Community Advisor — Michelle Parello

I am the mother of two girls ages six and nine. My 9-year-old daughter was born prematurely at 28 weeks and has been diagnosed with triplegic cerebral palsy. Throughout her life I have learned to advocate for her as well as other special needs children and families. I have been working in various settings of special education with a wide array of differently-abled students for many years. I have learned a great deal which I apply to our family function, and am continuing to learn everyday. (More)

I am a board member of our school districts SEPAG (Special Education Parent Advisory Group). This group was developed to help bridge the gap between parents and school administrators, teachers and therapists. We help educate special needs parents of their rights and how to best advocate for their child.

My goal is to educate as many people as possible about cerebral palsy. I believe that children of all abilities should have equal opportunities as that of their peers. I am very passionate about advocating, helping others and never giving up. My attitude towards educating and getting things done is, “If you don’t ask, you will never know.” I am not shy when it comes to my children.