I believe I will be able to participant in those areas of the movement that I have interest in more fully and also be able to listen to different view points without disdain.
I think I am more confident about how I present myself' and my wishes. I'm not nervous about talking to politicians now. I also think I'm angrier, more militant, and less able to keep my mouth shut when I see inequities. Hopefully, I'll find a way to "use" my anger constructively.
I am now president of a Family Support Group. I prepare and distribute a one page, three column newsletter, along with other pertinent information to a mailing list of over 50 families and over 15 others, including providers, interested professional, and educators. We have provided information to schools. I feel much more comfortable in writing or otherwise contacting legislators: I don't have to be an expert, attorney, or professional. My knowledge as a parent and advocate is valuable and I am a powerful and convincing spokesperson.