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ABOUT JULIE

Sister. Sib. Advocate

Drive, passion, creativity and energy are the qualities I possess that will positively impact the world around me. My mind is constantly making connections on how to best serve those around me who need to be uplifted. As the eldest of four children with a younger sister who has severe intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), I have a viewpoint of the world that is much different than the typical sibling population. At a young age, I saw my sister succumb to epileptic episodes. I witnessed the undying love of a mother caring for her medically fragile child, in addition to three typical. I saw a marriage rip apart for most of my childhood. And I learned responsibility at an age much younger than my peers. I am a Sib, an adult sibling of a sister with intellectual and developmental disabilities. In April 2012, I learned that my non-verbal sister with the cognitive level of 10-month-old was being sexually assaulted at her outside caregiving facility. My world changed. My sweet, beautiful sister was being repeatedly violated and could not tell us. Sibs are the future caregivers, and one day, I will be caring for my sister, in addition to caring for my aging mother and my own children. Welcome to the Club Wrap Generation. In my search for support, in light of my sister’s tragedy, I co-founded the California Chapter of the Sibling Leadership Network, “CaliforniaSibs”.   I earned an International MBA from the University of San Diego, and a B.S. in Business, International Concentration from Saint Mary's College of California. My father is from India and I grew up traveling abroad. While there in the late 90’s on a family trip, I volunteered with Mother Theresa’s nuns at Premdawn, Home for the Sick and Dying. As Mahatma Gandhi best said, “The true measure of any society can be found in how it treats its most vulnerable members.”

 
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