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Independent Futures with Autism

To the Parents

Welcome to Independent Futures With Autism! This website is for you, who are guiding your adolescent and young adult children with high functioning autism or Asperger’s toward employment and independence. Your children have great potential but face unique challenges as adults. We believe that parents are the best coaches! It is your special knowledge of your child, your connectedness to their everyday experiences, and your devotion that make it possible for you to effect the most positive changes. You are likely to need some guidance, however, and that is the purpose of our website, blogs, and books.  It is our hope that, in coordination with you, we may help your children to achieve independent futures.

 - Lisa & Diane - 

Lisa Tew, MS, CCC-SLP

Lisa Tew is a speech-language pathologist who has worked with individuals on the autism spectrum from preschool through young adulthood since 1978...

Diane Zajac, LMSW

Diane Zajac is a school social worker who has been working with individuals on the autism spectrum for 20 years.  In recent years, Diane has worked with a state agency as a job coach...

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