A Little Bit About Us

Tyler McNamer is an author and motivational speaker. Although he was diagnosed with autism at the age of 2, he learned to overcome his challenges and embrace the unique perspective he could offer the world. It is this attitude that makes him a role model, particularly for those with autism or who may be perceived as being different. As Tyler puts it, I have been blessed with autism my entire life. I have chosen to accept my label of autism not as a disability, but as an extraordinary ability. Knowing that this viewpoint could help those who struggle with being different, Tyler decided to write a book to inspire others. At the age of 17, he published Population One: Autism, Adversity, and the Will to Succeed. This remarkable book details Tyler s life with autism while encouraging others to overcome their own challenges and accomplish their dreams.

Having emerged as an up-and-coming voice in the autism community, he entertains thousands of people at schools and organizations all over the country as a motivational speaker.  He also provides content for his website Autismworks.com.

Since the writing of Population ONE, Tyler and his Dad have had the privilege of meeting thousands of people affected by autism. They have been touched by the heartfelt comments, and hundreds of thousands of "likes" of the Population ONE video.

Population ONE was to be the beginning of something special.  As Tyler and his Father traveled across the country, they met the most incredible people;  Mothers, fathers, teachers, grandparents, doctors, clinicians, school administrators, social workers, adults with autism, children with autism, all sorts of people with the most amazing stories, each having unique talents and abilities.  

They noticed that when people came together, began to communicate, shared their experiences, utilized their unique abilities and stories to help another person, amazing things started to happen.  Breakthroughs were experienced, hope was regained, and progress was made.  The impossible, in an instant, became possible again.  They experienced this phenomenon at every venue they spoke at.  

So they started to work on a business model that would deliver a similar experience online so that everyone in the world could share, connect, and benefit.  A website, and member experience, that will improve the lives of those affected by autism by delivering strength, support, and education.  The result is this website www.autismworks.com.

A Passionate Team

"Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much."

Tyler McNamer

Founder AutismWorks

Tyler McNamer is an author and motivational speaker. Although he was diagnosed with autism at the age of 2, he learned to overcome his challenges and embrace the unique perspective he could offer the world. It is this attitude that makes him a role model, particularly for those with autism or who may be perceived as being different.

As Tyler puts it, I have been blessed with autism my entire life, I have chosen to accept my label of autism not as a disability, but as an extraordinary ability. Knowing that this viewpoint could help those who struggle with being different.

At the age of 17, he published Population One: Autism, Adversity, and the Will to Succeed. This remarkable book details Tyler s life with autism while encouraging others to overcome their own challenges and accomplish their dreams.

 


Jody McNamer

Co-Founder AutismWorks

Jody McNamer, otherwise known at "Tyler's Dad", is a father and autism advocate providing support and "perspective" for Tyler and his company Autismworks.

He provides and information to the Autism community by speaking publicly and coaching privately. His mission is to help everyone with autism to recognize that they have unique abilities, and once those abilities are identified, they can be used to provide extraordinary benefit to the world. 

Jody believes that persons with autism can make significant progress when they have a support framework that includes sensory integration, positive focus, unique ability identification, and a life long plan of learning. He has profound respect for those caring for someone with autism, and recognizes that each persons circumstance is unique, presenting distinct challenges.

His goal is to encourage, provide education, and share his unique perspective as a father of a child with autism, while supporting Tyler in his life journey.

He can be contacted at [email protected]

 


Kristina Tindall

Tyler's Mom

Tyler was diagnosed with ASD when he was three years old and was non-verbal until the age of five. He maintained an Individualized Education Program throughout his school years and received a lot of support both inside and outside the classroom. Despite the challenges and setbacks, Tyler was able to graduate high school as a top rated international author who speaks about autism in the first persons perspective.

As a mother I am passionate about making autism more workable for everyone affected, including parents, care givers, grand parents, and educators.
Tyler and I live together in Washington State and we enjoy traveling, snow skiing, and spending time with family and friends.

 

Brigid Rankowski

Artist, Educator, and Advocate

Brigid obtained a Master’s Degree from Nova Southeastern University after attending undergrad at Cornell College in Iowa. She holds positions on state and national boards including the Healthcare Transitions Research Network for Autism Spectrum Disorders, Felicity House’s Self Advocate Advisory Board, Autistic Adults and other Stakeholders Engage Together, and Autism Society of Maine. She taught the Autistic Global Initiative’s online course for several years, which was the first program of its kind to be created by individuals on the autism spectrum.

Brigid continues to present both nationally and internationally on multiple issues facing the disability community. She is currently working to start a non-profit to teach children and adults with disabilities circus arts and has worked with the Maine Arts Commission on this mission. When not doing advocacy work, she is a licensed fire performer helping promote safe practices across Maine and New England.

More information about her work can be found at www.ARoadToMe.com and www.WayWeMove.org


Beth Hedrick

Educator and Contributing Writer

Beth has been a teacher for 23 years. She is married to Todd and is the proud mother of two young adults, including Landon, who has autism. She has dedicated much of her life to learning more about this unique ability.

Her son, Landon, has come such a long way in many areas of development and will begin his college career very soon. Her other son, Aaron, has been a lifelong mentor for Landon.

She lives in a small town in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. She loves spending time with family, reading, walking her Basset Hound, and helping others who have loved ones with autism. She believes that lifelong learning is very important, and not only is she a lifelong learner in the field of education and freelance writing, but in the area of autism as well.

Angela Conrad

Author, Autism Advocate, Speaker, and Mother.

Angela Conrad is a former special education teacher, author, freelance writer, autism advocate, speaker, and mother.  Her degree lead to years of experience with special needs children before she had her own. Her oldest son, Trenton, has severe autism. Her youngest son, Andrew, has high functioning autism.  Angela freely shares her story of trials, struggles, courage, and blessings on her autism journey with her sons. Angela has a passion to share her knowledge and to help other parents on their journey.

Angela is the author of, Two Brothers One Journey: The Loving, Courageous Struggles of an Autism Mom.  In her book, Angela shares her journey of ups and downs while educating others on what their journey might entail.

Today, Angela resides in Indiana with her two young sons.


Awais M.

Administrator AutimsWorks 

A Competent administrative professional with a demonstrated history of working in the online or local computer industry.

Skilled in Adobe Design Programs, Website design and management, and tech support. Strong engineering and design professional. 

Proven ability to create and deliver solutions tied to business growth, organizational development and systems/network optimization. Skilled problem identifier and troubleshooter comfortable managing systems, projects and teams in a range of IT environments.

For any issues/help, you can reach him at: [email protected]


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