Born in Michigan and, at various times, resident in eight states, I’ve had several careers. I waited tables for four years in college. I held key positions in research on projects to determine the efficacy of government funded bilingual education; to assess an educational tool for Head Start students; and to evaluate the success of a program to teach parents how to manage their unruly adolescent children. I worked as a technical writer and editor in the software industry for fifteen years. I’m the mother of a now independently successful son who has autism and linguistic brain damage.
Now retired, I live in the Arizona desert, where I’ve edited a number of books for friends and other writers. I do less of that now so I have time for her own endeavors: I write essays, memoirs of my life, random poems, and directions for travelers on the way to my home. Without a cat for eight years, I hope to be adopted soon.
I earned a BA in English from Maryville College, in Tennessee and an MA in Experimental Psychology from California State University, Fullerton.
List of My Credentials
In my several careers, I’ve participated in a variety of activities, including
Mother of Autistic son
- Behavior Modification
- Home school
- Public education
- Located schools
- Interpretation and defense of student
- Parent group
- Advocate for more and better service to
- Individual students
- Students as a group
- Social service organizations
- Locate and obtain service
- Assist team members
- Identify client’s traits and needs
- Editor and typist of my son’s autobiography
Description of My Credentials
I served as editor and typist for my autistic son’s autobiography.
Andy and I plan to publish a second book soon. The new book is a dialog between Andy and me. Andy, in his own words, describes his life from his perspective. I talk about my activities to help him progress from mute autism and social isolation to graduation from the community college with both an AA degree and a certificate of accomplishment in Commercial Art.
I won a prize in a contest offered by the Society of Technical Documentation. I received several awards from my company for both excellence in documentation and service to the greater community.
In my spare time, I write memoirs, essays and a bit of poetry. I have a collection of favorite recipes and plan someday to prepare a cookbook.