Julia Luppino is a Regional Coordinator in the Staten Island office of Parent to Parent N.Y. State. Julia has been involved with the special needs community since 2007, when her son James was diagnosed prenatally with Down Syndrome and congenital heart defect. From her own experience Julia knows how important it is for families to know there is support available and that they do not have to face the challenges of being a parent of a child who has a developmental disability or special healthcare needs in isolation.
As a member of the Staten Island Down Syndrome support group, Julia has both received and provided support from and to other families. After her youngest son was born both having Down Syndrome and congenital heart defect, her world was turned upside down. Doctors, medical tests, therapy, and early intervention consumed her family life. Her baby had two open heart surgeries, and other medical problems that required two more surgeries before he turned three. Meeting and sharing resources with other parents of children who shared the same diagnoses as her son helped her to get through these difficult times.
Julia has since become an advocate for people who have developmental disabilities and their caregivers. She believes that if you help the parent, you are also helping the child. Julia is the PTA President at her sons school. She is also the co-chair of the Schools Leadership Team and is an IEP Parent member. Julia is a member of the Staten Island Developmental Disability Council. She is on the SIDDC Education committee, and the Family Supports and Services committee.
Julia is excited to contribute to the work and mission of Parent to Parent NYS.
Julia resides in Staten Island with her husband and four children. Her oldest son is a Middle School Science teacher, her daughter is a college student who plans to be an engineer. Julia also has a sixth grade student who enjoys Lego robotics, and a fourth grade student who enjoys swimming and gymnastics.