For over forty-one years, Gloria A. Lopez has worked with children with disabilities and their families, and with adults who were diagnosed with medical conditions later in life. A mother of three children, her son was born with a disability—Spina Bifida. Her experiences led her to design books that offer an individual self-empowerment by taking a more active role in their medical care through documentation.
Ms. Lopez has helped start several support groups, including a group for parents experiencing the trauma of having a newborn in a neonatal hospital unit and local community parent support groups. She has assisted in developing a program to mainstream children with disabilities into local school districts in Santa Clara County, California.
As a speaker, a medical conference planner, an advocate for child and parental rights, and a program developer on a community, state and national level, Ms. Lopez has been active with many issues affecting the disabled. She was a founder and Administrative Director of the Spina Bifida Association of California and continues to work with hospitals on disability awareness and program development.
She has shown many families and individuals how to put together their own Personal Care Handbook to assist them in maintaining accurate records and to help them take a more active role in their medical care.
Ms. Lopez believes through documentation will help prevent and minimize medical errors and assist the medical team. She is a speaker and an advocate on the purpose of documentation and has authored Personal Medical Journal, My Personal Medical Journal, Personal Medical Pocket Journal, Personal Caregivers Handbook, and the Personal Care Handbook