I am proud to be part of Autism Tennessee and am humbled by the role the organization plays in lives throughout Middle Tennessee. Serving as Board President for the past two years has allowed me to witness and experience what I already knew to be true -- we exist to enrich the lives and experiences of individuals on the autism spectrum, their families, and their surrounding community through support, advocacy, and education. Our staff members, volunteers, and board of directors come from various backgrounds, religions, nationalities and perspectives. All of these differences, in and of themselves, are our core strength, and they equip us to serve our diverse population with genuine care and intention.
As a mother, I experienced the fear of the unknown when my son was diagnosed with autism. My need for information to better understand how this would impact my entire family was encompassing. I sought knowledge and resources, lots and lots of resources! Knowledge, resources, and relationship building are the core of Autism Tennessee, and the organization quickly became a lifeline for me. As our journey with autism continues, I am grateful to know Autism Tennessee has a team that understands my fears and accepts my questions with open arms.
I believe that wherever you are on your autism journey, a newly diagnosed family; an adult on the autism spectrum; an educator; or just a caring friend, you will find all the knowledge and resources you need when you reach out to Autism Tennessee. I hope that you will join the staff, volunteers, and board of directors at Autism Tennessee as we celebrate every milestone that once felt like a mountain.
Board President, 2019 and 2020