About Karen Simmons
She is the face of the newly evolving special needs community, shining new light on the special needs of others.
A gemologist by trade, Karen came to the autism world through her son who was diagnosed at the
age of two-and-a-half. At the time she heard the news that he would be supposedly institutionalized, she was not going to have any part of it. She immediately set out on a path to change
things for him, his peers, family, and those that surrounded him.
Karen was born in the United States of America, and was n the U.S. Air Force, so you might say determination was her middle name. She traveled from the time she was a youngster, as her mother worked for Pan Am and made fast friends in every country. Her father was an aeronautical engineer who jumped from job to job, including companies like Lockheed, Boeing, Sweringen Aviation, and Piper Aircraft.
Karen had seven children and raised six of them. Two are neurodistinct and one happens to be autistic, so that’s what brought her to found Autism Today, the first online information and resource center for autism in 1998 being the Internet Entrepreneur of the Year through Multiple Streams of Income in 2003, a Program through Robert Allen and Mark Hansen, a Chicken Soup founder.
Karen has written 14 books, hosted 73 conferences including the most recent World Autism Summit with the intent to move the needle of understanding and support for those with autism and neurodiversity fastest way possible globally.