About Portia Iversen
Ms. Portia Iversen is the founder of the Innovative Technology for Autism (ITA) and the International Meeting For Autism Research (IMFAR). She is also the co-founder of The Autism Genetic Resource Exchange (AGRE) and The Cure Autism Now Foundation (CAN), which is now part of Autism Speaks. Ms. Iversen’s passion for ASD research began in 1995, shortly after her son was diagnosed with autism. Ms. Iversen has acted as a NIMH grant reviewer as well as serving on public and private research boards. The recipient of many awards and honors, Ms. Iversen shares her knowledge and passion for ASD research through publications, books, and public speaking. Ms. Iversen has developed an online group called Descartes which serves families with nonverbal ASD children. The Rick Weiss Humanitarian Award was given to Ms. Iversen in April 2006. Prior to that she won an Emmy award for her work with The Tracey Ullman Show.