Esther Falcetta resides in Pennsylvania with her husband and teenage daughter. Their family’s journey into advocacy began in 2006 with their daughter’s diagnoses of ADHD, General Anxiety Disorder and Convergence Insufficiency (visual processing disorder). As the proud mom of a vibrant, energetic and resilient daughter, Esther has been privileged to be part of advocacy efforts at the local, state and national level.
Esther is employed as a Transition Coordinator for PA Medical Home, serving transition-age youth as they move from pediatric to adult health care providers, and transition to “adult living.” She also serves on PA’s Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) “Transition to Kindergarten” work group, and as a parent advisor with the PA Consortium for Children & Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN). At the local level, Esther serves as a parent advisor for two early intervention and special education task forces. In 2010, she was privileged to be part of a state-wide interagency committee that produced the Pennsylvania “Transition to Adult Living” toolkit.
Currently, Esther is coordinating an effort to digitally document the stories of children leaving early intervention programs as they transition to kindergarten. This advocacy initiative will then be presented to PA legislators, school administrators and school boards in support of funding early intervention/early childhood education programs and promoting increased parent involvement in the public education system.