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To the Movement

July 31, 2013




WE MADE IT TO PROVIDENCE !  It is hard to believe we began on the adventure 12 days ago in California.  Even harder to believe that in a year we have come full circle, as it was at the last OI that the idea for this tour was born.

This tour has been an incredible experience.  Not only the 12 days, but also the 12 months it took to see this project through to the finish.  We learned so much about project management, communication, logistics, planning, outreach, execution and leading a team. The tour itself was a greater success than any of us imagined.  It went flawlessly and although busy and hectic at times we had a lot of fun.  The tour team really bonded over the late night drives, early mornings, countless interactions, and sharing our stories with one another.  There were so many laughs, ridiculous moments, so much singing, impromptu dancing, and great conversations.  I honestly couldn’t have asked for a better tour team and am getting separation anxiety just thinking about leaving them all.

Highlights from the Adventure:

Molly –“ Meeting so many enthused LD people throughout the tour and specifically Roan who drove all the way from Toledo, Ohio to our presentation in Chicago.  Roan exemplifies the bright future this movement has and the power and creativity of those with LDs.”

Patrick – “The Children’s Museum in Omaha was the highlight for me because we got to interact with so many children and talk to so many parents.  I felt we really got to spread the message of our movement at this location.”

Emma – “The highlight for me was meeting the mothers of LD/ADHD kids and sharing stories with them.  They were truly inspiring and their passion for their children and the LD/ADHD cause was incredible motivation along the road.”

Katie- “All of the unexpected people we met like the cashier at the Coffeeshop in Chicago and the woman in the souvenir shop in Omaha. I was surprised by the amount of support and enthusiasm we received from the general public which fueled my energy for our tour even more”

Hallie –“Meeting people in every city and being met with support. I wasn’t expecting so many people to share their LD/ADHD stories. I also like being the only one with ADHD on the tour because I got to be the face of ADHD of the group.”

Rehana –“It was incredible to meet so many people with a shared experience, that was difficult for many of them, and see how as a community everyone has met their obstacles with determination and faith in themselves and each other. I don’t have an LD (only ally on the tour team! Woop!), but I know what it feels like to struggle with education and hear people say that you can’t do something, or you’re not smart enough. LD or not, it was very empowering to hear people say that you know what, yes you can.”

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We cannot end our final blog post without thanking a few people who helped us get to the finish line.  To the national office, you gave us an incredible gift by saying “yes” the first time we ever submitted a proposal.  Beyond that the support we have received during the planning and execution was incredible and you have taught us so much—lessons we will take with us forever.  To our hosts, without your kind hospitality our tour could not have happened, thank you so much for opening your homes to us.  To the organizers and partners of our Think Different Diplomat talks, without you we would not have reached the broad audiences we were able to reach.  You truly helped spread the message of empowerment and hope and helped propel us on our movement.  Thank you to our parents, whose unconditional support never waivered in the 12-month process.  You were there for us always, as well as opened your homes, and refrigerators for the tour team.  You were always there with an encouraging word and helpful advice.  We love you very much.

Lastly, thank you to all of you, our supporters and followers. By sharing, liking, and talking about us you are helping us reach an even broader audience than we could have ever reached alone. Thank you for joining our movement and striking out stigma!!

To the movement,

The Tour Team


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