Tamika is a teacher, actor, writer, speaker and entrepreneur. She was also awarded Today's Inspired Latina Woman of the Year in 2018. Tamika’s interest in autism is personal. Her youngest son was diagnosed with autism in June 2015. Her own experience as a parent of a child with ASD led to the genesis of The Autism Hero Project (AHP). Her hope is that AHP will be the bridge for families who can't access medical insurance for therapies. She believes strongly that no child should should go without therapies because of their families financial status. She also strives to do more than just raise awareness and educate communities about autism. She is an activist for creating a world of inclusion. Her life experience with autism was published in May 2017 in the book Today's Inspired Latina, Volume III.
Jaime is a wife, sales manager and mother to two beautiful and sweet boys. In May of 2018, she received her oldest son's diagnosis and immediately became passionate about helping others and bringing advocacy and awareness to Autism. Inspired by her work and financial support, The Autism Hero Project honored Jaime with the first ever "Philanthropist of the Year Award" in 2019. When Jaime's not playing with her boys, working or managing their household, she enjoys traveling, date nights with her husband, Chris and dinner with her girlfriends. One of Jaime’s favorite sayings is “Meet your child where they are at not where the world expects them to be.”
Jen is a mother of two amazing kids, Abby and Dominic. She also is happily married to her high school sweetheart, Mike. Her son Dominic was diagnosed at age 3 with severe ADHD and PDDNOS. They struggled with their young son’s diagnosis. Jen felt very scared and alone until she got Dominic enrolled into the Early Childhood program in their district. His teacher helped support the family in so many ways. She introduced her to other special needs moms and she met one of her best friends through the program their boys also became best friends. If it wasn’t for the community of special needs parents, She doesn’t know if she would have gotten through it all.
They witnessed first hand how therapies helped so much, that Dominic is now excelling in school. He is also almost a black belt in TaeKwonDo with his sister and plays flag football. His ASD and ADHD are his superpowers! Jen is so glad that they were finally able to embrace his diagnosis over the years and face it head on, because it made all the difference in getting him to where he is today. Jen is looking forward to bringing her experience in fundraising and as an Autism mom to AHP!
Jasmine is a wife and mother to two amazing children. Jasmine’s interest in autism started when her son was diagnosed with ASD in 2018. This inspired her to start working for Autism Home Support Services implementing ABA therapy for children on the spectrum. Jasmine believes that knowledge is power, and many families do not have the knowledge to understand or help their child with autism, so she works to help families gain that power. Jasmine is also currently going to school to become a counselor for mental health and to become a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst.
She is thrilled to be a part of The Autism Hero Project family and their mission that strives to help families impacted by autism.
SYLVIA A. GARCIA
A licensed Realtor since 1994, Member of the Realtors Association of the Fox Valley, Member of the National Association of Realtors, Member of the Hispanic Network Speaks. Sylvia Volunteers with many organizations: Easter Seals, Association of Individual Development and Dundee Rotary with events for special needs children and adults.
The Autism Hero Project is so important to her because she has worked with children most of her entire working life and believes that every child has a voice and should be heard. What captivated her heart most about the organization was when she met a little boy with such a caring and loving heart and who considered her as one of his three grandmothers. Seeing him grow, receiving all the therapies his mother could have him receive and with the continued support of his family, she felt that he truly would be successful in life and this is her hope for all children with Autism or any other special need.
Knowing that The Autism Hero Project is not only raising awareness but are doing all they can to make sure every child regardless of their family’s financial challenges will provide medical insurance for therapies allowing these children the same chances in life as other children makes her honored to be a part of this organization.