Meet Sarah Johnson & Emma Bouza - How Two Family Advocates Turned Ideas Into Laws

April 18, 2022

family advocacy SESSION


Here is an introduction to two of the experts you will learn from in our Family Advocacy sessions. Don’t forget, there is also an Exhibitor Fair with more than $1000 in prizes at our 10th Annual Together We Can Conference!

Sarah Johnston lives in DeWitt, Iowa and is mom to three boys, Lucas, Lane and Landen. She began advocating for her children the minute they were born which eventually led to her most recent work on a bill for insurance companies to be required to cover hearing aids. Sarah's day-to-day work is in the Administration office of her local school district. In her free time, she and her family like to have movie nights, volunteer in their community and go camping.


Emma Bouza and her husband Ben live in Hawarden Iowa with their two children Norah and Ruby. Ruby has Down Syndrome. Emma is involved in her school and community, serving on several different boards and committees. She holds a Bachelors degree in Family and Consumer Science from South Dakota State University. As a family, they enjoy attending high school sporting events and travelling. Emma and her girls haven't met a rollercoaster they don’t love!


How Two Family Advocates
Turned Ideas Into Laws


In this session, two moms will tell two different stories about working to pass disability legislation that would benefit their own children and others like them. One story is about working with local policy makers. The other is about working with state policy makers. The presenters will share highlights about their wins, challenges, strategies and networks.