Autism Parenting Solutions

Special Education Advocacy and Training (919) 885-4273
Raleigh, North Carolina - Nationwide Support for Parents


Lisa Townsend, Co-Founder

I have many years of experience in the disability field, including as a substitute teacher in special education classrooms, a parent mentor for statewide support and structured teaching organizations (Family Support Network of NC and TEACCH) and several years as a Professional Advocate for a non-profit organization.

As a trained professional in the field, I also speak from personal experience.  My oldest son has ADD, my middle son has an Autism Spectrum Disorder, and my youngest son has a learning disability.  I am a graduate of Partners in Policymaking, a nationally recognized advocacy training program.  I graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with a degree in Business and German.

At Autism Parenting Solutions, we regularly attend training sessions and conferences throughout the year to stay abreast of best practices and emerging research.  Participants in our workshops and training sessions consistently report that the personal stories we share, based on thousands of interactions, are powerful links between research and implementation.

Training/Professional Development

Special Education:  Wrightslaw Training, NC Exceptional Children's Annual Conference, and Exceptional Children's Assistance Center (ECAC)

TEACCH (  Literacy for Students with Autism, Human Sexuality, Structured Teaching, and Visual Schedules

Social Skills:  Jed Baker, Carol Gray (Social Stories), Michelle Garcia Winner (, and Scott Bellini

Early Intevention:  Connie Kasari and John Thomas

Transition to Adulthood:  Social Security and Estate Planning, Employment, Peter Gerhardt, George Tilson (TranScen in Baltimore)

Public Policy Advocacy:  Autism Society of America Day on the Hill, NC Legislatrure (anti-bullying bill), Seclusion and Restraint, Eliminate Corporal Punishment

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