GPS Advocacy is an advocacy service created by Gloria Perez-Stewart (formerly Gloria Perez-Walker), a mother to a child with disabilities and special education/disability rights advocate, and former community organizer.
GPS Advocacy offers radio show interviews with special education and disability experts, and products and services for parents of students receiving special education or disability services in the public school system.
Gloria works with attorneys and advocates in several states on special ed and disability cases. She has worked with ACLU to organize parents of color for class action suits in their school districts on the School to Prison Pipeline, and for Disability Rights Texas as an education advocate. She has presented at local, state and national conferences on issues concerning communities of color, special education advocacy, and community organizing.
Gloria is a co-founder of Latina Mami and Ichi-Villa Autism Alliance, and serves on the board of the Latino Health Care Forum in Texas. She is a also a commissioner in California as a senate appointee for the statewide Advisory Committee on Special Education. She recently served as board member for the nationwide civil rights organization, Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates.
Gloria’s work has been featured in the national Latina Magazine, Austin-American Statesman, Parent:Wise Magazine, and Austin Monthly Magazine and she has been recognized by Ernst and Young as a Social Entrepreneur. She hosted a weekly radio show entitled “Mamis of Color” for young mothers of color in Austin, Texas for a decade on KOOP Radio 91.7 FM.