After getting through the initial shock of her son's autism diagnosis, Tammy focused her attention and energy on finding help for her child. Despite her determination, the search for treatments was complicated and frustrating, and Tammy found herself confused and lost. Finding the right help for her son required a tremendous amount of time and resources. But Tammy eventually discovered that there is an extensive network of well-qualified professionals, locally and nationally, who are ready to take on the challenge of treating children with autism.
Tammy decided she wanted to share her experiences in order to help provide a roadmap for other families of children who are affected by autism. Her goal was to help make the journey for other families a little easier. With the support of family and friends, Tammy created KNOWAutism Foundation to increase autism awareness and to help families affected by autism by providing education and resources.
Tammy charged into unfamiliar territory; forming a non-profit organization, promoting awareness, and fundraising for her new cause. Although shefaced many challenges and obstacles in the beginning, she was blessed with a supportive spouse, encouraging friends, supportive family, and a group of well-qualified professionals who were willing to commit their time and expertise to get the Foundation off the ground. Since its start in 2013, KNOWAutism Foundation has grown tremendously and continues to seek greater opportunities to change the lives of children and families impacted by autism.