Hi, I’m Becky!
I have always been passionate about supporting people with disabilities, and I have been fortunate to experience disabilities from multiple perspectives. I have had an anxiety disorder my whole life, that I’m just now coming to accept and speak openly about. I was a special education teacher for several years, first as a teacher for the deaf/hard of hearing, and then for kids with multiple disabilities. After years of being on the educator side of things, I am now getting the parent perspective because I have a child who receives SPED services. Also, I am going back to school to get my doctorate in Audiology. My goal is to increase communication and understanding between people with disabilities, families, healthcare providers, educators, therapists, and the non-disabled world!
What’s the deal with “the wrong story”?
Yeah, It seems pretty counter-intuitive to have a negative sounding name for a positive-focused site, but as with everything, there’s a story behind it.
My oldest child has a food allergy to eggs, and after he was diagnosed, I started doing a lot of allergy friendly baking. I was teaching myself food science and I saw that many food allergy parents were looking for this kind of information, so I decided to start a baking blog to help with that. When choosing a name, I looked to my favorite musical theatre show, Into the Woods, and chose “wrong story” both as a nod to the character of the Baker’s Wife, and to that feeling that parents of children with disabilities get when they first get a diagnosis; “I’m in the wrong story, this wasn’t what I expected.”
A few months after I started “Wrong Story Bakes”, my kid was able to start eating baked goods with egg in it, which has been great for him, but made having a food allergy blog unsustainable for me.
When I transitioned away from a food allergy specific blog to one about disabilities in general, I decided to keep the “wrong story” name. A lot of people feel like they’re in the wrong story, and those feelings are valid. It’s not just parents of kids with disabilities it’s also:
- The doctor who has never had a patient use AAC before.
- The 23-year old history teacher who had minimal exposure to special ed in their college program.
- The employer who isn’t opposed to hiring people with disabilities, they just don’t know how to make accommodations.
- The previously ambulatory person who now finds themselves in a wheelchair.
This site is for anyone who is ready to transition from “I’m in the wrong story” to “This is my story”!