I have worked in the disability field for nearly two decades, supporting families with children with developmental disabilities across the lifespan. I have also been an active member on several statewide committees to influence system policy and procedures that improve services and supports for children with special needs and their families. I am a wife and mother of 3 children. My eldest son, now in his twenties, has Down syndrome. It is through my experiences as a parent, as well as a professional in the disability field supporting families from the early years to the later years, that I came to understand and appreciate that parents need each other on this journey, and systems aren’t really set up to support the emotional adaptations and family dynamics that are unique to parents raising children with special needs. This is the impetus behind the founding of The SNPC. I completed my undergraduate and graduate studies in Criminal Justice and Sociology at John Jay College for Criminal Justice (CUNY) and The New School in New York City.