Ann McDonald-Cacho

Ann McDonald-Cacho joined DREDF as a Parent Advocate in 2007. Ann is a parent of a 21–year-old young man and fine artist with cerebral palsy who uses an array of assistive technology (AT) and alternative and augmentative communication (AAC) strategies for communication and access to every facet of life. Ann worked for several years to grow the Berkeley Special Education Parents Network (BSPED), a parent-run network founded to advocate for students with disabilities in the Berkeley Unified School District, and to provide information and support to district special education stakeholders (families, educators, administrators and community advocates). She provided special education parent expertise on her school district’s Task Force for Special Education and on its Inclusive Education Expert Advisory Panel. Ann also serves on the educational program committee for The Bridge School, a non–public school program serving young children with communication disabilities. A design and marketing specialist, Ann holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design from the California College of the Arts (CCA) in Oakland, and is Creative Director of her graphic design/advertising business, McDonald Advertising. Prior to opening her freelance business in 1981, Ann was an Art Director for Foote, Cone & Belding advertising agency in San Francisco.