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.
Prior to working for Parent to Parent, Valerie’s career included corporate recruiting. Years of corporate networking and recruiting have helped Valerie effectively reach out to the special needs community on Long Island. Connecting parents with other parents is very important to Valerie, which is why The Parent to Parent Matching Program is something Valerie is passionate about. Valerie feels that matching parents with other parents helps everyone realize they are not alone. The disability or special need may be different but as parents, the experiences and journeys tend to be similar.
In addition to working for Parent to Parent, Valerie is on the board for The Miracle League of Long Island, is on the council for her local SEPTA, a Parent Member for her school district and actively involved with her local township to ensure programs are created for special needs children.