I’ve always been a quiet person (until you get to know me, I suppose), someone who would rather avoid confrontation than speak up and “cause trouble.”
This all changed when I became part of the disability community 13 years ago, as the mother of an awesome kid with Down syndrome. With the birth of my son also came the birth of an advocate: me.
It wasn’t an immediate change, as I still struggle of when and how to speak up, but in the last year I’ve definitely found myself more determined to have my voice heard. Not only have I advocated for my son, but I’ve gone beyond that to also share my concerns with elected officials in terms of federal and state issues that affect the Down syndrome community and the larger disability community. For the woman who hates phone calls, this was a huge leap outside of my comfort zone, but I did it anyway.