Overland Park, Kan. (Jan. 30, 2014) – Jeff Blackwood, CEO of ABPathfinder, LLC, developer of special education and therapy management solutions, has been elected as the Vice President of the Autism Society—The Heartland. Blackwood will also serve as the state advocacy representative for Kansas to the national Autism Society.
“Being elected to these positions will allow me make a difference in the lives of people affected by autism on a local and national level,” said ABPathfinder CEO and President, Jeff Blackwood. “The Autism Society has a track record for providing current and accurate resources and information to effectively advocate for those impacted by an autism spectrum disorder, and I’m eager to expand my role with the organization.”
According to the Center for Disease Control, 1 in 88 children are diagnosed with autism. It is a complex neurodevelopmental disorder that typically appears during the first three years of life and affects a person’s ability to communicate and interact with others. Blackwood founded ABPathfinder in 2010 to address the new demands placed on therapists and educators.
“ABPathfinder is dedicated to helping therapists and educators provide the best assistance possible to individuals affected by autism,” said Blackwood. “As CEO, I want to contribute to the great work Autism Society—The Heartland does raising awareness about this disorder and collaborate with existing agencies and organizations to address the needs of the autism community.”
Founded in 1965, the Autism Society is the nation’s leading grassroots autism organization. The organization and its local affiliate chapters, like Autism Society—The Heartland, work to increase public awareness about the day-to-day situations faced by people on the spectrum. It also advocates for appropriate services for individuals of all ages and provides the latest information regarding treatment, education and research. The Society maintains a strong nationwide network of affiliates to provide support and grassroots advocacy at local, state and federal levels. For more information on Autism Society—The Heartland visit www.asaheartland.org.
ABPathfinder, LLC develops special education and therapy management solutions that increase the efficiency and effectiveness of special education and autism therapy programs. The cloud-based platform helps educators and therapists craft lesson plans, as well as collect, graph and analyze performance data. By reducing paperwork and administrative tasks, ABPathfinder maximizes the time and effort invested in each child. For more information, visit www.abpathfinder.com.