Family Coordinator, Linking Hands Program
LEND Family Faculty
B.A. in Elementary Education/Moderate Special Needs, Wheelock College
Angela joined Children's Hospital in 2001 as the Program Coordinator for the Down Syndrome Program. The program is one of the oldest and largest of its kind, offering specialized services for children, adolescents and young adults with Down syndrome from birth until they reach age 22. Angela works to provide many opportunities outside of the clinic to help support development and learning, health and wellness, and community building for families. Angela works closely with children, parents, medical specialists, community physicians and educators.
Angela is the coordinator of the Linking Hands Program which has been developed to teach LEND fellows what family life is like for children with special healthcare needs and their families. She helps coordinate visits with local families who are family mentors to our fellows. Linking Hands provides professionals a unique window into the life of a family with a child with special needs. Fellows learn about their stories, challenges faced and strengths the families possess. As a mother of an adult son, who has Down Syndrome, Angela does speaking-engagements to share her own personal story and perspective of life with her son with parents, future doctors, geneticists, and educators. Angela serves on various local and national committees to work on improving opportunities and life for children with Down syndrome.