Who are we?
I'm Tom Felter, an avid coffee-lover, movie quote master, and I've worked in Emergency Medical Services for over 30 years. I'm married to Tina Felter, a labor/delivery nurse, sarcasm queen, and all-around kick ass woman. Most importantly though, I'm Emily's Dad.
Emily is 26-years-old and she happens to have Down syndrome. She loves Victorious, iCarly, Hannah Montana, High School Musical, and all those cool shows. On a typical day, you can catch her riding her three-wheel bike for hours on end, listening to music on blast, and enjoying a nice, cold Dr. Pepper while hanging with her awesome family.
While a lot of people may know someone like Emily, sadly too many just don't understand her or how to interact with her in everyday and emergency situations. People with Down syndrome and autism are all so different -- there's so much to learn! That's why we started The Emily Talk, to teach first responders and the wider community about how to interact with individuals with Down syndrome, autism, and other disabilities.
With my experience being a first responder and Emily's Dad, I've gotten to see things from both perspectives. Now, Emily, Tina and I present The Emily Talk to first responder agencies, community organizations, and businesses. Want us to come to your community? Book us!
Click here to view some of the places we've presented at before.
Did you know we're in a documentary?
Northwest Indiana documentary filmmaker, Carmen Vincent, is currently creating a documentary about us and our advocacy called Teacher of Patience. Our hope is to go around the country to local first responder agencies, community organizations, and businesses to present this film along with our Emily Talk, followed by questions and discussion. Coming soon! Learn more at www.teacherofpatience.com.
Want to book one of these screenings/discussions ahead of time? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or use our contact form here.