Lizette Hernandez is a mother of three and advocate for her children with disabilities, a daughter who struggles with Dyslexia and a son who is living with Autism. Born and raised in the Bronx, Lizette has a desire to serve her community and give back. The Bronx is by far one of the most underserved boroughs in New York, and Lizette is always looking for opportunities to offer more services for children with Autism.
After her son Donovan showed interest in playing baseball, Lizette started her own Challenger baseball league as she was not able to find a place in her community for him to play. The league has been very successful and now boasts 120 participants. Once the first season of baseball was over, Lizette felt a void that she needed to fill so she founded D3 Sports and Recreation, Inc. This non-profit organization seeks to bring additional sports and recreational opportunities to children with disabilities.
Since her son Donovan’s diagnosis Lizette has been a strong advocate and fundraiser within the Autism community. She has hosted the Annual Kids Rock Karaoke event which raises money to fund Autism services. As a parent Lizette is aware of both the costs of therapies and the lack of programs tailored for children on the spectrum. It is very important that services be free or at very low cost to families and her fundraising contributes to that effort.
Lizette is a graduate of John Jay College of Criminal Justice, where she majored in Deviant Behavior and Social Control. After college, Lizette worked for Grand Street Settlement, a community based organization located in the Lower East Side, as the Training Coordinator for the Adolescent Sexual Health Initiative. After the birth of her first child, she decided to take some time off and left the organization. Soon she was back into the workforce and changed careers. She became a controller and office manager for a Construction Management Company, where she manages the finances for four separate entities.
In her role as a board member for Parent to Parent of NYS, Lizette hopes to bring her love, passion, knowledge and experience in advocating for children with disabilities to help inform others on how to advocate for their loved ones.