Lizette Hernandez is a mother of 3 and advocate for her children with disabilities, a daughter who struggles with Dyslexia, and a son who is living with Autism. After her son Donovan showed interest in playing baseball and not being able to find a place in her community to play she started a Challenger League at Bronxchester Little League. Once the baseball season was over, Lizette felt a void that she needed to fill. Born and raised in the Bronx, Lizette wanted to serve her community and give back.
Since her son Donovan’s diagnosis she has been a strong advocate in the Autism community and has raised lots of money to help fund Autism services, by hosting annual Autistic Kids Rock Karaoke fundraising event. It is very important that services be free or at very low cost to families. Being a parent she is aware of the costs of therapies and the lack of programs tailored for children on the spectrum.
Lizette is a graduate of John Jay College of Criminal Justice, where she majored in Deviant Behavior and Social Control. After College, Lizette worked for Grand Street Settlement a Community Based Organization located in the Lower East Side, At Grand Street Settlement she was the Training Coordinator for the Adolescent Sexual Health Initiative. After the birth of her first child, she decided to take some time off and left the organization. Soon she was back into the workforce and changed careers. She became a controller and office manager for a Construction Management Company, where she managed the finances for four separate entities.
Lizette hopes to bring her love, passion, knowledge and experience in advocating for her children and others, to help inform others on how to advocate for their loved ones.