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Published:May 28th, 2006 11:40 EST

Judyth Piazza chats with Karen Simmons, Founder of Autism Today

By Judyth Piazza CEO (Editor)


Karen Simmons is the founder of Autism Today, the number one resource site for Autism.

Karen is the mother of six children. Jonathon Sicoli, her fourth child, was diagnosed with PDD and autism; Alex Sicoli, her sixth child, was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsey. Kimberly, Matthew, Christina, and Stephen round out her motherhood experience with their own gifts and eccentricities. Needless to say, Karen is a busy woman!

In addition to Autism Today, Karen founded two other active organizations: Canadian Autism Resources and Events (, which hosts Canada`s Keys To The Treasure Chest conferences on autism and Aspergers (; and The KEEN Education Foundation, a non-profit which strives to fund educational resources for families with exceptional needs.

Karen Simmons is the author of Little Rainman: Autism Through The Eyes Of A Child to help Jonathon better understand his autism and explain his uniqueness to others.

After a near-death experience in 1993, Karen wrote a book called Surrounded By Miracles, as told by the family and friends who supported her through the   crisis.

Karen`s Peace of Mind For Autism CD, 2002, presents a gentle series of guided visualizations for individuals on the autistic spectrum, their families, caregivers, and teachers. Karen compiled responses to her invitation for submissions from the Autism Today online community into two distinctive books: The Autism Experience: Stories of Hope and Love, 2003, and Artism: Art By Those With Autism, 2004, which received the Global Book Publishers Award immediately upon its release!

Karen Simmons is active worldwide in promoting a deeper and more personal understanding of autism and Asperger`s Syndrome. She is involved with Toastmasters International to keep her at "the top of her game" in her international presentations. She has been featured in international publications such as Woman`s World.