There’s a new leader at the Great Lakes Collaborative for Autism. Renee Palacios started as Executive Director in September and is excited to follow her passion of connecting with other parents who have children on the Autism Spectrum. “Taking that first step to have the evaluation done is daunting, overwhelming,” Palacios said. “I feel tremendously blessed to have been chosen to lead the Great Lakes Collaborative for Autism. I now can help serve families like ours, families desperate for guidance, hope and resources. I’ve been there. I know the isolation and frustration. I am now in a position to help shape the future and care for the 1 in 59 children diagnosed with Autism, and their families!”
The organization conducted an expansive Northwest Ohio Needs Assessment last year to understand what parents, families, professionals and individuals affected by autism really need and want. Using the results, the Great Lakes Collaborative for Autism is working to create programs and services while empowering and strengthening others to best serve people with autism.