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SARRC Self-Advocate Advisory Board: ‘What Autism Awareness and Acceptance Month Means to Us’

(From Left to Right: Bodie Bernosky, Lindsey Eaton and Amanda Patterson)

SARRC’s Self-Advocate Advisory Board (SAAB) is a group of self-advocates who advise SARRC leadership on research, programs, clinical services, and marketing and communication efforts, to ensure individuals with autism and their interests are represented in how SARRC advances its vision, mission, and strategic plan on behalf of the autism community. 

To mark Autism Awareness & Acceptance Month, SAAB members were invited to share their perspectives through a brief Q&A.

Bodie Bernosky »

Bodie joined SARRC’s SAAB  in 2021 as a founding member. He is currently a senior at Gateway Academy, where he is a member of the swim team.

Learn more about Bodie, what autism awareness and acceptance means to him, how we can build more inclusive communities, and more here » 

Lindsey Eaton »

Meet Lindsey, the newest member of SARRC’s SAAB. She is currently an Office Assistant at Christ Lutheran School and a LOPES Academy Alumni Relations Specialist at Grand Canyon University. 

Hear from Lindsey on her passion for advocating for those with autism and what she has to say on how communities support those with autism, and more here » 

Amanda Patterson »

Amanda is a Customer Service Representative at Peckham Inc., a nonprofit community vocational rehabilitation organization that provides a wide range of opportunities to maximize potential for those striving for independence and self-sufficiency. 

Learn more about Amanda, what she has discovered about herself, personal goals she’s most proud of since joining the board, and more here » 

Members of SARRC’s SAAB pose for a photo in front of SARRC’s 18th Street campus sign.

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