Julie Barraza | Special Education Bilingual Advocate, DREDF
Juliet Barraza is the parent of two young boys, one of whom has developmental disabilities and epilepsy. Raised with Spanish as her primary language, she started translating at a very young age for members of her family and has continued to use her language skills as an active volunteer in the area of translation and special education. She assists Spanish–speaking families to understand and access services for their children by providing support and technical assistance as well as attending IEP Meetings over the last 13 years. She also has expertise on culturally appropriate services and supports for Latino families. Barraza has been a consultant for the Regional Centers of the East Bay and Valley Mountain. She is also an active member of the Council of Parents Advocates and Attorneys and serves as a trainer for the Special Education Advocacy Training (SEAT) focusing on race, culture, poverty and language. Barraza has served on the Board of Directors for Congreso Familiar where she has been a presenter since 2005. At the Castro Valley Unified School District, she participated actively in Ability Awareness Day, serves on the School Site Council, and is a Past President of the Special Education PTA. Juliet has been an advocate with DREDF since 2005 where she started as a volunteer.