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Everett mom discovered how powerful her voice could be

Emilie Everett became an advocate for sons and for other families.

Seattle’s Child is proud to partner with the state Department of Children, Youth and Families Strengthening Families Washington to honor outstanding caregivers doing important work on behalf of children.

All month long, we’ll introduce you to Unsung Heroes from around the state: biological parents, grandparents, foster and adoptive parents. Some volunteer at local schools; some have started nonprofits; some mentor others in their communities. Enjoy their stories.

Emilie Everett, Everett

Emilie Everett is the mother of three young children, including two sons on the autism spectrum.

Feeling overwhelmed, Emilie reached out to her local Parent to Parent program and started attending special-needs parent support groups and classes learning how to navigate autism, challenging behaviors, disability resources, therapies and special education services.

Emilie has used her family’s hardships and experiences to help support others on a similar journey. She is an active volunteer Helping Parent and IEP Parent Partner, ready to provide 1-on-1 peer support to other parents of children with autism and developmental disabilities.

In 2020, Emilie completed The Arc of Snohomish County’s Leadership Development program. She credits the leadership program with inspiring her to become more involved in advocacy. In August, she was a parent panelist in a statewide webinar with the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction hosted by The Arc of Washington and the Washington state Developmental Disabilities Council addressing the needs of special education families during COVID-19.

In the fall, Emily enrolled in the Nonprofit Management certificate program at the University of Washington. As a virtual student, alongside her three children, she plans to one day work in the nonprofit sector, furthering the cause of marginalized communities.

Emilie shared, “I used to think I had no voice, but then I had to become a voice for my sons, and it has forever changed me.”

Nominator: Alaina Kube

 

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