Through my journey with INCLUDEnyc, and all the vital resources I have received, I have also grown as an advocate for the disability community. I was born in the Caribbean where disclosing a disability was not common, so when I learned I had dyslexia, it made me want to learn how to fight for myself and my loved ones. Later, when I learned my daughter had dyslexia and autism I started advocating even more.
I am so fortunate to have a community of support to help me through to the finish line—high school graduation! My advisor first told me about Project Possibility. I wanted to figure out what to do after high school, so I was interested in learning more
My six year old son Alessandro is on the autism spectrum and I’m in awe of his resilience during this difficult pandemic year. Online learning and tele-therapy, disruptive school schedules, and social isolation were all in the mix. I learned a lot about myself—and some new parenting strategies.
I’m on the spectrum and sometimes, it takes me longer to complete tasks. In high school, I was nervous about life after graduation. My mom recommended that I visit INCLUDEnyc. With their team, I worked on some goals, like becoming more independent traveling throughout NYC and speaking up for myself.