Lisa Jo Rudy

Lisa Jo Rudy

Writer, Autism Advocate




Wesleyan University, Harvard Divinity School


When my son was very young, I attended a conference where I first heard the word 'joy' associated with autism. That experience changed my way of thinking about my son, and about the 'disabilities' associated with autism. From that day forward, my focus has been on finding and building on strengths and finding opportunities to grow with my child and with others on the autism spectrum.

— Lisa Jo Rudy


Lisa Jo Rudy, MDiv is a current writer for Verywell covering autism. She is the mother of a young adult with autism and has been writing and presenting articles, books, blogs, training materials, and white papers about autism-related topics since 2005. Her work has been featured in publications such as Autism Asperger's Sensory Digest, The New York Times, Autism After 16, Autism Science Foundation, Autism Parenting Magazine, Jessica Kingsley Press, Golden Hat Foundation, Homeschooling News, and Museum News.

Lisa works as a consultant in the field of community inclusion. Her projects include the development of an inclusive YMCA camp program, consulting and presenting on inclusion for museums, zoos, and other cultural organizations, and development of a guide to inclusive after-school care published by and with the Boston Children's Museum. Recent projects include creating training modules on Floortime Therapy with the Stanley Greenspan Foundation and a course on inclusion with Drexel University.

Lisa's work centers around the goal of providing information, support, creative ideas, and innovative opportunities for people with autism and their families. She is dedicated to the belief that patience, flexibility, common sense, and a sense of humor can and should always be valued.


Lisa received a bachelor's degree in humanities from Wesleyan University in 1981, and a master's degree in divinity from Harvard Divinity School in 1984.

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