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Gloria Perez-Stewart (Perez-Walker)
Austin, Dallas, LA
Mami, Disability and Special Education Advocate, Community Organizer, Woman of Color (WOC) Activist
Interests: running, reading, writing, yelling, singing 80s pop songs off-key, reading disability/special ed law, social justice issues
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In retrospect, if you are a disability advocate, never, ever, EVER plan a wedding during IEP season when clients are calling nonstop (in different states, mind you!) about their IEPs, ARDs, IEEs, FBAs, FAAs, MDRs, TAs, and any other acronym that you can think of. And if you are a... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2013 at
So Aidan is taking his adaptive living skills lessons VERY seriously, as I found out today when he walked with me to pick up some items. He now stops at the end of every driveway, parking lot, street without being told and exclaims "That way and THIS way!" even if... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2013 at
So today is crazy and upsetting with the Boston news, both the happenings and the coverage of "ethnics" and those believed to have "assimilated". But I digress... I had a kind of a sad night. If you've read Ken Moses and the cyclical nature of grief of parents of kids... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2013 at
Well I am not prepared enough for ME, I should say (but we all know I like to be dramatic). Poor Aidan. I've been working on client IEPs the last few weeks and lo and behold! It's his IEP today--one to discuss some testing, etc., not his annual. Oops. (Let's... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2013 at
Welcome to Latina Mami, a grassroots collective of working-class Latina mothers, located in Los Angeles, California and Austin, Texas. Our Latina Mami show and blog are available to mamis everywhere. Latina Mami first began in 2000 in Texas, and was founded by a 25-year old new Latina mother who was... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2013 at Latina Mamis
Aidan was promised a piece of chocolate cake on Friday evening if he made it through 45 minutes of his homecoming dance. He had a busy week, even had a pumpkin carving with my friend Alex, so I was worried about Friday. In the effort of coordination, I sent an... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2012 at
Check out Gloria Perez-Stewart as she talks on Huffington Post Live on fixing the system for kids with special needs! Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2012 at GPS Advocacy: call now (800) 295-9072
Lack of good, deep sleep has made a mess of me this week: Aidan is up at night talking talking talking to himself. Sometime giggling, sometimes muttering, sometimes signing and repeating movie scripts. He had a fit on Wednesday, a day that LAUSD had off due to Yom Kippur (sorry... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2012 at
We at GPS Advocacy love it when people--especially self-advocates, stand up for disability rights. "Watch this 2 min video. The words are "spoken" by Henry, 13, who has autism, and uses a communication device to speak. He has multiple disabilities. Henry lives in Florida. He lives across the street from... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2012 at GPS Advocacy: call now (800) 295-9072
Having trouble with your child's school? Click here for a PDF on school discipline and your child: Download School Disciplinary Issues How They Affect Your Child with Special Needs Continue reading
I THINK AIDAN HAS A FRIEND! He came home w a present & this was written on the tag. I invited all the kids in his summer class & the invite began "Join Aidan for his 13th birthday" it looks like they just copied it on the tag to him.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2012 at
Today is Aidan's 13th birthday! I’m sad that I’m old enough to have a teenager but since I decided to start telling people I’m 28 because I had him at age 15, I feel SO much better! That’s always been a running joke with the Latina Mamis I organize—we subtract... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2012 at
I haven't written for a while. Things have been hectic, with me getting married (surprise everyone!), buying a new house, dealing with Aidan's transition to a HIGH SCHOOL campus and summer school (!!!) and planning our big family wedding in downtown L.A. next year (our first ceremony was a private... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2012 at
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May 23, 2012
Gloria Perez-Stewart (Perez-Walker) added a favorite at GPS Advocacy: call now (800) 295-9072
May 23, 2012
Meet Ronnie Schleiss, mother of adult son with autism, who has created a "disability consortium" as an alternative to institutional or group home living situations. Her 24 year old son now lives in a home with a roommate of his choosing, and a provider who is employed by both families.... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2012 at GPS Advocacy: call now (800) 295-9072
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Apr 12, 2012
I am a professional advocate, I love what I do. Thanks to the supportive man in my life, I’m even planning on law school to (finally) be a disability attorney. I like to lay out my clients' needs to an IEP committee or hearing officer or agency and negotiate a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2012 at
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Mar 20, 2012
I have friends who are like family and Heather, who lived with me at my first apartment on Nueces and 22nd in Austin, is one of those people. She came to visit us in L.A. and we did what Heather and I have been doing since we were in Austin:... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2012 at