This week our guest is Ann Palmer. She has 18 years experience working with families of individuals with autism. She was the Parent Support Coordinator at Division TEACCH (Treatment and Education of Autistic and related Communication handicapped Children and adults). There she coordinated a volunteer parent mentor program at five TEACCH Centers across the state, providing support to over 800 families in North Carolina. In her current role as Director of Advocacy and Chapter Support for the Autism Society of NC, she coordinates over 50 parent support groups across the state.
Ann presents internationally and has presented at the Tokyo Autism Conference, the International Conference on Autism in Denmark, the Autism Society of America National Conference, the Leo M. Croghan Conference on Developmental Disabilities, the Association for Higher Education and Disabilities (AHEAD) Conference, the MAAP Services for Autism and Asperger Syndrome Annual Conference and the Autism Society of North Carolina Annual Conference. She has been published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, the MAAP, the newsletter of the Maap Services for Autism and Asperger Spectrum, Exceptional Parent Magazine, Tweens and Teens Magazine, and The Spectrum, the newsletter of the Autism Society of North Carolina.
Ann is the author of three books including, “Realizing the College Dream with Autism or Asperger Syndrome: A Parent’s Guide to Student Success,” which 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 is “A Friend’s and Relative’s Guide to Supporting the Family with Autism: How Can I Help?”
Ann graduated from Appalachian State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and lives in North Carolina with her husband and three children. She has a twenty-seven year old son with autism, Eric.