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Mara LaViola

CVI Parent; Chief Operations Officer, Texans for Special Education Reform; Board Member, Autism Society of Texas and Texas Parent to Parent


Mara, an accomplished graduate of Cornell University and the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, is not only a seasoned advocate for children and youth with disabilities but, more importantly, a devoted mother. Her personal journey as the parent of a DeafBlind+ son attending Perkins School for the Blind is the driving force behind her impassioned advocacy. Mara’s impactful advocacy extends beyond the personal realm, reflected in her successful policy work that has garnered recognition and awards. She has authored legislation, notably passed at the state level, and received honors for her dedication to enhancing the lives of disabled students. As the Chief Operations Officer for Texans for Special Education Reform and a board member of the Autism Society of Texas as well as Texas Parent to Parent, Mara leverages her experiences and achievements to bring about positive systemic change. Her deep understanding as a mom who has navigated the challenges of obtaining appropriate diagnoses and eligibility for her child with CVI further amplifies her commitment. Mara’s unique combination of personal experience, successful policy initiatives, and accolades makes her a powerful force in ensuring that no other family faces similar obstacles on their journey.


Disclosures for 2024 CVI Conference: Building Meaningful Recognition
Mara LaViola is not being paid for her presentation, but her registration fees are being waived.

Mara LaViola does not have any nonfinancial relationships to disclose.