Teresa is the mother of two boys and lives in the Chicago area along with her husband. Her youngest son, Nick is 25 years old and a graduate of Metea Valley High School. Nick has a dual diagnosis of Down syndrome and autism. She is currently writing a memoir about raising Nick which is near completion. She has published articles and book reviews related to the special needs population. Teresa is a speaker and advocate in the community and a frequent guest lecturer at Aurora University and Northern Illinois University. She is a Dual Diagnosis Specialist and Consultant, for the Down Syndrome Connection of the Bay Area, offering expertise on dual diagnosis of Down syndrome and autism.
In addition, Teresa has worked in the fitness field teaching for over 30 years. Her hope is to reach out to families and the community to show the real story of what it is like inside the trenches of every aspect of having a child with many special needs.
Teresa’s book, A New Course: A Mother’s Journey Navigating Down Syndrom and Autism will be published by Kat Biggie Press in May 2020. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about advance reader copies and interviews with the author.