Dare to Dream, Better Days Are Coming!

LeDerick Horne

This talk, from our 2020 Bright & Quirky Child Summit, is a love letter to families who are feeling alone, hurt and excluded by systems and a society that focuses on their deficits. You are not alone! LeDerick describes how to work through the process of becoming a thriving human by embracing vulnerability in dark times, front-loading gifts over deficits, and building a supportive community. Learn how to talk to your child about their challenges in a way that leads them towards powerful self-determination and envisioning a positive future. Parents are encouraged to share LeDerick's inspiring personal story and with their children or invite them to watch along!

Now we'd love to hear from you. What's bubbling up for you after hearing this vlog? Let us know in the comments section below!



  1. Stephanie Hermelee on June 6, 2020 at 9:05 am

    This is the second time I have watched LeDerick Horne’s video. He is amazing and so inspiring in every way! Thank you for emailing me this to watch again

    • Lauren Hutchinson on June 8, 2020 at 9:24 am

      Stephanie, we’re so glad you liked it the second time around. I know for me I heard new things the second time I listened to it. There is so much wisdom and hope in LeDerick’s beautiful words.
      -Lauren with the B&Q Team

  2. Sandra Bradford on June 6, 2020 at 4:41 pm

    Wow! thanks again for sharing this amazing video. Truly inspirational and so hopeful.

  3. Mark on June 7, 2020 at 1:39 am

    Against all odds, I want to meet this man! And, wow, wouldn’t he be an inspiration for all of our young children !!!

    • Lauren Hutchinson on June 8, 2020 at 9:27 am

      Mark, yes, he is an incredibe role model and inspiration for our kids! We encourage you to share all or parts of this video with any young person in your life. I’d love the honor of meeting him too some day!
      -Lauren with the B&Q Team

  4. Diane DeSloover on June 7, 2020 at 10:01 am

    Thank you Debbie for this opportunity and thank you LeDerick for sharing your humanity with us in your inspiring story. You remind us that in our struggles are the seeds of our greatest triumphs. I have the daunting responsibility and great honor of homeschooling my autistic 12 year old granddaughter and your words have uplifted me today. I love your poetry! Like you, I turn to writing poetry to explore my life and to share what is meaningful to me with others. Blessings on your work and your continued journey to express who you truly are and are meant to be.

    • Lauren Hutchinson on June 8, 2020 at 9:30 am

      Diane, we are so glad you enjoyed this video. How wonderful you use poetry too to reflect and share what is meaningful to you! Your granddaughter sounds very fortunate to have someone so thoughtful in her life.
      Lauren with the B&Q Team

  5. Marjorie Preston on June 7, 2020 at 10:50 am

    Thank you. The comment about undiagnosed parents made me a little emotional and nod in agreement at the realization of how much more open things are now. I was not told I was gifted until I was in my thirties! My adult brother wasn’t diagnosed as 2E ever —though he is— but the gifted and LD parts were always taken separately! And now I have gifted kids, with one definitely 2E. So I am still covering uncharted territory! I was also touched when he described the adults in his life being real with him. We need to get out of our comfort zones and discuss our own experiences with our kids!

    • Robin Burke on June 7, 2020 at 7:33 pm

      Thank you so much for sharing this video – and LeDerick, thank you for sharing your story. You are an inspiration. I’m the mom of an amazing 7 year old son with autism, and the discussion of the importance of near-peer mentoring and the Eye to Eye organization really jumped out at me. I’m going to look for organizations and people that might be able to provide mentoring for my son as he gets older. Giving our kids the ability to connect with older kids and adults who ‘get it’ and who can help them imagine their future…well, the thought just takes my breath away. Maybe my son could even be a mentor one day. If anyone knows of national or local mentoring groups that are available for our ASD kiddos, please let me know! With sincere thanks.

      • Valerie Stroud on June 8, 2020 at 6:41 am

        Thank you so much for sharing this part of your story LeDerick, as an elementary school counselor, this helps strengthen my perspective to help young children hold onto hope for a bright future. I take a strengths based approach with my students, and being realistic I want to balance my approach to help them be successful. Your poetry is powerful and who you are is inspiring! I appreciate your candor around mental health and how we each need specialized support from time to time.

      • Lauren Hutchinson on June 8, 2020 at 9:36 am

        Valerie, I too am a school counselor and LeDerick’s words about mental health really spoke to me. It is so important for a child to have an adult or two in their lives who really see them and can talk to them honestly about what’s going on. I was so grateful for his vulnerability in sharing how he survived his darkest days and hope it can inspire other kids as well. Thanks for all you do!
        -Lauren with the B&Q Team

  6. Ann Johnson on June 8, 2020 at 9:42 am

    I appreciate the authenticity and clarity of LeDerrick’s message. His poetry is inspiring! I have a very bright and challenged teen who is suffering right now. Her challenges seem to be overwhelming her gifts and dreams. She is heartbroken, thinking she has to modify her goals and dreams because she can’t do the academic work required. I will share this video with her. I noted how LeDerrick finally got good help in the college LD community, and persevered to get his math degree. Along the way, he found his voice and found his life’s work. My husband did not get a diagnosis of ADHD and receive accommodations in his college work until his 20th year into completing his undergraduate degree! He persevered, though, and his struggle helps us see our child’s struggles as part of the whole family’s narrative, not just failure on her part. As LeDerrick said, I am also thankful for Bright and Quirky’s support and information for parents and educators, and am happy to recommend it to parents I know who have kids who struggle.

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