2017 Headline Surfer Hall of Fame: Shelley Vincent, mother of autistic child, conservative political activist & food blogger

By HENRY FREDERICK
Headline Surfer

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Shelley Vincent is many things to many people.

She's a conservative political activist mostly aligned with the GOP, but a year ago the-then New Smyrna Beach resident now residng in Jacksonville, quit the Republican Executive Committee of Voluia amid infighting over backing of certain candidates and not others in the 216 primary.

In addition to her insider Republican Party involvement, she's a food and wine blogger and very active in social media, especially on Facebook. She's also a wife in a two-income household. But mostly, Shelley Vincent is mother to an autistic boy, Hunter. And for Hunter's sake, she challenges the status quo where barriers exist when it comes to the rights of autistic children.

Here is one recent example chronicled on her Facebook page: "One more giant leap in Hunter's future has finally been reached," Vincent wrote. "After evaluations, expensive private consulting, calls for action, and six months of petitioning the school system, including a mass email to the superintendent of the county...we've done it." 

Vincent continued, "On Monday, Hunter will be starting at Oak Hill Academy, a public charter school offering individual, specialized education to students with autism, at no extra cost. We have secured private behavioral therapy (at great personal cost, unfortunately) as well. One way or another, we WILL give this child every opportunity for success." 

And so it goes with Vincent, unwavering and unabashed in fighting for the principles center to her core being, with Hunter clearly priority No. 1.

Hunter Vincent, autistic childIn addition to her insider Republican Party involvement, she's a food and wine blogger and very active in social media, especially on Facebook. She's also a wife in a two-income household. But mostly, Shelley Vincent is mother to an autistic boy, Hunter. And for Hunter's sake, she challenges the status quo where barriers exist when it comes to the rights of autistic children.

Here is one recent example chronicled on her Facebook page: "One more giant leap in Hunter's future has finally been reached," Vincent wrote. "After evaluations, expensive private consulting, calls for action, and six months of petitioning the school system, including a mass email to the superintendent of the county...we've done it." 

Vincent continued, "On Monday, Hunter will be starting at Oak Hill Academy, a public charter school offering individual, specialized education to students with autism, at no extra cost. We have secured private behavioral therapy (at great personal cost, unfortunately) as well. One way or another, we WILL give this child every opportunity for success." 

And so it goes with Vincent, unwavering and unabashed in fighting for the principles center to her core being, with Hunter clearly priority No. 1.

 

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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area via HeadlineSurfer.com for a decade now. A longtime cops & courts reporter focused on breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most prolific daily news reporters, having amassed dozens of journalism-industry awards in print anddigital platforms. Frederick is enrolled at Full Sail University in Winter Garden, FL, where he's three-fourths through the online Master of Arts program in New Media Journalism. His graduation is in August.