Today, February 7, I had the pleasure of speaking to the Arizona Partners in Policymaking (PIP) ’14-’15 class sponsored by Pilot Parents of Tucson. Not only is this group close to my heart because I am a PIP alumnus myself and it’s a honor to be asked back as a presenter, but the majority of the participants are ones I most enjoy encouraging– parents of young kids with disabilities. I know that may seem strange, but here’s why: I’ve discovered just how intensely they can worry about their children’s future roles in society and it’s a distinct blessing to be a real-life example of what achievements are possible.
Those I met today were extremely welcoming and eager to learn from my experiences. They asked some new, very thoughtful questions, which was a ton of fun! Topics of inquiry ranged from my favorite assistive technology devices and communication apps from Assistive Ware to my experiences at ASU and my current daily living routines. I’ve always said I’ll answer anything because you never know when something that seems insignificant to me may be the sign or solution at the heart of an audience member’s prayers. It’s always the best part of a presentation day when my first round of Q & A spurs on a second, even more in depth batch of questions and with my responses dawns a visible light of hope on all the participants’ faces. I know I’ve done my job when someone thanks me with, “you’ve given me so many new ideas for my kids!”
I hope I’ll get to help them share their stories someday!
“With God all things are possible” – Matthew 19:26
A couple of the attendees asked me if they could have a copy of my presentation, so the written speech and PowerPoint slides can be downloaded by clicking the link below. Enjoy!
Brooke Brown’s PIP Presentation Folder
10 thoughts on “The Blessing of Giving Hope”
I’m so grateful I was able to meet you and hear your story. Thank you for being open to God’s calling for you, you are changing people’s lives. I wanted to also say I just learned tonight that you and my good friend Jolene De Tiege are friends I wasn’t surprised as she is another amazing inspiration of mine. Jolene has been a huge supporter in my families endeavor to raise money and awareness for Muscular Dystrophy. All 3 of my son’s have DMD and Jojo has been our best fundraiser.
Thank you again Elizabeth
Thank you, Liz! You’re so sweet! Knowing I encouraged you today brings joy to my heart. Jolene actually messaged me as soon as I posted this blog, LOL! She could barely contain her excitement that I got to meet you and told me about your boys. ☺️ She most definitely is amazing. My business would never get off the ground if not for her help. She’s truly been my angel the last few months!
Anyway, I hope The Little Butterfly Girl speaks to you in exactly the right way. Feel free to contact me anytime!
It’s true, I was super excited you two met each other, lol! You both, Brooke and Liz, are amazingly awesome ladies and I’m blessed to know both of you! I’m fortunate and thankful that you both allow and even want me to be a part of the things you two are involved in. I find it to be more than a blessing to be able to help and be part of great teams/great people, so thank you! 🙂
You’re pretty freakin’ awesome yourself, Babe!!! Love you!💞
Thank you! Love you too dear friend! ♥
God has so gifted you with the ability to encourage and lift up the people around you. I am so blessed to know you. It is a joy to see you sharing your gift!
Thank you, my sweet friend! Don’t know what I’d do without your constant support and encouragement. I love you! 😊💜
That is so wonderful Brooke! I’m sorry I missed it, sounds like the group were really engaged, listening and interested in you and what you do. It’s always great to present to people like that, and knowing your accomplishments inspire them and give them hope. Love the picture! Thanks for sharing Brooke, love you dear friend!
Thank you, Love! You’ll be at the next one for sure.💜 *HUG*
Yes, most definitely!☺♥ *hugs!*