Shannon McCracken is the Regional Coordinator for the WNY office for Parent to Parent of NYS. In this position, she provides information, referrals and support to families of children with developmental disabilities and other healthcare needs in Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans, and Wyoming counties. Prior to her position here, she was an intern for Parent to Parent in Spring of 2016 to fulfill requirements towards her Associates degree. She has a Human Services Certificate from Erie Community College and is currently attending school to pursue a degree in Social Science. Shannon has been a Volunteer Support Parent for Parent to Parent of NYS since 2013, after asking a member of the the organization to be a speaker for her Autism Awareness event.
Through her internship, education and personal experience Shannon has excellent knowledge of Individual Support Plans, Individual Education Plans, different Therapy approaches and Coping skills, community resources and services for people with disabilities. Shannon has a knack for problem solving, especially when it involves helping others; she is always willing to go the extra mile for anyone in need.
Shannon is a single mother of an amazingly funny and compassionate teenage boy. Her son was diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder at the age of six. She was determined to get her son all of the services he needed to prevail, prompting her to learn everything she could regarding different therapies and ways to help her son thrive. Shannon truly believes that her son is the incredible person he is today due to their supportive family (especially her parents) and her son’s perseverance to overcome any obstacle he may come across.