Karen Simmons is a pioneer in educating people on autism. Click here to visit www.autismtoday.com.
A gemologist by trade, Karen Simmons is the mother of six children, one with autism and one with ADHD. Sine her son, Jonathan was diagnosed as being autistic, she has devoted her life to helping him and others with autism achieve as much independence as they can. She recognized the need to create an exceptional resource to assist families struggling to find easy and affordable autism answers. As a result she founded Autism Today, the first online information and resource center in the late 90’s.
As CEO of Autism Today, Karen hosts classes, resources and expertise to parents, educators, doctors, therapists and individuals serving the autism spectrum and special needs communities.
In addition to Autism Today, Karen hosts Canada's Keys To The Treasure Chest conferences on autism and Aspergers (www.KeysToTreasures.com) and The KEEN Education Foundation which strives to fund educational resources for families with exceptional needs.
Karen, also known as “The Autism Lady” is the author of widely acclaimed titles including “Little Rainman,” “The Autism Experience,” “Surrounded By Miracles,” “The Official Autism 101 Manual,” “Chicken Soup for the Soul, Children with Special Needs” with Jack Canfield, Autism Tomorrow, plus hundreds of DVD’s with world renowned autism experts.
The autism community is fortunate to have such a driven, creative, empathetic visionary as Simmons. You will want to read her writings and attend her conferences because her knowledge will enhance opportunities for individuals with autism and help the families of autistic individuals deal with the challenges autism presents.
She has been featured in international publications such as Woman’s World Magazine, The Vicki Gabereau Show with Temple Grandin, Global Television as one of Edmonton Alberta based Woman of Vision, FOX News, PBS Healthy Minds, CBC, The View from the Bay, and many magazines, radio talk shows and print media.
Karen makes her home in Sherwood Park, Alberta Canada with her husband Jim Sicoli and their six children, Kimberly, Matthew, Christina, Jonathan, Stephen and Alexander where she rounds out her motherhood experience with her families own gifts and eccentricities. Needless to say, Karen is a busy woman!