About the Author

Mary E. Harrison

About the Author

Mary E. Harrison

Mary is a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from Columbia University. Her career path included working for several Fortune 500 companies. She then transitioned to Director of Communications with an International relief organization where she travelled worldwide with first responders providing emergency medical supplies. But by far the most daunting part of her journey has been preparing her son Jewels, who has autism, to gain the skills needed to navigate daily living and to develop his exceptional musical gifts that were masked by the many challenges associated with autism.
Mary’s journey with Jewels and the special needs community intensified as he became a young adult. She is an Autism advocate, an entrepreneur, an author, and a speaker. Her mission is to provide hope and information for parents of children on the spectrum to let them know they are not alone. Raising a child with Autism is hard. No one tells you it gets even harder when they become adults.

Book Published by the author

About the Book

Autism Grows Up...
Then What

Mary, like so many parents of children diagnosed with autism, had her plans for her son’s life up-ended. She learned first-hand that her son’s sensory issues, his problems in communicating and his lack of relational skills served as roadblocks that hid his natural talents and hindered his emotional and social development. But Mary also learned that with planning and perseverance many of Jewels’ difficulties could steadily be surmounted. This book highlights several common-sense strategies Mary used over the years to provide the direction and support that her son needed to navigate his world as he matured into adulthood. By recognizing and focusing on your child’s strengths, you can build a pathway that leads to measurable improvement at many different levels.