Audrey Vernick serves as the Director of Educational Advocacy and Training and is responsible for coordinating the design, development, and launch our new Educational Advocate Program. Audrey recently completed the SEAT (Special Education Advocate Training) program by the Council of Parent Attorney Advocates.
In 2003, her first son, Bennett, was born. He had suffered a massive stroke in utero and went on to have a hemispherectomy at age 2. As the parent of a child with cerebral palsy, Audrey shifted her career to that of an educational advocate and caregiver. In 2010, she created Camp Bennett, a constraint induced movement therapy program for pediatric stroke survivors, which operated in the San Francisco Bay Area until 2012.
Audrey has been recognized on the state and national level for her advocacy in the area of disability rights and empowering parents of children with special needs, as well as her commitment to inclusion and ability awareness. She was Support for Families 2010 Honoree, where she received an award for her community service work through Camp Bennett. In addition, she received a Certificate of Recognition from the California State Assemblyman Tom Ammiano in recognition to her “unwavering commitment to… the children of our underserved communities.”
She and her husband, Russ, have 2 sons: Bennett (11) and Sammy (9) and they live in San Francisco.
Audrey spent the first 15 years of her career as a photojournalist, author and teacher. Her photographs have appeared in newspapers and magazines worldwide, including The New York Times, USA Today, Time and Newsweek. Her two books, ‘Picture the Girl’ and ‘Unveiled’ use images and interviews to provide an intimate view of the lives of teenage girls and married couples, respectively. Audrey received a B.A. in journalism from San Francisco State University. She also taught photography at a private high school for 13 years.