Ann is the author of three books published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers. Realizing the college dream with autism or Asperger syndrome: A Parent’s Guide to Student Success was written about her son’s experience at a large state university. Parenting across the autism spectrum: Unexpected Lessons We Have Learned was co-authored with Maureen Morrell and was the Autism Society of America’s literary work of the year in 2007. Her newest book, which she will be discussing tonight, is A Friend’s and Relative’s Guide to Supporting the Family with Autism: How Can I Help?
Ann will be joined by Jean Alvarez and Anne Johnston. Jean Alvarez has worked as a parent advocate for the Autism Society of North Carolina since 2005. Prior to joining the Autism Society, she worked in the field of special education in various capacities. Despite her formal educational training, she credits her hands on experiences with people who have autism as being the most valuable. She is committed to raising awareness of autism within communities and is especially dedicated to helping families, people on the spectrum and community first responders learn how to create safer communities. Jean is a parent of 25 year old young man who is on the autism spectrum.
Anne Johnston who is an Asheville parent of two children, Ben 6 with autism, and Saylor 3. She has a professional background working in therapeutic wilderness programs for adolescents. She has served as the parent leader of the Autism Society of North Carolina's Buncombe County Chapter parent support group. She is a support parent with the Family Support Network of WNC, and is a member of Mission Children's Hospital/FSN Parent Advisory Council. She feels privileged to have this challenging, demanding, and beautiful motherhood experience.
Location: Street: 55 Haywood St City: Asheville, Province: North Carolina Postal Code: 28801 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)