Location: New York
College: Buffalo State College
Profession: Program Assistant for a Peer-Run Non-Profit Agency for People with Disabilities
Biography: Hi, I’m Julia. I’m a 25-year old vibrant young woman who has a beautiful appreciation for life. I was officially diagnosed with NVLD when I was eight years old and though it has been a challenge learning how to “life,” I have found true happiness. I have a black cat named Marcello, who is the light of my life. I enjoy art of all kinds and fashion. I love people and learning their stories, and through that I have been comfortable sharing my own. The opportunity to be part of the NVLD Project as a social ambassador is one of the greatest honors ever.
Who has influenced you the most in life and why? My mom has been the greatest influence in my life. She has been the fiercest advocate for me, and without her I wouldn’t be where I am today. She has sat through countless IEP meetings and has gotten me the services that I need. She taught me how to be my own advocate and I forever love her for that. I am glad for the opportunities that she has given me to succeed in life and she will be my best friend forever.