Through Rebecca’s educational and professional experiences, she recognized that community resources available to individuals on the autism spectrum and their families were limited. In 2010, she started the Asperger’s Alliance Inc., and began to share her vision and philosophy with colleagues and professionals in the community.
Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, State of Delaware
Social Media you can’t live without: Facebook is a great social media outlet to network with professionals and friends and has been an excellent tool for both marketing and to encourage communication amongst my young adults.
Your biggest break: While in graduate school, I was afforded the opportunity to develop and implement a social skills program for an underserved group of individuals with Asperger’s Syndrome. This endeavor quickly made me realize the lack of services for individuals on the Autism Spectrum and resources and support for their families. Asperger’s Alliance was conceived out of this initiative and has grown to encompass social development programs for middle, high school, and young adults, anxiety support groups and a support/resource group for families.
Best career advice you ever got: When I first started working for the State the Counselor I was assistant to had me read the book Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl and shared this quote with me “Don’t aim at success. The more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintended side effect of one’s personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself or as the by-product of one’s surrender to a person other than oneself.”
How do you give back: I dedicate my time to mentoring and fostering the social skills of my teenagers and young adults by allowing them to experience the same experiences and accomplishments in social situations as their neurotypical peers.
Your biggest challenge: One of the biggest challenges that I am currently experiencing is a lack of dedicated volunteers to assist in mentoring our young adults. I foresee given current statistics and our growing participants and families, there will be an increasing demand for assistance to meet the needs of individuals on the Autism Spectrum.