Lynne Tamor

Lynne is the parent of a young man with very significant ID/DD and has been working as a parent advocate, first for her son and then more broadly, for over 20 years. Beginning in Partners in Policymaking in 1996, she began to work consciously to build friendships and advocacy alliances with adults with disabilities. In 2008, she and Nancy Ward, a leading self-advocate, became partners on funded projects and also informal advocacy efforts. This led to many discussions of the tensions that exist between parent advocates and self-advocates, and finding ways to overcome them to build a strong coalition. Hence this TASH discussion topic. Lynne’s doctorate in education focused on individual differences in how people learn and process information. Much of what she worked on would now be called learning disabilities, but she still prefers the term “individual differences”. In the 30-some years since then, her professional work has twisted and turned. Most important for this presentation, she served as a Lead Family Advocate for the Association for Children’s Mental Health for several years and then became the Executive Director of TheArcLink Incorporated and its successor, the Center for Accessible Information. She has a long history of volunteer involvements, including chairing her Intermediate School District’s Special Education Parent Advisory Committee and its regional state umbrella organization. She served on the Michigan Developmental Disabilities Council for 6 years, and on her county Arc Board for about the same amount of time. At present, her professional interests focus on making all aspects of the political process accessible to people with disabilities and on providing Internet and Computer Training for people who don’t find standard approaches useful.

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