I'm excited to meet you here at Ally4Autism. I am an Autism Specialist that has just taken early retirement from consulting for a large public education support agency in Iowa called Great Prairie Area Education Agency. Now I am eager to take all that I have learned from working with wonderful professionals, very wise parents, and amazing children for over twenty years and create a private consulting business to serve you.
As I worked with more and more parents through the schools, I became increasingly aware of their concerns outside of school. My vision for Ally4Autism is to begin to meet those challenges that arise before and after the school day as well as before and after the public school years.
It has been my experience in the schools that approximately 1 out of every 100 students is somewhere on the Autism Spectrum. That translates into the probability that 1 in every 100 people you meet daily in your community are on the Spectrum. That's a lot of individuals in our midst that could use our understanding support.
Who needs to get better acquainted with Autism Spectrum Disorders? Extended family members, church workers, child care providers, residential care staff, sheltered workshop staff, potential employers, police officers, retail business employees- the list goes on and on. We have our work cut out for us. It will be a labor of love. Together, we can make life better for us all.