Advocate

I wasn’t born an advocate. I wasn’t raised to stick up for myself or others effectively. I learned to advocate after my three children were diagnosed with autism. Particularly, I learned to advocate when things started going wrong for my family. Realizing that I could and should do something about it was a big breakthrough for me. I learned, little by little, to advocate for my children, for others, and for myself—in that order. Now, I advocate for people with neurological disabilities, including but not limited to autism. I also support the disability rights movement.

My Life

As a professional writer, I share stories from my life with readers all over the world. This well-honed talent empowers me to raise awareness of and empathy for people with neurological differences.

My Mission

As a mother and as a person with disabilities, I believe in potential and personal choice. I seek to enrich, employ, and empower people with neurological differences, so that we all can thrive.

My Strategy

As a life-long learner, I have pursued a graduate degree—complemented by independent studies—in nonprofit management in order to develop the skills I will need to accomplish my mission.

Looking Forward

As you explore this site, you’ll find some free, public offerings that I hope will whet your appetite while you await the release of the projects I have in the works, including Discovering Autism / Discovering Neurodiversity, a memoir of my early years as the mother of three children with autism, and First Steps: Understanding Autism, a short starter’s guide for people interested in autism. You will also have an opportunity to learn more about what I’m doing and why.

I’d also like to take a moment to address professionals who may be interested in my work and the information I have to offer. If you are interested in covering the news of my work in any (credible) capacity, feel free to use my contact page to get a hold of me. If you are interested in inviting me to speak, you should know that I am also in the process of developing talks of varying lengths that I can give in front of appropriate audiences. I will expedite these efforts upon request.