When my son was diagnosed with Autism in 2006 I was told he was not "messed up enough" to qualify for an IEP. That's when I knew I needed to learn more about the Special Education process. During my years working in schools as a para and school librarian, I was often brought in to translate for the Spanish speaking families during the IEP meetings. I was hooked.
I dedicated myself full-time to the world of IEPs. As a Bilingual Educational Advocate and Master IEP Coach®, I work with families from all over the country and all walks of life. As a first-generation Cuban-American, I am proud to be able to support the Spanish speaking community that has been so underserved in this area.
My husband of over 30 years and I have raised two amazing young adults whom we are incredibly proud of.
Special Education is supposed to prepare a student for:
Further Education, Employment, and Independent Living.
That's the part that I am living now. I want to help you and your child get there too.
My family and I enjoy outdoor activities such as beaches, paddle boarding and kayaking, running, and travel.
Board President - Lawyers Autism Awareness Foundation
A non-profit that provides annual Sensory Friendly Santa events and a Sensory Classroom Program to provide local schools with equipment for their special education classes. This has been a labor of love for my family and I since 2011.
Member - Master IEP Coach® mentorship
Continuing my professional development, with an amazing mentor and a nationwide group of educators, administrators and therapists. Having an opportunity to share my own knowledge and experiences with coaches has been immensely impactful.
Approved Service Provider - 21 & Change's IEP Advocacy Grants
An organization that provides Florida families that need the services of an advocate , but due to financial income or hardship cannot afford them. Giving of my time fills my heart.
Mentor - Not Your Average Autism Mom
Providing guidance to moms of young children recently diagnosed with autism is fulfilling.
Co-Chair - School Level Parent Engagement Subcommittee
for the Hillsborough County School District's Superintendent's Advisory Council for Special Education Students. I am willing to roll up my sleeves and be a part of the solution.
A mi hijo lo diagnosticaron con autismo en el 2006. Me dijeron en la escuela que no estaba lo suficiente "desmejorado" para calificar para servicios de un IEP. Cuando trabajé como bibliotecaria y para profesional en las escuelas, me pedian que siviera de intreprete para las familias del habla hispana en las reuinoines. Ese fue el moment que decidí a dedicarme 100% al mundo de los IEP.
Como defensora bilingüe de IEP y Master IEP Coach®
trabajo con familias en todo el país a través de consultoría y asistencia a las reuniones escolares. Como hija de padres Cubanos, es mi orgullo poder apoyar a las familias de a la comunidad hispana, ya que ha sido tan desatendida en estas áreas.
I am NOT an attorney and do not provide legal advice or legal services. The information provided on my site and social media pages does not, and is not intended to, constitute legal advice; instead, all information, content, and materials available are for general informational purposes only. My goal is to provide information to help you understand the special education process, the procedures in place, and to assist you in non-attorney advocacy within these guidelines for your child. While I hope to help you navigate the process of IEP/504 Plans, I cannot guarantee any specific outcome. All advocacy decisions are your own.
NOTA -NO soy una abogada y no proporciono asesoramiento o servicios legales. Toda información que proveo es solo para información general. Mi objetivo es ofrecer información para ayudarle a entender el proceso de educación especial, los procedimientos, y para ayudarle dentro de estas pautas para su hijo. Aunque espero ayudarle a navegar por el proceso de los Planes IEP/504, no puedo garantizar ningún resultado específico. Todas las últimas decisiones son suyas.
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