advocacy

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Have you ever had one of those moments where your heart leaps and you know that the conversation you are currently having is in some way shaping your future? I had that moment yesterday at the IDA conference.

Anyone who follows my writing or knows me knows that I have become an advocate for dyslexia since my oldest child was diagnosed. It started with me simply trying to understand enough to get her the help that she needed. But the more I dove into it, the more fascinated I grew by the diagnosis. I have since joined the Dallas Board of the IDA and written several articles on the subject.

I have felt for awhile that there was something more I needed to do within the dyslexia community, but I had no idea what it was. I hoped that the National Conference might give me some additional guidance.

Yesterday I attended a meeting about advocacy. As one of the speakers shared her story, I was almost in tears. She was a mom of a child who fell through the cracks because dyslexia wasn’t recognized in Texas when he was in school. Once he was diagnosed and got help, he found success. His mom then went on to advocate for change in the state.

First she earned a Master’s of Science in Reading. Soon she joined the Texas Education Agency and helped pass bills so the State would recognize the diagnosis. Then she met with Scottish Rite and helped birth the very facility in which my daughter was diagnosed.

When allowed to ask questions I stood and thanked Geraldine “Tincy” Miller. I told her how she had so personally affected my family, and I stayed after to talk with her about how I can partner with her in making more changes in Texas. As I spoke to her, my heart leapt. Though I still don’t know what it looks like, I know that something great is coming from this meeting. I feel like I finally found someone that went from “just a mom” to a strong advocate to promote real change.

I feel like I was put in that room at that moment for a very specific reason. I don’t know what God has for me when it comes to advocating for change, but I do believe He just showed me a map of how a person like me can be used when willing. And I am.


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