Sheila in Person

One in five people in the United States suffers from some form of mental or physical disability. Often, they are pushed aside or ignored due to the false perception that they are unable to contribute.

The playwright Arthur Miller, French President Charles DeGaulle, and U.S. Ambassador Joseph P. Kennedy — all notable people who dealt with their own family secrets — felt it safer to hide disabilities in the shadows rather than bring them into the light.

Sheila Allee’s incredible and compelling story of her Uncle Melrose and his positive, affirming and life-changing impact challenges this misconception with truth. Her moving and revealing speeches bring to light the desire we all share to embrace those in need and in so doing, enrich our lives with love, joy and compassion.

Speaking Topics:

Those Who Are Weakest Speak With the Most Powerful Voices

Those with disabilities often have the strongest message of hope and change for those of us in need of perspective and healing.

Good Samaritans: Positively Impacting the Lives of People With Disabilities

Pinpointing small, yet significant ways to influence the disabled community in your area

Past Shame, Present Dignity: Moving From the Shadows into the Light

The historical treatment of those with disabilities is being replaced with a new attitude and a fresh direction.

Applause for ‘My Father’s Eyes’

“Sheila Allee is a fine writer. A book like this one is not easy to write for general readership and at the same time for sophisticated insiders like professionals, parents with disabled children, and people with disabilities themselves. Many authors have tried. Few succeed on the scale Sheila has. Her book builds to a dramatically orchestrated conclusion [and] reads more like the work of a skillful novelist than that of a nonfiction writer.”
David Braddock, Ph.D.
Senior Associate Vice President, University of Colorado &
Executive Director, Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities

“My Father’s Eyes is a fascinating and insightful book. It is a story that could be told countless times by families throughout this country and a story that we all must work to insure never happens again! My Father’s Eyes will make you sad, it will make you happy and it will make you think. It is a book that had to be written and must be read.”
Jaylon Fincannon
Former Deputy Commissioner
Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation

“Sheila Allee’s book, My Father’s Eyes, has had an important impact on my thinking about the meaning of disability in American culture. [The story] has enriched my thoughts and feelings about intellectual disabilities, families and the struggle that our society has had in coming to terms with human differences of all kinds.”
J. David Smith, Professor Emeritus
University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Author of Ignored, Shunned and Invisible: How the Label “Retarded” Has Denied Freedom and Dignity to Millions


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