Sara Du Terroil is a mother of three, disability and healthcare advocate, and licensed insurance consultant working to improve access to necessary care. She founded her business, Autism Insurance Consulting, to help individual families understand and assert their healthcare rights, especially for mental and behavioral health. Sara is also a seasoned legislative policy advocate around disability rights, including the advancement of care systems that work for, and protect, those with complex needs.
Sara is mom to a loving and funny young man with autism, cortical visual impairment and intellectual disability, and his younger brother and sister who have taken the ups and downs of the family journey in their stride. In advocating for her son’s complex medical, behavioral and educational needs, Sara has found great strength in the wider disability community.
Sara began her advocacy career as a labor law attorney in the United Kingdom where her work included appeals and grievances, discrimination cases, employment policies and procedures, and management development trainings. She was seconded by her law firm to act as in-house counsel for a year and a half at a government-owned non-profit organization.
She moved to her husband’s hometown of San Antonio, Texas in 2006. In Texas, Sara served on the Governmental Affairs committee of the Arc of Texas and worked with her local Arc chapter in San Antonio to train other parents in legislative policy advocacy. She served as a parent advisor to a non-profit foundation developing a one-stop connect program to autism services city-wide. In preparing for her move to NY in 2018, Sara was grateful to be connected with a Parent to Parent of NYS support parent who shared her experience of an adolescent child with challenging behavior.
Keeping physically and mentally fit is important to Sara and she enjoys yoga, tennis, hiking and biking with her family. She still has her British sense of humor and it has definitely been helpful on this journey! Sara is happy to have the chance to serve Parent to Parent of NYS in its mission of connecting and empowering families, which is a vital need in our diverse disability community.