Welcome to ASC. It is my vision as Executive Director to provide every family the resources that will assist them in getting the appropriate services, and supports they need. I hope to grow ASC to reach as many families as possible through low to no cost advocacy, parent education and support groups.
I have a dream that our children will be treated with respect and accepted in their lives.
Thank you for your support!
Dr. Kristin Merrill
Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Twenty years as a psychotherapist treating adolescents, adults and families
Specializes in working with parents/caregivers of children and adolescents on the Autism Spectrum
Over 25 years serving non-profit, community-based organizations and healthcare agencies as a Program Development specialist and fundraising professional
Patricia and Donald Moralls Trust
Robyn Del Fierro
The Moralls Trust
Autism Support Community (ASC) is a 501c3 non-profit organization that provides low to no cost training, special education advocacy, and inclusive programs to families requiring Autism Services. Research has shown that intervention through special education services increases the level of independence and opportunities available to individuals on the Autism spectrum. ASC believes that every special needs student has the right to inclusive opportunities, a safe environment, and a program that provides meaningful benefit. Special education legal knowledge is necessary to make this happen and should be universally accessible regardless of socioeconomic status.
Autism Support Community, founded in 2010, by concerned parents and professionals, is a proponent of the rights of people with developmental disabilities. Our vision is to make sure that every student has access to the services and interventions that they need to become independent adults. We started by volunteering to assist friends at IEP meetings. Since then we have grown to provide Council of Parent Attorney and Advocate (COPAA) Special Education Advocates Trained professionals at low to no cost to families. We partner with schools to bring Olweus Certified trainers for bully prevention. ASC expanded to provide inclusive social activities as Regional Center Resources cut services.
Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst.
MA in teaching specialized in Applied Behavior Analysis.
10 years of experience working with children and adults with developmental disabilities and behavior challenges.
Provided behavioral training and consultation for teachers and parents in the U.S., China and Japan.
Writer and illustrator of children's books.
BS from NYU
Non-profit Special Education Advocacy & Training
Candidate for Board Certified Behavior Analyst University of North Texas.
Assisted BCBA in initial consultation, designing and implementing behavior intervention strategies. Provided specialized one-to-one behavior intervention services for children with autism. Worked as part of a team of behavior analysts to provide ABA service at client’s home.
Facilitated professional training program for special education teachers in China, which covered topics of ABA, OT and Speech for young children with autism.
BS Social Science / MS Organizational Leadership
USC/COPAA Special Education Advocacy Training Graduate
Olweus Bully Prevention Program Certified Trainer
QPR Suicide Prevention Certified Trainer
Loyola Law School Center for Conflict Resolution DRP Training Certificate
Over decade as Special Education Advocate
Autism Support Community
Registered 501c3 Non Profit Organization
Donations are tax deductible