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This profile was last updated on 11/23/13  and contains information from public web pages.

Mrs. Mattie Wilson

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Email: m***@***.net
Local Address:  Shreveport , Louisiana , United States

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Department of Instruction, 23 Nov 2013 [cached]
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Board of Directors, 3 June 2012 [cached]
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LATAN - Louisiana Assistive Technology Access Network, 23 Aug 2009 [cached]
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Shreveport native Mattie Wilson has always been an advocate for her developmentally disabled son, Robert.
She strongly supported him from academics to his participation in the Special Olympics.
"I noticed that his cognition wasn't at 4-year-old level," said Wilson of her son, who was diagnosed with a developmental disability at age 4.
"I was working with him and I made sure that all of his schools were, even if it meant driving across town to make sure he was in the right setting."
Today, Robert, 24, is in driver's education courses.
"Whether he succeeds is not a problem," Wilson said.
Wilson was presented the Patsy Barrett Memorial Award at the governor's 2007 Disability Community Action and Leadership Award Ceremony on Dec. 14 at the Governor's Mansion. Wilson was among nine honored at the event.
"It's a prestigious honor," Wilson said.
She was nominated for her work to increase awareness about disability affairs, which included speaking publicly about disability issues at seminars and other events and her promotion of Blanco's declaration of October as Disabilities Awareness Month.
Wilson also has discussed compliance issues with public safety officials, she said.
Her zest for helping others started with her son, but due in part to her own experiences has extended to others.
On Aug. 9, 1986, Wilson, her children and two friends were involved in a car accident on a weekend trip to Shreveport.
On Interstate 20, between Longview and Tyler, Texas, the car that the group was riding in went 275 feet off the interstate and down an embankment.
Wilson's daughter, Twameeka, then 3, walked up the embankment and along the interstate for three miles until a car stopped to help.
Wilson woke up at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas. It took a month for her to realize what was going on, she said.
"The doctor said that I would never walk again and then left the room," she said. "It devastated my life. I was 35 years old at the time, recently divorced and I had two babies to raise."
For Wilson, that moment was the start of some of the biggest obstacles that she had ever faced.
"I had to learn how to live again," she said. "I had to learn how to tie my shoes, to cook and to care for my children. It changed my life forever."
Wilson spent six months in rehab where exercises helped her to build strength in her arms. She took cooking classes to relearn skills and also learned how to drive using hand controls. She later learned to ski, scuba dive and swim - all of which she didn't know how to do before the accident.
"I was motivated to learn as much as I could because I wanted to pass it on to my children," she said. "I went through a lot, but I ended up doing it all. It changed my life and how I look at life."
Two years after the accident, Wilson left her career as a real estate broker and moved back to Shreveport where she became heavily involved in spreading awareness for persons with disabilities and their rights.
Six years ago she was recommended for a seat on the Advocacy Center board in New Orleans where she worked as an advocate for persons with disabilities through the court system. She worked closely with a team of lawyers to represent those whose rights were violated through such situations as nursing home abuse. The group played a big part in cases during the aftermath of hurricanes Katrina and Rita, she said.
Wilson also worked with Louisiana Assistive Technology Access Network in getting needed technology ahead of FEMA during the aftermath of the hurricanes, she said.
Wilson currently is president of the Advocacy Center board and a member of the advisory council for the Governor's Office of Disability Affairs, of which she was appointed by Gov.
In addition, Wilson is a board member of The Arc of Caddo-Bossier - a program that helps infants and toddlers with down syndrome in Caddo and Bossier parishes - and serves as fund raising chair for the Special Olympics.
Wilson also is on the mayor's Advisory Council for Disability Affairs in Shreveport.
Looking back, "'86 was an awesome year," Wilson said.
Both her children and her work, has shown her that her positive outlook about life has not been in vain, she said.
"I didn't want to be seen in a wheelchair," she said. "It was a challenge to see folks that I knew because I didn't want them to see me as disabled. My children inspired me to learn and to get better."
Today, she is independent and committed to her continued advocacy for persons with disabilities.
"Awareness needs to be taught to the walking," Wilson said.
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