|Jenny Sprague, founder of FABlogCon and blogger at Multiple Food Allergy Help, and Caroline Moassessi, blogger at Grateful Foodie & all around food allergy renegade!|
|Just some of the photos I snapped during the FARE Walk event in Las Vegas.|
|I had to represent too, of course. ;) My shirt I wore doing the FARE Walk promoting |
KeeleyMcGuire.com & EasyLunchboxes
- Learn how to tell your story
- Keep it PERSONAL
- Teach, don't demand
- Think about the group at large & how to relate
- ALWAYS be thankful
- Varies state-to-state
- Ask questions & do research
- Understand 504's & the difference between IHCP's
- Find out what's going on with other people or organizations - figure out how to partner
- Know your remedies (your counter remarks & answers)
Understand the steps:
- It's a MARATHON, not a sprint! (So important!)
- Don't be intimidated by complexity
- Know the players/ coalition - Know your audience to tailor your message
"They can't make a good law unless we tell them what we need." I wrote this down in my notes and don't remember which of the three women spoke it... but it's so true. And why it's so important to have that clear message and goal when you start this process.
- Make it understood
- Make it easy
- Make it desirable
- Make it rewarding
- Make it a habit
Educate the Educators. "You don't know what you don't know." This includes working with the PTO, letters to the school community, peer education (classmates). One great idea they gave (that I hadn't thought of) is asking for food allergies & special diets to be a topic during a Staff Development In-Service Day. This is the perfect time to have the attention of the entire school staff and to educate them properly on handling food allergies and special diets and also emergency epinephrine use in their classrooms.
Remember, this is a "quiet success" but has a mushroom effect (as Jan Hanson put it). We're raising the bar, setting standards, planting seeds... it will lead to future success and growth!
|Jenny Sprague, Founder of the Food Allergy Bloggers Conference. Love this woman!|
(How'd I do? That's 19 pages of notes I've tried to summarize in the most complimentary and thorough fashion I could.)
If you have the opportunity to attend FABlogCon next year, I highly recommend it. I personally cannot wait to go again and learn more from my blogging peers and food allergy advocates.
I'm in awe of the fantastic work Jenny & Homa did in putting this all together. There were many quiet volunteers, as well, that spent countless hours helping make this event happen.
A special thank you to all the vendors and sponsors of this event! The swag bags were crazy amazing. My daughter is swimming in food allergy love! Without you, this conference may not have been possible.
Another special thank you to Chef Keith Norman of the South Point Hotel & Casino. You and your team did such a fantastic job of handling everyone's dietary needs and allergies during the event. I heard time and time again from attendees "it's so great to go somewhere and be able to eat everything!" As someone who's on a special diet and has a daughter with anaphylaxis to foods, thank you!
To all the lovely bloggers I met during the conference, or had met before but was able to see again, you are all amazing people. Keep on advocating. Keep on sharing your voice. Keep on following your mission. Don't give up. Don't get discouraged. Even when we might feel small, remember the conference. Remember what it felt like to be around all those people, in the same fight as you. We are a community. A family. Be strong. Be bold.