DeJuana Golden, MS, EJD is a single mother of three children including her 13-year-old son CJ who has a dual diagnosis of Down syndrome and autism. She is the founder and director of Special Shades of Color, where she aims to provide a real look inside of the lives of parents raising special needs children via the power of video blogs.
A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, Golden Gate University (Master’s degree), and Concord Law School (Executive Juris Doctorate); DeJuana has over 13 years of experience in marketing, advocacy, and community service. She is currently enrolled in a Special Education Advocacy Training program through COPAA (Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates), with the goal of improving access to services in order to enhance the lives of children, parents, and families in the special needs community.
DeJuana has been honored as a Rising Star by the Orange County Global Women’s Conference for her work with Special Shades of Color. Additionally, Special Shades of Color has been awarded the Pollination Project Grant (2013), LIFE Ministries Grant (2013), Impact Grant through the Pollination Project (2014), and featured on KTLA’s Helpful Honda commercial highlighting those who make a difference in their communities (2014).