As I finished giving my keynote address in Austin Texas on Saturday–the conference was called Beyond the ARD: Parents Engaged for Positive Change–the reaction was overwhelming.
Next I’ll be going to Topeka, then back to Minneapolis, and then possibly to Corpus Christi. The offers don’t seem to be going away, which is fine by me. I love this work.
I don’t know of anyone doing work that I consider more noble that those involved in special education and with children’s issues in general. I am always humbled and honored to have any small part in it.
Speaking has been my greatest joy in 2011. My goal for 2012 is to do as much of it as humanly possible, as long as it is helpful to the groups I’m becoming involved with. I have never felt more useful than when I finish a presentation, see the reaction, and talk with people afterward.
In 2012 I am going to waive my speaking fee for three engagements. If you have a child with a disability, or you are part of an organization of special educators, or you work with an organization that helps parents of children with disabilities, I would be honored to come and present to you.
And if you’re willing to pay the expenses I’ll waive the speaking fee for the first three engagements that respond to this.
I don’t care if it’s a group of five or a group of 5,000. I just need it to be disability related, and I have a specific interest in speaking with parents who have children with disabilities.
There are times when I wish I was more money-motivated. I’d have less debt, I’d be a better businessman, and I’d probably have less stress.
But people don’t go into the library world, or into special education, for the money. And if they think that’s why they’re getting into it they’ve been lied to by some invidious knave.
I want to be useful.
If this offer would be useful to you, please send me a message through the contact form and we’ll talk.