The Early Intervention System’s Interagency Coordinating Council (ICC) recently welcomed four new faces.
Tametria Conner, Rachel Harrison, and Lori Skidmore are the newest parent voices for the ICC, formally joining the council at its quarterly meeting March 9. With the addition of Susan Bradt as the new Head Start representative, the ICC now comprises a full 21 members.
Conner comes to the ICC having served 10 years in the field of broadcast journalism as a news anchor and reporter, most recently working with WSFA. She advocates for her 2-year old son and said she looks forward to learning from other parents and public/private providers of early intervention services and contributing to a new discussion of community partnerships and support for parents of children with disabilities through outreach and awareness.
Harrison is the mother of four children. She has been involved with Early Intervention on the local and state level since her family’s introduction to the program when their youngest child, Anna Pruitt, was only weeks old. She has been involved with legislative outreach and as a parent presenter at the District Early Intervention Council Conference. The Harrison family is also featured in the 2015 ADRS Annual Report.
Skidmore works in the Marshall County School System as a speech-language pathologist serving preschool-age children with significant disabilities. She became acquainted with Early Intervention through her son, and strives to give back to an organization that played a crucial role in her family’s life. She said she is driven to ensure that all families have an experience as positive as hers, and she welcomes this opportunity to serve, using her own personal and professional experiences.
Bradt has 21 years of experience improving the wellness of young children from low-income families with St. Clair County Head Start and the Alabama Head Start Association. She has also served in various advisory roles for special education and Early Intervention. She currently advises the northern cohort of Alabama Head Start on unique strategies and collaboration with local education agencies in an effort to serve children with disabilities.