Guest Author - Melissa Diamond (Founder/Director, A Global Voice for Autism)
Melissa founded A Global Voice for Autism after traveling to Jerusalem and hearing about the lack of autism services available to families in the West Bank. As the close friend of someone with autism, she was struck by the degree to which a child’s birthplace determines his/her opportunity to go to school and take part in his/her community. She set out to create a holistic program to provide families in conflict-affected communities with the tools to support their children with autism. Melissa has had her work featured by the Clinton Global Initiative University. She is a world-recognized speaker who has presented on five continents, including a presentation at the United Nations headquarters for World Autism Awareness Day 2013.