Welcome Hannah Lazarz to SEAC!

Hannah Lazarz is joining the Special Education Advocacy Center as a new intern helping with the newsletter.  Hannah is a junior at Vanderbilt University studying Theatre and Communication studies.  At Vanderbilt, she is an Ingram Scholar and works with Next Steps at Vanderbilt as an Ambassadore for students with disabilities.  Hannah also works with Backlight Productions, a theatre for adults with disabiltites in Franklin, TN.

SEAC is partnering with Developmental Services of Dickson County to provide training for parents in Cheatham and Robertson counties on May 7, 2016 from 1-3pm.   This training will be held at the Cheatham County Public Library.  If you are interested in attending, please email

SEAC is partnering with the Down Syndrome Association of Middle Tennessee to provide a traning for parents in Wilson County on May 3 from 6-8 p.m.  Location will be provided soon.  If you are interested in attending, please email or sign up at

Well, here it is: our first blog post for our brand new SEAC website. How exciting! I’ve been waiting for this day, when we could roll out this organization to the community, and begin to offer comprehensive and effective services to families, for many years.

When my son first was diagnosed with a chromosomal disorder in 2001, I thought my world had ended. I was angry. I was frightened. I was incredibly sad for my son’s older brother. I was jealous of my friends who had neurotypical toddlers who were thriving and laughing and starting to walk and talk. Truth be told, I was a mess.

If you’re a parent reading this, you get it. I’ve always maintained that on this journey, the period leading up to diagnosis, and receiving a diagnosis for your child, are the hardest, most painful parts. For me, during the agonizing months leading up to my son’s diagnosis, I experienced despair, fear and worry unlike any I had ever known.

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