A mother and step-mother of two children with special needs, Justine has learned first hand of the daily struggles experienced by the constant conflicts with schools, teachers, and state agencies who abuse their power and accountability. Justine has seen how agencies are negatively-focused on parents of special needs children, and how far they will go out of their way to protect each other instead of the citizens they serve.
While living as a single mother, Justine’s 5- year old son was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. She learned quickly that the system is not designed to help children with Type 1 Diabetes, as her insurance company dropped their coverage the month he was diagnosed, and no other insurance company would cover him due to his new pre-existing condition. Justine was having to pay $1000 a month to keep her son alive, while undocumented immigrants would receive free health care. This needs to change.
Justine is a step-mother to Guiliana, a non-verbal, severely physically, cognitively & intellectually disabled teenager with the cognition of a 3-6 month-old. Justine has fought to ensure Guiliana receives the care she needs without the restrictions of state government and will continue to fight for the needs of disabled children across the nation.