Voices of 2e Profile:

Marcie Booth, Social Community Host

July, 2018

Wikipedia has this to say about an online community:

It’s “a virtual community whose members interact with each other primarily via the Internet”; “it may feel like home, consisting of a ‘family of invisible friends’1; It” can act as an information system where members can post, comment on discussions, give advice or collaborate”; and members commonly “communicate through social networking sites, chat rooms, forums, e-mail lists, and discussion boards.”

Rheingold, H. (2001). The virtual community: Homesteading on the electronic frontier. New York, NY: Harper Perennial.

An online community is what Marcie Booth set out to create 10 years ago. As the mother of two twice-exceptional sons, she knew what it was like to struggle to find the information and support as well as the social interaction that are vital to parents raising 2e children. Of her experiences at this point in her life, Booth explains, “I had a great deal of difficulty finding answers. While I was homeschooling my youngest son, I started an online community to find other parents who might be having similar experiences.”

Her efforts produced what today includes Twice Exceptional/ 2E Network International, an online community for 2e families on Facebook. The community has over 2,300 members in 37 states and 28 countries. Then there’s the large network of professionals who provide support to member families. Plus there’s the Los Angeles-area meet-up group for families that offers monthly activities and occasional parent-education events with guest speakers.

When asked her reaction to this decade of growth, Marcie replies, “I’m very pleased with the online community, and I’m hoping we’ll continue to grow as an organization. I’m looking for others who are interested in helping realize our vision of having a non-profit organization.” This non-profit, she hopes, will be an

In describing what prepared her to become the founder, director, and host of an online community, Marcie explains that “being a parent of two twice-exceptional kids has been my biggest experience, as well as being a former child-care provider and self-employed teacher. More recently, I’ve attended professional development events at Bridges Academy (a school for 2e students) and advocacy training with Pete Wright (of the Wrightslaw website for special education law).”

Booth’s online community draws in parents; professionals who work with gifted, special needs, and twice-exceptional children; and anyone else looking for information about how to understand these complex individuals. In addition, Booth notes, “We’re drawing a growing number of twice-exceptional adults who are either self-identifying or becoming identified later in life.”

Today, in addition to her role as founder, director, and organizer of a growing 2e-focused online community, Booth also functions as a parent mentor and special education advocate. Of the many hats she wears, Booth says, “I’m a natural educator and coach, so it gives me pleasure to help other parents, children, and families. I love helping them to become more healthy, happy, and successful. I love the challenges, the problem solving, and seeing things through. I love the socialization and gathering other families together to help each other. Becoming a leader and a voice in the twice-exceptional community has become my passion and my purpose in life.”   

To learn more about Twice Exceptional/ 2E Network International, visit www.facebook.com/groups/2E.Network.LA. For Los Angeles area meet-up information, see www.meetup.com/Twice-Exceptional-2E-Network-LA.  

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