Lindsey Pensabene is a Regional Coordinator in the Capital District office of Parent to Parent NYS. Lindsey holds degrees in both Business Administration and Culinary Arts, and is a parent to two young children. Lindsey has a passion and thirst for knowledge about developmental disabilities, with the purpose of helping other families to become greater advocates for their children. Lindsey feels strongly that knowledge is power. She believes that given proper support, parents of children with special needs can present the best version of themselves to the world. Lindsey feels that being a part of the community of special needs parents has been essential to her family’s well-being throughout their journey.
Lindsey chose to be a stay at home parent after the birth of her son in 2009. She began researching developmental disabilities in 2010 because of the extreme behaviors her son was exhibiting. She felt confused and lonely, certain that no one would understand him. After four years of learning about developmental disabilities and seeing many doctors and specialists, Lindsey’s son was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Sensory issues and suspected ADHD. She became frustrated with how hard it was to get her son seen by the right person and decided to take action. She completed the Parent to Parent NYS Intensive Lay Advocacy Training Series as well as the Parent Education Program through SUNY Albany’s Center for Autism and Related Disabilities. Lindsey goes to any and every informational workshop or seminar she can find related to developmental disabilities and plans to use this education in her quest to help as many people as possible. Her son’s behaviors and challenges are ever-changing, causing Lindsey to live on her toes. This also allows her to keep current on different methods to deal with challenging behavior and different kinds of sensory input.
In her free time, Lindsey loves cooking, hiking, kayaking and doing anything outdoors with her husband, kids and dog.
Lindsey can be reached at (518)381-4350, extension 26 or firstname.lastname@example.org. She is always happy to listen and help.