SAYING IS BELIEVING

“Debora has become such an amazing resource for our family. From IEPs, gluten-free eating or just plain moral support, she rocks! She is extremely knowledgeable and personable. She is my go-to and has become a dear friend through our shared experiences. Her ‘A Heart-to-Heart with Mom’ roundtable sessions are therapeutic for me and lots of other parents.”                   —Shannon, mom, Anaheim, CA

“My 7th grade son was having a difficult time organizing his assignments, effectively forecasting his study time for upcoming projects and tests. Frustrated because school districts don’t seem to teach children how to STUDY and PLAN for assignments, I found your homework worksheets to be wonderfully helpful. Now when my son gets an assignment, he uses your worksheet to map out his plan of attack. The result: much less stress, he stays on task, no nagging from me and great grades. (He made the Honor Roll again this year!) THANK YOU! P.S. My son is not on the spectrum. He is simply a young man learning how to be a successful high school and college student.”     —Diane Z., mother, Northville, Michigan

“Debora is a solution seeker who values a person’s abilities versus their disabilities. She has paved a solid foundation for her son’s future and written books to help others navigate their way towards independence. Debora is resolute in advocating for those on the spectrum with fervor, humor and grace.”  – A mom, Southern California

“Thank you so much!  Big tears welled up in my eyes to hear from you and such great info…thank you for the recipe. Your son is … such an inspiration for others. I will go back to the website … I soooooo appreciate this … and you!”     – Sandy, great-grandparent, Belleville, Illinois

“Debora has been a presenter for several of the Anaheim City School District’s autism parent education evening seminars. She shares practical ideas for parents and educators that she has developed over the years as she and Drew have traveled their journey of life. The two books they coauthored, “What My Mom Looks for In a Teacher” and “About Autism: 20 Insights From A Student with Autism” have been read by parents, teachers, and specialists in our district and have been a source of insight, encouragement, and inspiration. In April 2012, Debora shared with a group of ACSD parents “10 Effective Ways to Use Visual Supports” and her “5 Steps” strategy to help guide teachers in understanding their student. I can never thank Debora enough for sharing her time and talent with me and the families of Anaheim City School District.” – Liz Peterson, Anaheim City School District Autism Program Specialist

“I’ve known Debora for years now and she is, without a doubt, the most knowledgeable expert I know on Autism and Asperger’s. Her son Drew is a great example of how Aspie kids flourish when they get wise parental support. I have learned a lot from Debora and have used her ideas with my own two sons with great success!” – Eric K., parent

Debora has been someone I have turned to for guidance in navigating the challenges and nuances associated with raising a special needs child; especially in helping to develop those hugely important independent living skills. Her knowledge of the labyrinth that is the IEP process has been equally helpful. Raising children on the spectrum is daunting unless you have someone who can help you work through it – and Debora is well qualified.
– Keith, parent

…Debora and her son wrote a book of tips for teachers and other professionals that has been as much a tool for her son’s growth and independence as it is an example of her creativity. I have that book in my library and share it with others. She is a high-energy person with creative problem-solving abilities and can provide assistance to help any person on the road to success.” – Janis White, Ed. D., Chief Operating Officer, Regional Center of Orange County

“Debora thinks outside the box and in doing so goes beyond the IEP, teacher conferences and school meetings making it a priority to build a relationship between the parent, student and teacher.” —Denise S., parent

“Debora has significantly improved our child’s experience at school. My son’s teachers really appreciate the ‘5 Steps’ strategy she helped us implement. We use it regularly now.”—Michael N., parent

What struck me most profoundly and immediately when I met Drew and Debora 12 years ago was their courage and sense of humor. Debora’s inextinguishable energy as champion for her son’s full inclusion in general education has always been a source of inspiration… As our guides to simplifying the journey of Autism Spectrum Disorder, they have solved some of the trial and error for us, making our jobs as parents, teachers, students, consumers, and the community a bit easier and less daunting.” – Jan Weiner, Ph.D., Department of Special Education, California State University, Fullerton

2 responses to “SAYING IS BELIEVING

  1. Debora has been a presenter for several of the Anaheim City School District’s autism parent education evening seminars. She shares practical ideas for parents and educators that she has developed over the years as she and Drew have traveled their journey of life. The two books they coauthored, “What My Mom Looks for In a Teacher” and “About Autism: 20 Insights From A Student with Autism” have been read by parents, teachers, and specialists in our district and have been a source of insight, encouragement, and inspiration. In April 2012, Debora shared with a group of ACSD parents “10 Effective Ways to Use Visual Supports” and her “5 Steps” strategy to help guide teachers in understanding their student. I can never thank Debora enough for sharing her time and talent with myself and the families of Anaheim City School District.-Liz Peterson, Anaheim City School District Autism Program Specialist

    • Liz~I must confess, my times with your groups are so very meaningful to me. I know I benefit greatly as well. It all starts with the wonderful support (thanks for being so organized!), and you always have a good crowd that’s interested. The questions from the families keep me on my toes — and you’re forever my safety net. Thank you for the opportunity to return and continue to share. As promised, I’m working on some new topics for 2013. Your kind words are deeply appreciated. –Debora, Autism Resource Mom

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