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How We Got Started

Let’s Talk About it: The Autism Center was founded in 2018.

But its origins actually began in 1995, with the birth of our founder, La Becky Roe’s son, Christopher.

Diagnosed with Autism at age 3, medical professionals predicted Christopher wouldn’t be able to recognize his parents. La Becky did not accept that prognosis, however, and devoted her life to being an advocate for her son.

Christopher’s ‘village’ of family, teachers, counselors, therapists, and advocates learned early on the value of focusing on his different abilities versus any disabilities.

Recognizing that music was Christopher’s gift, his Mom made sure to nurture this natural talent. Playing to his innate gifts, the entire village was able to maximize Christopher’s verbal, social, and life skills.

As a result, this young man not only recognizes his parents – he is able to engage with the world around him. He successfully navigated mainstream primary, middle, and high school, attended college classes, and contributes to society as a volunteer for the Charlotte Mecklenberg library.

A nurturer by nature, La Becky felt called to share her hard-won experiences and expertise with other parents raising children with ASD.

She recognized that the structured environment that aids kids like Christopher to thrive during their formative years was just as critical – but far less available – as they enter adulthood, La Becky identified a gap in the social safety net that she could help fill.

Let’s Talk About It: The Autism Center provides a sustained support system for people age 17+ who are facing adulthood with high-functioning autism (HFA).

To meet Chris…he’d like to share his journey so far… 

 What We Do

Let’s Talk About It: The Autism Center provides the following resources and services for young adults 17+ and their caregivers, as well as information and advocacy with the larger Charlotte community and surrounding areas.

Young Adults (17+)

By the time they reach adolescence, most HFA young people have overcome tremendous odds and exceeded the expectations of many of the professionals who diagnosed their condition.

To help them prepare for a rich, abundant life, we provide a safe, nurturing environment in which to master:

  • Socialization skills- eye contact, maintaining conversations, and personal etiquette
  • Educational skills: reading, writing, and critical thinking
  • Life skills– problem-solving, money management, safety
  • Emotional skills–  self-acceptance, mood/emotion regulation methods, and self-positivity
  • Sensory Regulation – managing reactions to crowds, lights, colors, etc.
Families/Caregivers

Let’s Build a Village

Many people with HFA go on to lead rich, abundant lives.

However, most people who thrive were supported by a strong network of advocates and caregivers.

Knowing first-hand the unique stress this level of advocacy can bring, we believe in providing the same level of support  for the family members, caregivers, and allies in our community by providing:

  • Advocacy, resources, and a sustained support system for the families and loved ones of our HFA clients
  • Understanding, assistance, information, and encouragement from a like-minded community
  • Information about available social, educational, and public service systems
  • Educational rights and resources, like Independent Education Plans (IEP)
Community Outreach

While the success of high-profile people living with HFA, like Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, as well as movies and television shows featuring characters with ASD, more people are becoming aware of the experiences of people living on the spectrum.

However, it remains critical that the needs and experiences of people with ASD are better understood by the general population.

Let’s Talk About It: The Autism Center seeks to bridge the gap between the ASD community and the general population by providing information, perspective, and awareness about the experience of people living with ASD via:

  • Workshops, seminars, and presentations to educate people in positions of influence – police officers, educators, hiring managers, etc. – about the unique perceptions, challenges, and abilities of people living with ASD
  • The Autism In Color Podcast – addresses specific experiences of people of color living with ASD

Who We Are

 

La Becky Roe

Founder and Executive Director

After years devoted to advocating for her son, Christopher, La Becky Roe felt called to use her years of experience working in elementary and secondary classrooms,

She returned to school and earned a Graduate Certificate in Autism Across the Lifespan from George Mason University and founded Let’s Talk About It: The Autsim Center.

To ensure Let’s Talk About It: The Autism Center is structured to provide the best possible developmental opportunities, Ms. Roe enlisted a Board of Directors with relevant experience to help develop appropriate services and programs.

 

Jennifer Briggs

Jennifer Briggs

Board Member

MS, Special Education

UNC Charlotte’s Cato College of Education Alum

20+ years of experience in education

Raymond White

Raymond White

CFO/Board Member

BS, Accounting

Tennessee State University Alum

25+ years of experience in financial services

Alicia Adams

Alicia Adams

Board Member

BS in Psychology

?? Alum

14+ years experience in Education.

Alvina Johnson

Alvina Johnson

Board Member

BS, Business Administration

University of South Carolina Alum

20+ years experience in Project Management and Entrepreneurship 

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Chavon M. Robinson

Chavon M. Robinson

Board Member

LCSW-C, MS Ed

The University of New York at Brooklyn College Alum

18+ years experience providing mental health/counseling services 

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