About the author
Cassie Zupke is the mother of three wonderful teenaged children, who, between them, have mild autism, ADHD, and physical impairments. They are also chronic geeks, just like their parents. When her children were young, Cassie could find no one who could explain to her what “high-functioning autism” was or how she could help her son make it through the school day. Five long, hard years later, she found a special-education teacher who knew why her son did what he did and could teach him to navigate the world better. Cassie decided she didn’t want other parents and teachers to have to face the same frustrations and worries that she had. Cassie founded Open Doors Now, a nonprofit education and support group for students with mild autism, their families, and educators, and she serves as its director. In the past 10 years, Open Doors Now has educated thousands of parents, teachers, administrators, and other professionals about autism and how it affects our children and young adults. Owing to the hard work and dedication of the incredible volunteers at Open Doors Now, hundreds of kids have found friends, learned a few social skills, and had a lot of fun.