Laura San Giacomo (TNTís Saving Grace)

Laura San Giacomo

In addition to her role as Rhetta Rodriguez on TNTís Saving Grace, Laura San Giacomo is a childrenís advocate. She began her work when she proved to her school district that is was appropriate for her son, who happened to have cerebral palsy, to be included in a typical classroom setting. She is one of a group of parents who, along with educators from California State University, Northridge, helped found a charter school in that area. The school won the California Charter School of the Year Award in 2005 and was nominated for the California Distinguished School Award in 2003. One goal is to continue the work of the district in quality programs to set precedents and create a trail of opportunity for all children by addressing the issue of full inclusion on a national level.

San Giacomo has been honored by the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine; by Media Access for her Inclusive Education PSA in The More You Know series; by Shaneís Inspiration with the Humanitarian Award; SERTís Gilly Award; and Redbookís Mother and Shaker Award. She has been a keynote speaker at several conferences for TASH and CalTASH, an organization that works toward an inclusive society; two U.S. Department of Education- sponsored conferences; and the Young Neuroscientistsí Workshop for the Childrenís Neurological Solutions Foundation.

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