December 12, 2017
Marjorie Madfis, President of Yes She Can Inc., is delighted to announce that Amy Gravino has joined the Board of Directors of Yes She Can Inc., a non-profit dedicated to helping young women with autism spectrum disorders develop the necessary skills for employment and greater independence.
Amy Gravino, M.A., is a Certified Autism Specialist and the president of A.S.C.O.T. Coaching where she offers autism consulting, mentoring, and college coaching services for individuals on the autism spectrum.
“Amy was diagnosed with Autism when she was 11 years old, and so her perspective and skills as a self-advocate will be a huge asset to our organization as well as to our trainees,” said Madfis.
She shares her personal experiences and professional expertise as a national speaker. Amy has given two TED talks and presented to numerous audiences about autism and sexuality; preventing and ending bullying; issues related to girls and autism; growing up on the spectrum; and autism and transitioning to secondary education.
Amy’s writing has been published in a variety of outlets, including the textbook Exceptional Children: An Introduction to Special Education, the Reader’s Digest book The Best Life Stories, “Autism Spectrum Quarterly” magazine, the official blog of Autism Speaks, and more. She is now authoring The Naughty Autie, a memoir of her experiences with dating, relationships, and sexuality from the firsthand perspective of a woman on the autism spectrum. More about Amy at her website.
Amy serves on the Board of Directors of the Golden Door International Film Festival of Jersey City and co-facilitates the Morris County chapter support group meetings for ASPEN-NJ. In March 2017, Amy received the Advocates for Adults with Autism Award from Yes She Can.
Yes She Can Inc. a 501c3 nonprofit organization, founded in 2013 to address the unemployment crisis of adults with autism: only 2 in 10 adults with autism are employed. Yes She Can created and implements a unique job skills development program based on intensive experiential learning in an authentic business setting. The organization operates Girl AGain boutique in White Plains, NY, where trainees are coached by clinical professionals and prepare and sell used American Girl dolls and accessories while learning business processes, workplace social interactions and emotional regulation.
Contact: Marjorie Madfis