About Valerie

Valerie represented tens of thousands of families of children with disabilities in Indiana as the Chairperson of the Interagency Coordinating Council for Infants and Toddler under three Indiana Governors from 2001-2006 . This experience, along with raising a young daughter with Down syndrome, has provided her with a unique view and understanding of the issues facing the disability community. You can read her blog at

Posts by Valerie

What Entrepreneurs, Baby Boomers and the Disability Community Have in Common

Here is why we need individuals with special needs to become entrepreneurs and not rely on entitlement dollars....

Mom, I Hate Having Down syndrome

What do you do when your teen daughter hates something she will never be able to change: Her Down Syndrome?...

Should You Get Your Child With Special Needs A Cell Phone?

Should you get your child with Special Needs a cell phone? If the answer is yes here are 10 tips to help get the right phone and make sure it is set up properly....