EPISODE 33: Autism Advocates – The Who, What, Where, When & Why
With guest Jennifer Phelps, Founder & CEO of Engage Behavioral Health
Hey, everyone! Thanks for joining me today. Today’s topic is all about advocacy – specifically as to the Who, What, Where, When & Why of every autism advocate. We’re speaking with Jennifer Phelps of Engage Behavioral Health in Tallahassee Florida, she’s going to share her personal story of the path that lead her to where she is today. It’s pretty cool. And as always, if you’re enjoying this podcast, we sure would love for you to rate and review us wherever you listen to podcasts, and share with a friend. That’s how we make our voice stronger. Thanks for listening!
Every autism advocate’s story is different. Sure, they share similarities, but the journey of the advocacy (the who, what, where, when, why) can sometimes be vastly different.
Jennifer Phelps founded Engage Behavioral Health in Tallahassee Florida in 2008 after years of studying and working with individuals on the autism spectrum and other developmental disabilities. So that’s the who, what, where. The when started at a young age. In middle school at age 12, she began volunteering to work with individuals with disabilities in Florida, and then she read Catherine Maurice’s “Let Me Hear Your Voice”. Then her nephew received a developmental disability diagnosis, and all of that my folks, was and is her why.
Autism advocacy comes in all shapes and colors. Just like individuals on the spectrum, when you’ve met one autism advocate, you’ve met one autism advocate. As we continue to educate, support and empower our communities, reach out and find the different stories. Dig deep to find the who, what, where, when, and why. I guarantee that under every rock is an incredible story of patience, perseverance, dedication and love. Thanks for being a part of My Autism Tribe. See ya next week!