Allison discovered the Autism Alliance when she was seeking support and community resources for her son (now 26) when he was three years old, only a few years after the Alliance was created.
Allison is a graduate, from the University of Southern Maine in the field of Therapeutic Recreation. She has been a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist for 34 years. Allison has worked in long term care and rehabilitative care for developmentally disabled and physically disabled adults. Allison has worked at the University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical School and Hospital in the Department of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics Autism Spectrum Disorders Clinic. She began as the Assistant Director of the Autism Alliance in 2006, and became the Executive Co-Director in 2015.
One of Allison’s priorities is partnering with businesses and individuals to create a welcoming and accessible community for families and their loved ones with autism. Our goal is to support an increased quality and socially inclusive life for families and to help businesses become sensitivity responsive. We believe that having neighborhood businesses that care fosters a new culture and stronger environment for all.
“Autism is my heart and passion; it has changed my life in ways that are indescribable. It is a privilege to do this meaningful and rewarding work with families and the community”