About the BellaOnline Children with Special Needs Editor
Pamela started her writing career when she was still an undergraduate at the University of California, Berkeley, working as a research assistant in the College of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, in research and grant writing for technology supporting students with learning disabilities.
She was inspired to start writing about children and family issues following the birth of her daughter, as she had taken no university classes in pregnancy, childbirth or parenting, and found these fields of study fascinating and fun.
This naturally expanded when her son was diagnosed with Down syndrome at birth; again when he was a preschooler and research demonstrated the benefits of computer software developed for young children with Down syndrome; and again at the age of 7 when he was diagnosed with insulin dependent diabetes. However, the ordinary adventures and mishaps of her children growing up have been the topics that have inspired the delight and occasional anxiety of being a dedicated mom as well as a writer who related to other mothers.
You may have enjoyed her articles on family issues, childhood disabilities and parent support in magazines and newspapers, as well as early childhood technology reviews. Her work is available for and has been published in parenting and disability related book anthologies and newsletters. All articles are copyrighted. Permission to reprint must always be requested and proper credit is always expected.
Pamela has been active in organizing parent and community support for mainstream as well as childhood disability groups; promoting inclusion, diversity and multicultural awareness. She earned the PTA Golden Acorn award for volunteering in mainstream and special education preschool and kindergarten classrooms , her PTA activities and support for teaching staff and related professionals. She has been active in Campfire, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, little league, girls softball and other organizations.
Her understanding about building supportive inclusive communities grew a great deal while serving on her children´s hometown Human Services Advisory Committee and Housing Task Force. She volunteered as a community partner in a law enforcement grant program seeking to bolster grass roots community building and reducing crime. She also graduated from a series of CERT classes for Community Emergency Response Training, hoping to inspire other families of those challenged by childhood disabilities to participate in planning and preparing for emergency situations in their own neighborhoods.
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