The Parenting Cipher

When you’re an innovative black parent with a special needs child and find yourself having more questions than answers. The Parenting Cipher Podcast supports parents with navigating the intersections of special education and family lifestyle to increase your child’s ability to make progress. While providing shortcuts to successfully navigating the education system to empower you and your child with a side of humor and real talk so that you can advocate for the best possible education and support your family deserves. 


Genie Dawkins is a best-selling author, who doesn't believe in the word “can’t” and has used that motto to broaden her children’s view of themselves, enroll them in private schools using scholarships, and travel across the world to expose them to a world without limits.

Every week Genie invites a wide range of professionals and other parents to break down topics related to special education, parenting, holistic lifestyle, entrepreneurship, and our cultural experiences. You’ll walk away from each episode feeling empowered to make changes in your life so your entire family and most importantly your child will make academic progress.

 To empower you to decode the information that keeps your child from making progress so you can connect the dots and lead your child's journey. 


Genie Dawkins

Lateefa Dawkins fondly called "Genie" by friends is an author and Confident Parent Strategist. She holds a BA in Sociology and a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Maryland. She's also a certified Integrative Health Coach. Genie uses her skills and experience as a leader in her field by empowering families with special needs children. She is the author of the best-selling book Not My Child: Navigating Your Child’s Difficulties with IEP’s. As a single mother with four special needs children, Genie Dawkins attributes her family as her inspiration.