Autism Speaks National Conference for Families and Professionals
1st Annual Autism Investment Conference
26 July 26 - July 27, 2013
The Hilton Columbus at Easton Columbus, Ohio

Confirmed Speakers

Karla Garcia Diaz photo

Karla Garcia Diaz

Family Advisory Committee Member

Autism Treatment Network

My name is Karla Garcia Diaz, I’m a bilingual Mom, raising 3 daughters (6 , 3 and 2 years old).  Maya, the eldest, has Autism, along with Crohn’s Disease, Asthma and countless food allergies.  I’m passionate about the quality of life for my family.  To that end I’m now committed to promoting family centered care, creating a culture that values family/peer to peer support, inclusion and reaching out to ethnic communities regarding participation in research.  My professional experience in medical research (14 years), has given me expertise advocating and recruiting within the Latino population.  My skillset includes running clinical trials, research administration, grants management, budgeting, etc.   


I’m currently involved in several organizations:  1) ATN/AIR-P Family Advisory Board – Executive Committee; 2)  AS National Conference 2012/2013 Planning Committee; 3) CHLA Boone Fetter Clinic Family Advisory Board; 4) Frank D. Lanterman Regional Center (FDLRC) Peer Support Partner and Policy and Services Committee Member; 5) Pasadena Unified School District Board of Education Parent Advocate; 6)  PUSD CAC member; 7)  USC “Interacting with Autism” website.  Additionally, I am a family support trainee in the California Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities Program at the USC University for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities.  


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