To honor her commitment and dedication to the autism spectrum disorders (ASD) field, Antioch University New England’s Shelley Viles, was presented with the Doug Flutie, Jr. Award on April 7. Shelley, a parent of a teen with Asperger’s Syndrome, is the founding director of the Autism Spectrum Disorders Certificate Program at Antioch New England. Laurie Flutie, co-founder of the Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism, announced the award at the Children Making Strides 2009 Autism Update Conference this week.
“We are honored to present our annual Doug Flutie, Jr. Award to Shelley,” noted Lisa Borges, executive director of the foundation. “Shelley is passionate, dedicated, and we hope she continues to inspire others through her wonderful work in the autism community.” The Flutie Foundation presents the award yearly to a person who has shown great commitment and dedication to raising awareness of autism spectrum disorders (ASD), or who has made a significant impact in the lives of individuals with autism.
According to Katherine Clarke, professor and chair of ANE’s Department of Applied Psychology, Shelley’s great strength is to bring together leaders with diverse approaches to working with people on the autism spectrum, with professionals who are hungry to learn. “Her leadership in growing the number of well-trained teachers, counselors, and other therapists in New England,” said Katherine, “has transformed the landscape for people in need of these essential services.”
Shelley is an ANE Department of Organization & Management alum who graduated in 1994 with an MS in Organizational Leadership and Management.