My history starts when I received the diagnostic of autism of my son when he turned 3 years old. From that moment I started to look for information and resources. I realized that, in the area where I lived at that time in 2006, Hispanic parents with special needs children didn’t have a contact person to ask for information about resources and other programs, especially for those who were new in the area. I had to start by myself to look for information, with no English and no knowledge about the area of Clarksville (Montgomery County). At the same time, I started building inside myself the gift to help others, and not allow new parents to be lost without information, resources, support, and training.
In 2009, I began contact with different organizations, non-profits, and government agencies. I had the tremendous opportunity to work for Vanderbilt University as a Research Study Interviewer, as well with Tennessee Disability Pathfinder (2010-2011), and I volunteered at the Hispanic Organization for Progress and Education in Clarksville. I am the “contact parent” in the Montgomery County area and nearby counties for Hispanic families, and I help these families connect with support, information, resources, follow-ups, leadership, and advocacy services in the school system. In addition, Middle Tennessee organizations contact me to update parents and provide new services for them. All the work that I do is completely free and voluntary at the moment. Parents and professionals are welcome to call me at (931) 302-9065 or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Even after seven years, my mission continues. I have a wonderful husband and two wonderful children -- my son is 9 years old with autism, and my daughter is 4 years old, healthy and a wonderful, supportive sibling for her brother. The world of disabilities is my world, and I will not give up in supporting families and creating awareness in Montgomery County and nearby counties about disabilities and how important it is to support each other.