About Karen Simmons

CEO, Founder, AutismToday.com Co-Author, Chicken Soup for the Soul, Children with Special Needs

Karen is the Founder and CEO of Autism Today, the first online information and resource center for autism worldwide. She brings over twenty years of expertise to the organization having created over 14 publications including “Chicken Soup for the Soul, Children with Special Needs” and gold medal award winning “The Official Autism 101 Manual”. 

She has hosted sixty-nine conferences in both the biomedical and behavioral autism and special needs space and is deeply rooted in the autism community worldwide. As a parent to six children, two on the spectrum, she strongly believes in manifesting miracles for the global community in a very big way.

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After many years of intent focus on the autism community, gemology, the non- profit world she founded, as well as 6 her children, Karen has realized her gifts are prolific writing, creating content and being a visionary. 

She loves to help people get on the right autism track with the right attitude and believes strongly in the healing power of love and letting go of fear.

She does individual and public consulting, webinars, courses.  Book your FREE 15 MINUTE online consultation with her today through her personal website.

About Karen Simmons

Published works

Autism and Tomorrow: The Complete Guide to Helping Your Child Thrive in the Real World

Autism and Tomorrow is a comprehensive resource that addresses many parents’ questions pertaining to their child with autism, such as financial planning, long-term care, employment options, and employer relationships, community resources, education, bullying, puberty, doctor visits, sex, nutrition, fitness, family relationships, and more.

Artism: Art By Those With Autism

It is designed not only to inspire those who are on the autism spectrum, but all of its readers to share our uncommon experiences and our unique gifts with the world.  It is a model designed to shed new light onto the all-too often misunderstood world of autism.  In this first-of-its-kind art collection, we present the mind’s eve view of individuals with autism from around the world, from ages 4 to 53. Their colorful, brilliant, often lonely worlds come to life in diverse portraits; elegant line drawings, muted watercolors, vibrant temperas, and confident acrylics.

Autism From The Soul (Only available as a thank you gift after getting Autism Today membership)

A CD to help people discover the uniqueness and joy of having a person with autism in their lives with amazing true-life stories from both a mother’s perspective as well as an adult with autism. Also helps people understand some of the signs, symptoms and challenges those with autism have.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Children with Special Needs

A virtual alphabet soup of physical and mental disabilities is prevalent in today’s world. From ADHD to visual impairments, from autism to paralysis, 20 percent of the U.S. population has some form of special need. Multiply that number by the families, friends, teachers, caregivers, and others whose daily lives are intertwined with theirs and it becomes obvious that most of us are in some way touched by someone with a mental or physical disability. “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Children with Special Needs: Stories of Love and Understanding for Those Who Care for Children with Disabilities are truly remarkable, inspiring stories of support, understanding and triumph that tug at the heartstrings of anyone who reads them.  This powerful testament to the love and strength of families, the dedication and promise of teachers and caregivers, offer tremendous resiliency and hope for all. Excellent as a gift book or parenting and teachers support resource.  Truly these stories are candid and personal and as unique and special as the children they celebrate.

Little Rainman: Autism Through the Eyes of a Child

A poignant story of autism told through the eyes of a child with autism—Karen Simmons’ young son, Jonathan. This book of pictures serves as an illustration of what autism really is like for someone living with it. The pictures reveal a true portrait of how an autistic child thinks visually and perceives his world.

Peace of Mind For Autism (CD)

A series of positive affirmations is provided for parents, teachers and professionals caring for those with autism, as well as for autistic people. It raises self-esteem and provides peace and tranquility in trying situations. It also includes a 22-minute relaxing meditation.

Surrounded by Miracles

This is the story of a woman who overcame great odds of survival. It’s a story told by the loved ones of Karen Summons, retelling her near-death experience in an emotional and uplifting manner. Following the birth of her sixth child, Simmons almost died, and was given less than a one percent chance to live.  She was even given her last rites.  The hospital staff referred to her at the “Miracle Lady.”

The Autism Experience: Stories of Hope and Love

This award-winning anthology is a compilation of stories, articles, and poems with universal appeal, containing messages of hope and love, from parents and siblings of autistic children, professionals who treat and counsel the autistic, and those afflicted with autism.  Sharing these inspirational stories offers a positive base of compassion and understanding.

The Official Autism 101 Manual

Award winning simplistic, yet comprehensive summary of what 44 top experts in the field explain autism and what to do about it so the novice can understand and respond.  It’s a great beginning tool for parents, professionals, educators, community members and those with ASD.

Autism in Lockdown: Expert Tips and Insights on Coping with the COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic lockdown, schedule changes, safety protocols, and school closings have added unique challenges to everyone’s lives. But even more so for individuals on the autism spectrum and their families.