Lisa Jo Rudy is the parent of a child with an autism spectrum disorder and a professional writer. Since 2003, Lisa has been a leader in public education on the subject of autism in the community. In 2005, she worked with the YMCA to create a unique, inclusive summer camp program for children with autism. In 2006, she became the About.com  Guide to Autism, writing hundreds of articles and blogs about the topic of autism for the New York Times Company website. Also in 2006, she presented a workshop to the Association of Science-Technology Museums on the topic “Welcoming Kids Who Learn Differently.” Her book Get Out, Explore and Have Fun: How Families of Children with Autism or Asperger Syndrome Can Get the Most Out of Community Activities  (Jessica Kingsley Publishers) was published in 2010, and she presented that year on the same topic for the Autism Society of America. An article on museum access for families with autistic children appeared in the March/April 2011 edition of the American Association of Museum’s trade publication, Museum Magazine. Since then, Lisa has consulted on autism inclusion to several major museums in New England and the Mid-Atlantic. Lisa is delighted to be taking part in Autism After 16.