Hello! My name is Melissa Caylor. I have been an educational advocate for several years. My daughter was born with Down Syndrome, and I quickly realized that advocacy was my calling.
I was born in Ohio, but lived in Florida most of my life. I have two children, my daughter Allison, and my son Tony. Both recently graduated high school. My daughter is exploring the culinary field, and my son is going to Fire college to be a firefighter/paramedic. I recently became engaged to the love of my life, and very much looking forward to a great future.
I have been part of several advocacy organizations over the years, and been asked to speak at numerous conferences and workshops throughout the State of Florida. Most of my advocacy training and dedication was working with a great group of advocates in an organization called STAND. I met Mark, and soon we were forming local chapters; I chaired the Pinellas Chapter.
I have hosted several large conferences bringing school districts, professionals and parents together to work collaboratively in getting children the services they need to be successful.
I also belong to the local Down Syndrome support group, and have assisted in organizing the Annual Down Syndrome Buddy Walk since its inception 11 years ago.
My experiences and background have assisted me in becoming an advocate for children with special needs. I look forward to continuing to serve this population.