DEANNA PICON - YAC FOUNDER
As the parent of a non-verbal, young man with autism, Deanna Picon personally understands the impact of autism on a family. She knows first-hand how heartbreaking a diagnosis of autism can be for parents and the personal struggles that often follow.
But, through her own journey with autism, Deanna also recognizes the special joys, rewarding experiences and unique life gifts which can result from raising a child with special needs.
Deanna established YOUR AUTISM COACH, LLC to help parents successfully meet the distinctive challenges of raising autistic and special needs children. Her company provides a comprehensive program of personalized guidance and support for parents, along with seminars that give parents coping strategies and proven techniques to maintain a healthy, emotional outlook.
Her personal mission is to empower parents as they advocate for their children, while balancing productive work and family lives. Deanna
is the recipient of the 2015 Top Life Coach Writer Award from Autism Parenting Magazine. She is a contributing writer for Autism Parenting Magazine, Exceptional Parent Magazine, Parenting Special Needs Magazine and GRAND Magazine.
Deanna brings over 20 years of professional coaching and management development experience to her work, including roles at major Fortune 500 companies such as McGraw-Hill, American Express and Avon Products. She has coached, trained and advised business professionals from senior executives to individual entrepreneurs and small busines owners.
Her academic credentials include a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Broadcast Journalism from Syracuse University. She is a graduate of the Management Training and Development Diploma Program from New York University's Management Training Institute.