LA TAASHA BYRD is a mom to one daughter born with Down Syndrome.  She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University and a Master of Science degree from the University of Central Florida.  She hails from the metropolis of Monticello, Florida where she learned the values of small town life and a love for country living.  She is a proud, self-proclaimed ‘Mom-Schooler’ and chronicles the journey of homeschooling a child with exceptionality in her Facebook blog, Countdown To KShe regularly speaks at conferences and advocates for the special needs community at local, state, and national levels.  She frequently  works with local non-profits in the areas of cultural outreach.  She is the headmaster at Countdown Academy, an online school for parents of exceptional children. She is the author of “Inclusion Is for the Included: A Collection of Stories from a Special Needs Mom“.  Together she and her daughter reside in Orlando, FL where they enjoy many activities in the Florida sun.


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