Thriving Special Families

Autistic and Proud: One Woman's Story

November 04, 2021 Crystal Sanford, M.Ed., M.A. CCC-SLP Season 2 Episode 22
Thriving Special Families
Autistic and Proud: One Woman's Story
Show Notes

Are you parenting an autistic child? Do you wonder what the future holds for them? Can they really thrive in the midst of a diagnosis? Well there is much to learn and hope to be gained from our discussion from autism self-advocate Ayanna Davis (

Ayanna Davis
Phenomenally Autistic Ayanna, is an autism advocate born and raised in Westchester county, New York. Along with having Autism she has survived over 220 seizures, lives with chronic illness and has 2 auto immune disease disorders. But, she doesn't let that stop her from spreading her message of self love, joy and equality. She is an Autism advocate, children's book illustrator- 16 books to date, creator of 4 coloring books for girls to color and so much more!

Crystal Sanford, M.Ed.. M.A. CCC-SLP
Crystal is the owner and director of Sanford Autism Consulting (​), a consulting practice offering IEP advocacy and parent empowerment classes for fellow special needs families throughout the U.S. Crystal specializes in supporting fellow families impacted by Autism, as well as other unique challenges such as learning disabilities and ADHD. To learn more about IEP assistance and help advocating for the special education your child deserves, contact Crystal at

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