Advocacy & Training Manager
Sandra’s journey with Parent to Parent of Miami began when her daughter was 4 years old and received an autism diagnosis. She came to one of the training courses to learn more about her rights and how to help her child. She was so impressed with the services received that she joined the organization in 2007 as an Education and Support Specialist and continued through 2010. Realizing that her passion was helping families that have children and young adults with special needs, she returned in 2016.
She was promoted to Transition Manager in 2019 as she became keenly aware of the challenges students with special needs faced during the transition from high school to college. Both of her daughters with special needs were accepted to Florida colleges and graduated successfully. She thoroughly enjoyed working with the youth in high school and helping them discover their careers and aspirations.
Since June 2022, Sandra has been the Advocacy and Training Manager for the organization assisting the Education and Support Specialists to further their knowledge of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, conflict resolution skills, and other important topics related to disabilities. She holds an Associate in Arts degree in Elementary Education from Miami Dade College and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Florida International University.