Terri Mauro has two children with special needs: a 22-year-old with language-based learning disabilities and a 19-year-old with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, both adopted from Russia in 1994. She estimates that she has been to 32 IEP meetings over the course of 17 years of advocating for her kids, and celebrated her final one in the winter of 2012.
Terri is the author of 50 Ways to Support Your Child's Special Education and The Everything Parent's Guide to Sensory Integration Disorder. Her website Mothers With Attitude, offering "humor and help for adoptive moms, special-needs moms, any old moms at all," was recognized as a USA Today Hot Site and a Good Housekeeping Site of the Day. She has been working as a writer for more than 30 years, and has been an editor for Hallmark Cards, First for Women magazine, and Food and Wine cookbooks. You can read more about Terri's work experience on her Google profile.
Terri received a BA in Literature from the College of Creative Studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1981.
From Terri Mauro:
Almost everything important I've learned about raising my kids has come, in one way or another, from fellow parents of children with special needs. We can be an amazing resource for each other.