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Minnesota Angels Pageant
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Meghan Anderson - Pageant Director - firstname.lastname@example.org
Serina Stokke - Pageant Co-Director - email@example.com
Luci Miller - Pageant Co-Director - firstname.lastname@example.org
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Meghan Anderson, Director
My son Konrad will be 4 years old in March and he has Pervasive Developmental Disorder-Not Otherwise Specified, or PDD-NOS for short. (Click here to learn more - http://www.autismspeaks.org/what-autism/pdd-nos).
PDD-NOS is on the Autism Spectrum.
Konrad can’t communicate like the rest of us because his verbal communication abilities are limited. It’s not that he can’t talk, or make words, it’s just most of the time it’s unintelligible and/or he uses words incorrectly. We are working diligently to improve his verbal skills, but he may never be able to attain the same level of verbal communication as an average “non-special needs” individual.
Konrad also has limited cognitive and recognition abilities. Though he is higher functioning on the Autism Spectrum, he may never be able to attain higher level thinking or reasoning.
Outwardly, Konrad LOOKS like a “normal” child his age, but once you interact with him, you notice that he “isn’t like the other kids”.
But when you really get to know him, you can see the most amazing things. Konrad is capable and motivated to help others. He adores his baby sister Adeline and is always conscious of what she is doing and making sure she isn’t getting into trouble. (Or is teaching her how to not get caught… Lol.)
He is extremely compassionate and is very aware of emotional cues and the tone of the atmosphere. Konrad also has an amazing sense of humor, is quite a joker and has excellent comedic timing. He loves to sing his ABCs and loves music and“circle time” at school.
Konrad is my angel and he is the reason why I wanted to bring an Angels Pageant to Minnesota. He inspires me to want to make a difference, make an impact and help others who have special needs. And Konrad wants to make a difference too!
Serina Stokee, Co-Director
I have always been passionate about individuals with special needs
which prompted me to get a degree in Human Services. I currently am a Program Director for a group home where my husband, 5 month old son and I live with 4 disabled adults whom I coordinate home, community, medical and personal activities for. I have also worked with elementary school children with disabilities for over 7 years.
The main reason why I wanted to be involved with the Minnesota
Angels Pageant is because I truly believe every child, teen and adult with
special needs deserves a chance to be beautiful, get pampered and get the
recognition they deserve for being wonderful in their own right. Individuals
with special needs hold a special place in my heart and I think this pageant
will give them their opportunity to SHINE! I want to be involved in making this
possible, and I hope you do too.
Luci Miller, Co-Director
I live in Michigan with my husband of 14 years John, and our 4 children, Austin, Gracie, Emmett and Jackson.
One day, Meghan and I were talking and she happened to mention this project she was going to be starting up in Minnesota. A pageant for special needs individuals. Little did she know, I used to volunteer for the Special Olympics as an Aquatics coach when I was a teenager and have always had a place in my heart for those with special needs. The more she told me, the more I knew I had to be involved in some way. I knew we had to make this happen.
Volunteering for Special Olympics gave me a whole new outlook on life. It changed my perception of the special needs community and helped mold me into the person I am today. When I met those amazing athletes and realized the love and support around them, I was awestruck. Coaching them week after week and then finally at the statewide Summer Games showed me what true strength and dedication is and helped prepare me for the trials I would face in my own life. The experience really taught me to appreciate both victories and defeat and to never back down.
From giving birth to 4 children, living with chronic pain from fibromyalgia, to helping me find the strength to carry on when my daughter was born with a birth defect (Duane’s Syndrome, a disorder that affects the muscles in her eye as well as adversely affects her vision), to when my youngest son was born premature, having acute respiratory distress and having to be intubated and spend the first weeks of life in the NICU.
Without my experiences with individuals with special needs, I wouldn’t have the outlook on life and family as I do today. They changed my life just simply by being who they are and I want to help make this pageant a success and help showcase their amazing spirits, personalities and hearts.
My hope is to start a Michigan Angels Pageant sometime next year!