Join Us On Our Journey To Promote Acceptance And Awareness For All People Living With Special Needs!
WHO IS "PUMP"?
"Pump" was just an everyday loving and devoted wife, working hard to support her blended family. One morning, she tuned into a radio broadcast on her way to work that would unknowingly catapult her into a household name for special needs advocacy. After hearing a popular TV and radio personality exploit the persona of a woman with developmental disabilities for laughs, "Pump" was deeply disturbed and channeled her emotions into a Youtube video that went viral almost instantly. "Pump's" first child was diagnosed with autism at the age of two and for her the “radio skit” aired as comedic entertainment hit too close to home to be taken lightheartedly by anyone who has had the blessing of loving someone with special needs. With the outrage of social media backing her candid thoughts by the thousands, it was soon apparent that there were people all over the world that shared in her disdain for this form of hate and enough was enough. Despite the hosts public apology it was clear that there was much work to be done in the area of developmental and learning disability acceptance and awareness. "Pump" has the loving support of her youngest neurotypical daughter who is an enthusiastic advocate for her big sister, as well as her husband and two loving bonus children who have cheered her on along the way, With the fuel of inspired family, friends and supporters, she has become motivated to use her newly found platform to serve as a voice to the voiceless and carry the torch for the autism and special needs community.
Today, Walk One Day In Our Shoes is a nonprofit organization, which works to promote ACCEPTANCE & AWARENESS for all people with special needs through a variety of avenues:
The Walk One Day In Our Shoes Mission
To promote acceptance & awareness for all people with special needs through a variety of avenues:
The WODIOS Mission is to share "Pump's" personal journey, by having you "Walk One Day In Our Shoes" with real stories of trials and triumphs endured while raising a daughter with autism. The mission is to continue to promote acceptance and awareness for all people living with special needs . I also encourage an open dialogue regarding current news items regarding autism, inclusion/acceptance, and other special needs interests.
"Pump" is proud to present her Special Needs Family Events! You can learn more about these events under the "Events for the Autism Community" tab!
Pump is a Media Correspondent with ABC7 / WJLA in Washington, D.C.
You can find her latest segments here
~Autism / Special Needs Sensitivity Training
"Pump" is available to hold training seminars at your school, church, camp or business. These Sensitivity Trainng seminars will teach others how to properly engage with the special needs community. To learn more about the training sessions, please visit the "Booking / Public Speaking" tab.
Pump volunteers as a Community Outreach Specialist with Autism Speaks. You can learn about her membership with the National African American Autism Community Network here