How we started
Our Co-Founder and President, Meg Anderson is a mother of 2 beautiful children; a 4 year old boy name Konrad and a 16 month old girl named Adeline. Most people might not realize it at first glace, but Konrad has pervasive developmental disorder - not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS), which is on the autism spectrum. Ever since Konrad was a baby, he had trouble communicating and hitting his expected milestones. Meg was disappointed with the his physicians apparent disregard for the seriousness of his condition. They failed to offer her any resources and didn’t seem to take her fears and concerns seriously. She became frustrated and decided to take things into her own hands. Since the very doctors she had entrusted her son’s care to wouldn’t point her in the right direction, she would have to educate herself.
After months of research, reading and contacting various providers, she became even more frustrated and jaded about the services currently available within her community. Meg enrolled Konrad in an Early Intervention Education Program through the school system. Konrad has made amazing strides in his communication and social interactions, but Meg and her husband Troy wanted more.
During her pregnancy with their second child, Meg founded an online mother’s group for women expecting in April of 2012. A woman in her group named Lori was also a mother of a special needs child named Carter. A beautiful boy with Spina Bifida. Lori spoke about this pageant system in Arkansas especially for children and adults with special needs. Meg had never heard of anything like it thought it was such an amazing opportunity, she wanted Konrad to be involved. Unfortunately, there was nothing of its kind in Minnesota. So Meg reached out to the BJ Thorn, the founder of the Angels Pageant System and asked how she could start direct her own pageant in Minnesota.
BJ gave her all the tools and resources she had and encouraged Meg on her quest. As Meg started planning and speaking with her friends and family about the idea, a couple of her friends, Matt and Jenn loved the idea and thought we could do more than just a pageant.
We created a networking hub for the special needs community where people can come together and share their experiences and resources, and allow people to become better advocates for their special needs loved ones.
Our mission is “to celebrate special needs individuals, connect them with resources that can improve their quality of life, increase public awareness and act as a networking hub for strengthening the special needs community.”
“Creating bridges for people in need.”
“Real. Special Experiences.”