- Posted July 6, 2012 by
Vero Beach, Florida
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Because of the Internet...
I am a Voice for Children of Parents with Special Needs
- Jareen, CNN iReport producer
Everyone has a destiny. For me the internet makes my fate possible.
I am a voice for parents of children with special needs. The internet provides me a means of sharing my stories in support and in advocacy for parents of children with like mine.
My writing is a voice that lifts up other parents who might not be as eloquent with words or are afraid to speak out.
I use iReport as a means of sharing our life and experiences to encourage fellow parents and raise awareness to others. I also write for a parenting magazine, Parenting Special Needs, which is strictly an on-line magazine that reaches parents across the United States. In addition, I write locally, in my own backyard. Even our local paper uses the internet as a means of uploading and sharing my stories. Although the publication is also produced the old fashion way, in print, the process begins with the internet.
I have to say that after a long battle to bring our son, Wyatt, into the world, I knew that God had given me a gift. It was a process to figure out what to do to honor the present that had been given to my husband, Jim, and I. Through a path of experiences, it has become clear to me, that I must continue to speak out and to share. I am driven by the encouragement of local professionals, fellow parents, and my iReport friends to keep “putting myself out there.” It takes a bit of risk to “splay” yourself open as you share some of your most intimate and often frustrating experiences with the world. However, I am grounded in faith that people need to know my child, like theirs, has a place in this world. They just need a chance and a world that accepts each other for what makes them unique and not what defines their disability.
If limitations bring opportunity – then the internet brings hope and a voice for understanding.