Families Encouraged: Allyson + Audrey Perez #EPU40

Families Encouraged: Meet Allyson + Audrey Perez #EPU40


What brought you to EPU?

  • We were referred to EPU by Central Valley Regional Center for their early intervention program when our daughter was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy.

Tell us about your child?

  • Our daughter is two years old and she loves the Mickey Mouse gang and Abby Cadabby from Sesame Street. She enjoys dancing with us in the kitchen and singing songs in the car. One of her favorite things to do is go on bike rides with her dad and to visit her cousins.

What was/is your experience with EPU?

  • Our experience with EPU has been a positive one. It starts with a warm greeting through the front doors and well wishes for the coming week at the end of our time. The staff is welcoming and accepting of our daughter. They are also professional as far as rescheduling or cancelling appointments. They have clear goals for our daughter.

How has your relationship with EPU affected you and your family’s lives?

  • Our relationship with EPU has affected our family in the most uplifting way. EPU has instilled a sense of confidence into us as parents that we are here for a bigger purpose. It’s great to see staff members out in the community who call out to us by name just to say hi and see how our daughter is doing.

What hopes do you have for your child’s future?

  • Our hopes for our daughter are no different than those of a typical child. Of course, our hopes might look different and take a slightly longer time period, but essentially they are the same. She will be loved by many and she will love and respect all walks of life. We hope to encourage to share her story: the ups, the downs, and everything in between. We hope she is a confident, self-sufficient individual who meets the goals she sets for herself.

Do you have any advice for other parents?

  • Some advice that we would give is to be proud of your child, of their strengths and of their abilities. One never knows who they might befriend at EPU. Be slow to react to unkind words and stares. Most people have never walked in the shoes of a special needs parent. Accept and answer all questions other might have. This is your chance to share your child and spread awareness.