“There’s no way to be a perfect mother and a million ways to be a good one.” —Jill Churchill

DeJuana Golden, MS, EJD is a wife and mother of three children including her teen son CJ who has a dual diagnosis of Down syndrome and autism. She is the founder and director of Special Shades of Color where she aims to provide a real look inside of the lives of parents raising special needs children.

A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley (Bachelor’s degree) and Golden Gate University (Master’s degree), she also received her Executive Juris Doctorate degree at Concord Law School. DeJuana has over 16 years of experience in marketing (both cause-related and online), advocacy, as well as community service. She also completed a Special Education Advocacy Training program through COPAA (Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates), with the goal of improving access to services in order to enhance the lives of children, parents, and families in the special needs community.

DeJuana was honored as a Rising Star by the Orange County Global Women’s Conference for her work with Special Shades of Color. Additionally, Special Shades of Color has been awarded the Pollination Project Grant (2013), LIFE Ministries Grant (2013), and most recently were featured on KTLA’s Helpful Honda commercial highlighting those who make a difference in their communities (2014).

To book for speaking engagements visit www.specialparentadvocate.com or email info@specialshadesofcolor.org