“If they can not learn the way we teach, we teach the way they learn”
Dr. O. Ivar Lovaas
I’m a passionate Autism & Special Education Advocate who is dedicated to providing resources and tools to assist special needs families. As the creator of Especially Loved, a special needs Facebook community where families can interact, connect, support and encourage each other, I love bringing caregivers and families together so they can find support when they need it the most.
Being a mother of two beautiful sons, my passion for Autism Awareness is inspired by my son Omar, whom I spend most of my spare time with, attending to and managing his special needs. Omar also has cerebral palsy and an intellectual disability. As a result, my passion has immensely grown and I believe by raising awareness, we will enhance the lives of people with special needs now and in the future.
Having worked in the hospitality field for 20 years, my ability to provide kind compassion and enthusiasm to everything I do allows me to serve as a voice for the special needs community. This ability combined with my love for my son and my appreciation for all people living with special needs are the driving force behind my awareness initiatives.
Rooted in my beliefs of giving back and effective advocacy, I am a supporter of the March of Dimes, St Jude’s Hospital, and Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters. I also serve as an Autism Speaks Volunteer Advocacy Ambassador, among other organizations that support autism and other developmental disabilities.
Currently, alongside my awareness advocacy, I am working on my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a concentration in child and adolescent development.
During my journey, I’ve also been a co-author in two books:‘Moments in Life, The Caregiver’s Story’ where I share my story about being a caregiver to my special needs son, and ‘You Need It; I Got It!’ where I share challenges of being a special needs mother, give advice, and speak about how I manage my son, advocacy and entrepreneurship.
Through my advocacy, it is my mission to ensure special needs families never go at it alone and always feel supported.