Life-long Learning for Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
About Our Founder
Martha Kate Downey
Responsibilities: Founder and Board Member
Education: Bachelor Degree in Social Work Texas Tech University 1973
Occupational Background: Author, speaker, educator but mainly just Mom (including some fairly boring information for those needing background material)
Caseworker for Tarrant County Child Protective Services (State of Texas)
Easter Bunny…don’t ask!
Homeschooler 24 years
Instructor of life skills and decision-making skills in Texas high schools, Temple Junior College, Temple, Texas
Instructor for creative writing course for Texas homeschooling students via classroom and internet sites
Developer and co-instructor for Grapevine-Colleyville ISD Texas summer program for maintaining math and reading skills through the summer (Just for Fun classes)
Reading tutor for struggling learners since age 12. Volunteering in schools, churches and with clients of MHMR (Mental Health Mental Retardation – State of Texas)
Owner of stained glass studio “Glass by MK” 14 years – did lots of front doors and church windows
Author and illustrator of: If you’ve ever wanted to crawl in the closet with an OREO…(first and second editions) copyright 2000, 2003, TAP DANCING in the night copyright 2001, The People in a Girl’s Life copyright 2002, What Do I Do About Hitting?! copyright 2003, Traveling Grace as I meander with God copyright 2004
Public speaker, educator for and about autism and the more general special needs population around the United States and the UK, Member of and past moderator for DANISH (Dallas Asperger Network for Information, Support and Help)
Advisory Board Member – North Texas SNAP, Inc. (Special Needs Assistance Partners)
Board Member – DIAL (Developing Independent Adult Living) in Tarrant County
Founder of Steps to Support for All – an association working to promote funding and programs for those who are aging or have special needs in the state of Texas, Member of the Family Support Council of Tarrant County MHMR
Founder and Executive Director of the Come Read with Me program
Interests: Music, art Most important interest: Grandmothering!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Welcome to Come Read With Me. We are a nonprofit life-long learning and therapeutic center for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. With the wonderful teachers and therapists we have and the terrific students who join us, we are sure to have another amazing year at Come Read With Me. Join us!