An eloquent and gifted speaker, Marion Ferguson Witcher has taken her past experiences and used them to help others through a non-profit she founded, New Hope for Special Needs. With her husband, Veronam and others working alongside her, NHFSN is committed to encouraging families of children with special needs and the professionals that support them. They have also invested their own funds and with the help of other philanthropists created the philanthropic hand of New Hope for Special Needs. This enabled NHFSN to provide numerous scholarships to college students majoring in special education.
Marion and her husband, Veroman are the parents of two adult children, Ashley and Verano. Their daughter is challenged with autism and epilepsy, and alternates between a wheelchair and walker. As a result, the couple knows firsthand the joys, challenges, and struggles of raising a child with a disability within the context of the family, faith community, public school system, and society in general.
Many people in and outside of the church's walls have been touched by Marion's faith-inspiring messages. She also appropriately delivers thought-provoking messages to main stream audiences as a keynote speaker and workshop leader.
Marion is an award-winning magazine writer, motivational speaker, and founder of New Hope for Special Needs.The mission provides faith-based support to persons with intellectual challenges, their families and support systems. She has received numerous awards for her work related to advocating for children with special needs and their families including Community Advocate. Inspired by her experience of being a mother of a child challenged with autism, in 2004, she wrote, Sowing My Tears, Reaping His Joy. She is the founder of Autism: A Language Worth Knowing and the His Ability Over Disability Celebration.