Brenda is a parent trainee, as she is the mother of a 21-year-old individual with a disability. She has been a special education teacher for 32 years, working with children with many different types of disabilities, and has also worked with a number of recreational and sports programs that work with individuals with disabilities, such as Special Olympics, Unified Sports, and Best Buddies. She is Vice President of Success SEPTO, a special education parent teacher organization, and is an active member of Camp Care, a member of the CT Council on Developmental Disabilities for six years, and a Partners in Policymaking graduate. Brenda has worked for over 30 years as a parent advocate, educator, and volunteer. Currently, Brenda is interested in the process of transition for people with disabilities from school to work, as well as in customized employment and working with community leaders and families to develop meaningful work experiences. Through LEND she hopes to develop stronger communication skills for advocacy within the community and legislature. She believes passionately that everyone must have a voice, and that people with disabilities should be able to choose their paths in life and be productive members of their community. To that end, she aims to become more involved with community organizations and bring more families together to create a louder voice for change.