I was diagnosed with Usher Syndrome Type II when I was 17. Usher Syndrome is a rare genetic disorder affecting both hearing and vision. I’ve worn hearing aids since childhood, and my hearing has declined slightly. My vision loss is progressive and I already experience night blindness, loss of peripheral vision, and tunnel vision. I am Latina, and I haven’t seen many faces like mine talking about Usher Syndrome. I believe being open about my obstacles will help both me and others.
I am also a talented professional looking to make a big impact on the lives of others. I graduated from Duke University as a Robertson Scholar and hold a Masters in Dual Language/Bilingual Education from Bank Street. I taught for four years, and then left teaching to start a non-profit program. The mission of Healthy Kids in the Heights is to improve the health & nutrition of Latino families in NYC. I’m a certified health coach, and I’m passionate about creating healthier communities. Currently, I’m a health coordinator for Harlem Children’s Zone focused on obesity prevention and intervention. I’m also pursuing an MPH in Community Health Education.
Life is too grand to let anything stop you from achieving your dreams. I want to make a meaningful impact on the world and leave it better than I found it.