Today we’d like to introduce you to Dina Alsaid.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
Over six years ago, my son Abe was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. The moment you hear the diagnosis, you feel like your whole world has come crashing down. We had no one to talk to or to even understand what was going on. I had to use Google to do all my research.
I had no idea about autism spectrum disorder, sensory processing disorder or even hyperactivity. I became very involved with The Warren center in Richardson Texas. It is a therapeutic center that offers early childhood intervention and therapy services. January 2017, I entered the Texas Plus America pageant as Mrs. Richardson Texas Plus America 2017. The 1st thing they ask you when you enter a pageant is what is your platform? I automatically answered without even thinking, autism awareness.
At the pageant, I won spokes model on my speech about autism awareness and the need for early intervention programs. I also won my division, Mrs. Texas us America 2017. I continue to serve my community and volunteer with the Warren center. Then when I went on to compete in Mrs. Plus America, I was awarded the national Miss Plus America Ms. Community Service title. I dedicated my year as Mrs. Texas Plus America to community service. At the end of my reign, I donated my winnings to The Warren Center to provide therapy hours for children.
This past summer 2018, The Warren Center nominated my family to become the face of the center for their 50th-anniversary campaign. I continue to serve the center even continuing my platform of autism awareness, this past November in Chicago at the American Elegance pageant where I competed as Ms. Arab U.S. Elegance International 2018 and won the International division as Ms. Elegance International 2019.
My son’s diagnosis did break me in the beginning. But I had to realize soon that my current situation is not my final destination. I took the information that I had gathered, and I decided that I was going to help other individuals and families that are in my same situation.
Has it been a smooth road?
I had to learn that I could not win every pageant I entered. At Miss Plus America 2017, I came in 2nd runner up in my division. I then spent the next 11 months preparing for Miss Plus World and again, 2nd runner up. I did want to give up on my dream of continuing in pageantry. But I knew, I had a goal, and that was to spread autism awareness.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with Ms. Elegance International 2019 – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
I take pride in competing in pageants, but I do use it to help further my platform. It is very important to spread awareness. It’s not just that I’m preparing my son for the future, but I am preparing the future for someone like my son.
Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
We are very lucky in the DFW area to have so many programs for special needs families. I advocate on behalf of the Warren center because they do not just provide their public services. They provide a parent support group and monthly workshops for parents and caregivers.
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