Maureen Bennie created the Autism Awareness Centre in 2003 to address what she saw as a gap in support, information, resources and advocacy for those struggling with autism spectrum disorders. For Maureen, education and knowledge brings positive change to the lives of those affected by autism and autism spectrum disorders.
Maureen is the mother of two young adults with autism – Marc and Julia. For 8 years, she managed an at-home Intensive Behavioral Intervention Program which involved working with speech pathologists, child development specialists, psychologists, occupational therapists, and physical therapists.
Maureen has written over 200 articles and book reviews that have appeared in magazines, newsletters, and on websites throughout North America and the UK. She is also an active presenter throughout Canada on autism topics.
Maureen presents on book resources and how to use them, topics in autism, creates book lists for various audiences, writes book reviews for publishers, assesses libraries at organizations and tells them what areas they are lacking up to date information in. She was contributing author for the SAGE Handbook of Autism and Education to be published by SAGE, which is due to be released in June 2018. Her third book, A Community Guide to Supporting Individuals with Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism Through Support Groups, Information Sessions, Workshops, and Activities has been accepted for publication by Autism Aspergers Publishing Co.
Maureen’s weekly blog post topics range from her personal experience as a parent of two children on the autism spectrum to detailed coverage of top news stories, events, and resources concerning autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
Maureen’s writing provides peer-to-peer support and information for educational and advocacy purposes only. As she is not a medical professional, Maureen’s writing should not be seen as providing medical advice.