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Melinda Smith Pace
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  • Bettendorf, IA
  • United States
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My role:
Parent, Friend, Advocate, Individual with a disability
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My child's age range:
Elementary, Middle School, High School
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About Myself:
I am a stay at home mom of three kids ages 9, 12 and 15.I have been married for over 16 years.I have a masters degree in public administration and non profit management. I volunteer many places to help families of kids with disabilities. I run an art show at the Family Museum every October for kids with disabilities to promote awareness and acceptance.
About My Family:
I have 3 kids, Beka age 9, Francie age 12 and Wesley age 15. My husband's name is Mike. He works for the Rock Island Arsonal and has been a civilian employee and a solider. We also have a service dog in training, Copper who is an a aussie/border collie mix.
I'm here because...
My husband has been diagnosed with aspergers. My 9 year old has non verbal learning disabilities, adhd and kidney issues. My Francie has autism (PDD NOS) and bipolar disorder. Wes has aspergers.Since we found out about Francie's autism I have been an adovocate, volunteering many hours to help parents with IEPs, resources,doctors and activities.Our life is full and never boring.
Disability Interests:
ADD/ADHD, Aspergers, Autism, Behavioral, Developmental Delay, Emotional Disability, Learning Disability, Intellectual Disability, Orthopedic Impairment, Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Unknown

Melinda Smith Pace's Blog

We Wish You A Merry Autism Christmas

Posted on April 25, 2015 at 4:36pm 0 Comments

                                   We wish you a Merry Autism Christmas!


            Today is Christmas, Autism Christmas! Yes you heard me right. I recently received gifts from Autism Santa for my three kids who are on the spectrum.  The gifts come from a man who is known as Autism Santa. I personally don’t know Autism Santa but I love what he has done. It all started with trains. He decided to send a train to a child with autism that he did not know. Then suddenly he…


Why Some Of My Best Friends Are People I Never Met

Posted on April 24, 2015 at 4:59pm 0 Comments

Why Some Of My Best Friends Are People I Never Met


            I can honestly say that some of my best friends are people I never met. The internet has been a source of information, resources and support, yes, support for me. Since we started this path long, long time ago I have become dependent on the internet. I have found Facebook support groups, specific web support groups and social media groups created just to support people with disabilities. I have also…


Top Ten Reasons Why You Should Go To A Transition Workshop

Posted on April 19, 2015 at 12:37pm 0 Comments

Top Ten Reasons Why You Should Go To A Transition Workshop

 1.  Information.  As with every conference or workshop I have attended there is tons of information. Just when you think you have learned about every resource in your county you find out there is more, maybe even just what you need. At the transition workshop I went to I learned about workshops that were focused on transition. My oldest child is 17. He…


Do Not Fear Transition

Posted on March 29, 2015 at 8:30pm 4 Comments

Transition. It is a word I avoid. One that spreads fear in my thoughts. For you see, some days I feel as if I can barely get through the day. You know that feeling, we all know it. Yet, with all my careful planning and working towards success for my three kids who have disabilities you would think I have it all already figured it out. I don’t. Like most moms I am clueless other than my wishes for success. I tend to live day to day.

            Before I can continue I should introduce…


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