A little history…

Since Beau & Bitty’s arrival, my husband and I have been advocating for the inclusion and acceptance of all people, especially those with intellectual disabilities.  In March 2012, I attended a support group meeting for parents of special needs children.  The guest speaker was from the Special Olympics organization and the evening’s topic was the “Spread the Word to End the Word” campaign.  (Spread the Word to End the Word is a campaign to raise awareness of the hurtful effects of the word “retard(ed)” and encourage people to pledge to stop using it.)  It was at that meeting that I feel my purpose in life was revealed.  This campaign mattered to me.  I began writing a song that night.  “It Starts With A Voice” was completed 48 hours later.  The rest is history…

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