Denise is a parent trainee, as she has a child with a disability. She is also a Policy Analyst for the State of CT Commission on Women, Children, Seniors, and Equity & Opportunity. She has been a member of several support groups and attended many classes, seminars, and trainings around advocacy skills. When working with support groups, she helps provide resources and connections to support services as well as training to mothers to help them improve their skills at advocating for their children. Current areas of interest include disability awareness, the post-school transition, support services within college, cultural awareness and stigma within minority communities, and supports for minors with disabilities to help them manage once their caregivers are gone. Denise hopes to learn more about how she can assist and advocate for families raising children with disabilities as well as how she can be an advocate for people with disabilities. She also plans to take her experience from being a policy analyst and use it to help create and pass legislation to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities so that all individuals may fully participate in society.