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Strengthening Families Washington 2016 Unsung Hero Carrie Fannin

Unsung Hero Carrie Fannin

February 5, 2016

Honoree:  Carrie Fannin, Renton

Nominator:  Katie MacDonald


As a parent of a child with Asperger’s and Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), Carrie Fannin is a strong advocate for vulnerable children and a successful community mobilizer.  Soon after her daughter’s initial diagnosis in 2000, she became a volunteer for the SPD Foundation and began hosting in-person support group meetings for families like hers who were raising children with SPD. 

Her efforts included providing educational speakers and attending resource fairs within the state, all of which she personally funded. The group shared resources and families learned how to advocate for their children in their schools.  She grew the network to 250 families in Washington state and in mid-2009 founded Sensory Planet©, an international online community for parents of children with special needs. 

Between her social network and Facebook groups, her social media reach now exceeds 50,000 individuals! Carrie left a successful career in Commercial Banking in 2012 to accept the position as Executive Director at Children's Institute for Learning Differences.  Her goal has always been to help “normalize” the experience for families who are raising a child with different needs.  She is a tireless advocate for families and children with special needs.  I think she is an absolute inspiration.

Seattle's Child is proud to once again sponsor the Unsung Heroes being honored in February by  the Department of Early Learning’s Strengthening Families Washington. Every day this month we'll present an Unsung Hero on seattleschild.com.   Nominations are accepted from around the state and and include biological parents, grandparents, foster and adoptive parents. Some volunteer at local schools; some have started nonprofit organizations; some mentor others in their communities. All honorees are true heroes - outstanding caregivers doing important work on behalf of children. 

February 1 Honoree: Shelly Willis

February 2 Honoree: Yvette Dear

February 3 Honoree: Teresa Garcia

February 4 Honoree: Chandra Reeves

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