Individuals and families use social media in a variety of ways to connect. Three disability groups: Latinas United in Love for Autism (LULA), Illinois Parents of Adults with Developmental Disabilities Unite (IPADD Unite), and DSCC/MFTD Waiver Families will discuss how they share information and support one another via social media.
Liza Curiel from LULA
Liza is the founder and president of Unique Sweets, created the nonprofit to provide opportunities for individuals living with Autism and other Developmental Disabilities to develop job skills, socialize and expand their skills across family, community, and the professional world. She is the President and Founder of Latinas United in Love for Autism (LULA). LULA is a peer support group for women. Members are women from varied backgrounds whose commonality is caring for individuals with Autism.
Ellen Marie Herbert from IPADDUNITE
Ellen Marie Herber is an English teacher by profession and enjoys gardening and volunteering with cat rescue groups. She lives with her adult sister who has multiple severe and profound disabilities. She joined the IPADDUNITE Facebook page in 2017. In 2021, she was appointed as a co-administrator of the group and serves on the advisory board
Susan Agrawal from DSCC/MFTD Waiver Families
Susan Agrawal is a parent, writer, editor, and advocate. After her experiences with her daughter Karuna, who had multiple complex medical conditions, she began to focus primarily on disability-related issues. In 2011 she founded Medically Fragile, Technology Dependent (MFTD) Waiver Families to help support and advocate for Illinois families in the MFTD Waiver. She also has two teenagers, four birds, and a PhD from Northwestern University.
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