Meet Our Family: Monique Herrera






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Monique Herrera: Hi, my name is Monique and I am a social worker at St. Joseph's School for the Blind. I work with children that are between the ages of 3 to 21. I am also a parent of a child who is visually impaired and he is seven years old.

My child was first diagnosed with a visual impairment when he was three months. It wasn't easy because he had been in the hospital for a long time and I thought everyday I was getting, you know, a different diagnosis. That there were so many thoughts that came to mind about basically how he was going to function.

I think it's important for parents to connect with each other because they can, you know, talk about their experiences and find out how other parents dealt with a certain situation.

I use FamilyConnect, both as a parent and also as a social worker for resources, to get information. Sometimes to find out how other parents do things, or also to find out what's happening or what types of workshops are available.

My advice for a parent that has just found out and has a young child, is to definitely connect with early intervention and with resources that are available. I would like other parents and educators to know that you have to have expectations, have high expectations of your child, and push them. Push them to, you know to do things and be the best that they can be.

Narrator: FamilyConnect, www.familyconnect.org.

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