Suhali Méndez is a Senior Advocate in the Disability Justice Program at NYLPI, where she works with individuals with disabilities who face discrimination in housing, as well as with those whose language access to transportation is limited. She is also one of several staff members who staffs NYLPI’s intake line. Suhali assists individuals and families who need reasonable accommodations in housing by making sure that the tenants know their rights under the law and are confident in seeking enforcement of their rights. Suhali’s advocacy ensures that individuals with disabilities live integrated lives within their communities. In addition to providing advocacy services, Suhali also conducts bi-lingual (English-Spanish) trainings and engages in legislative advocacy.
Previously at NYLPI, Suhali advocated for a decade on behalf of parents whose children needed special education services. Suhali assisted parents in securing services and navigating the Department of Education to ensure that children with disabilities received the appropriate educational services and supports. During this time, she also conducted trainings for parents and professionals with the goal of their understanding the special education process and becoming better advocates for children with disabilities.
Prior to joining NYLPI in 2001, Suhali worked at the Osborne Association as a Program Assistant. Suhali received her B.A. in Psychology from Herbert H. Lehman College (CUNY).