“I’ve been there too, facing a new diagnosis and I wasn’t sure where to turn,” she says. Looking for support for her son with learning challenges, Carolyn attended a Raising Special Kids IEP training and spoke to a Family Support Specialist. She used this information to help advocate for a more appropriate middle school placement for her son after he was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.
Carolyn started volunteering with Raising Special Kids in 2017 and joined the staff in 2018. Her favorite part of her job is talking to parents.
She grew up in Scottsdale and graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in journalism before taking off for New York City. There, she did market research for Conde Nast Publications whose magazines including Vogue and Glamour.
After two years, Carolyn returned to Arizona to stay, missing the dry climate and spectacular sunsets. She settled back into Scottsdale and worked for community newspapers and in communication roles for the National Association of Purchasing Management and Honor Health.
Carolyn's sons are now 18 and 16. Her younger son was diagnosed with high-functioning autism in grade school and was later diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Both times, Carolyn found support and resources through Raising Special Kids.
“Throughout my experiences in looking for support for my son, I remember many individuals who were helpful and supportive to me,” Carolyn says. “I hope to be able to provide that same level of support to other families.”