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Raise Awareness by Voting for an Understood Webby Award

News About Understood blog post by Amanda Morin
Apr 17, 2015

People’s Choice site for internet award nominations

Ever heard of a Webby?

It’s like the Oscars of the Internet. Twitter won a Webby honor in 2009. Other winners include websites like, Mashable and TED, to name just a few.

This year, has been nominated for a Webby as the best Family/Parenting site of 2015. As part of the team that launched Understood, I’m really excited. But while it’s a big honor, it’s also an important opportunity.

The visibility we’d get from winning this award would allow us to reach millions of parents who need support for their kids. And it would help us raise understanding of learning and attention issues. You can help make that happen by voting for

I’m a parent of two kids with learning and attention issues. In my family and my work, these issues come up in conversation every day.

But in the wider world, there’s less awareness and far less understanding. Many people have heard of dyslexia and ADHD. But they may not understand how these issues affect kids in school and in life. And they may not know there are other learning issues, too, like dysgraphia, dyscalculia and dyspraxia.

A Webby gives us a chance to talk loudly and proudly about these issues and the millions of families affected by them. Families like mine.

When my kids were younger, I spent a lot of time in doctor’s offices and in libraries. I was looking for practical ways to help my kids. And I knew I wasn’t the only parent looking for answers. But there was little help in figuring out what to do.

When I started working on Understood, there were many days I was in tears. Why? Because what I was writing about was so familiar.

The evaluations. The school meetings. The day-to-day struggles—I’ve been through it all. But more often than not, I cried tears of relief and of hope, because of this tremendous resource we were building.

It may sound corny, but for the first time I didn’t feel alone. I felt understood.

There are still parents out there who feel alone and misunderstood.

Casting your vote for Understood for a Webby Award is your chance to help reach them. We can show parents of kids with learning and attention issues that there’s a place to feel a sense of belonging. And a win means national—even global—visibility for an issue affecting 1 in 5 kids in the United States, including mine.

I’ve cast my vote for Understood. I’ve done so not just as a team member, but as a grateful parent. I’ve asked my friends, family and colleagues to vote as well. And now I’m asking you:

Will you cast your vote? It only takes about 30 seconds.

Together, we can make sure learning and attention issues are understood.

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Amanda Morin is a parent advocate, a former teacher and the author of The Everything Parent’s Guide to Special Education.

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