The Infant and Early Childhood Conference (IECC)
The IECC Key Note Speaker, Trudi Inslee, Shares her Experiences of Raising a Child with a Learning Disability
First lady Trudi Inslee, wife of Governor Jay Inslee and a long-time advocate, supporter and volunteer for nonprofits that provide services for children, gave the key note remarks at The Infant and Early Childhood Conference (IECC). This three day event, administrated and sponsored by Boyer Children’s Clinic, was held on Thursday, May 8 at the Tacoma Conference Center. In front of nearly 2,000 educators, therapists, and human service providers, Inslee shared her story about the challenges she faced raising a child with a learning disability.
Governor Jay and Trudi Inslee, along with their three sons, lived in a wonderful old farmhouse surrounded by alfalfa and apple orchards in Selah, Washington. Jay and Trudi realized their oldest son Jack learned differently and they both worked extensively with educators to determine a path to meet his needs.
“She (First lady Trudi Inslee) was truly inspiring,” one participant shared. “Her story emphasized how important it is to take full advantage of those critical early years, so that every child has what he or she needs to do well in school and life.”
The IECC has been a platform for challenging the thinking about diversity and disability in our community. Professionals in fields from neurobiology, to education and human services gather annually to share their expertise and passion with parents, special educators, and paraprofessionals covering every aspect of early childhood education and development.
Starting in 1979, the IECC was created as a way to provide professional support for existing early childhood programs and foster the development of new programs. The late Judi Moore, Boyer’s Executive Director for over 30 years, was the first president of the conference. Now, Boyer continues the legacy of leadership in training early intervention professionals with Michael Stewart, the Executive Director of Boyer Children’s Clinic, as this year’s Conference Administrator.
“Our leadership role with the IECC is an extension of Boyer’s rich history in responding to the increasing demand for professionals who can identify and address the needs of children with developmental disabilities and delays in our region,” says Mike. “We are proud to continue our leadership of this event.”
For more information about the IECC or how to support next year’s conference, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or (206) 325-8477.