Nassau and Suffolk
Welcome to the Long Island Office of Parent to Parent of NYS
– a place where families of individuals with special needs, and the professionals who support them, can meet and share information.
– a place for us to find each other, a place for us to be made strong.
Valerie Colavecchio is a Regional Coordinator for Parent to Parent at the Long Island office located in Hauppauge, NY. Before joining the staff at Parent to Parent, her involvement in the disability and special needs community began several years ago, with the birth of her son. Valerie's son was born with a visual impairment and rare genetic disorder called Galactosemia. Having a child with special needs motivated Valerie to become involved with helping other parents in similar situations.
Alissa Morris is a Regional Coordinator for Parent to Parent at the Long Island office located in Hauppauge, NY. In this position, she provides information, guidance, and support to families of children with developmental disabilities, drawing from her own experience as the mother of two boys with autism. Connecting with other special needs parents has gotten Alissa through the most difficult and isolating of times. These connections have opened up countless opportunities for her family, and have helped her learn how to be a strong advocate for her sons. She is thrilled to be able to connect fellow special needs moms and dads with the support and resources they need in her new position.
The Long Island Office has come together and had a great year.
They welcome parents with “Coffee Talks”, which are an open door to coffee and goodwill. They create a safe space for emotional issues to be discussed and shared, have hosted great guest speakers, and had fun in-house events.
An indicator of their success is the invitations they received to collaborate on projects, invitations to present at conferences, and school SEPTA events.
Val and Val have come together to work as a team. Parents appreciate their commitment and dedication and their regional office transformation. The DDRO staff turn to Valerie and Valerie for help and keep communication open.
They enjoy working together and make a huge difference in the families in their region.
Thank you for your many contributions to Parent to Parent and to families who reach out to you.