- Anthony Ray
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Autism in Color is a subsidiary of Let's Talk About It, founded by LaBecky Roe.
Let’s Talk About it: The Autism Center was founded in 2018.
But its origins actually began in 1995, with the birth of our founder, La Becky Roe’s son, Christopher.
Diagnosed with Autism at age 3, medical professionals predicted Christopher wouldn’t be able to recognize his parents. La Becky did not accept that prognosis, however, and devoted her life to being an advocate for her son.
Christopher’s ‘village’ of family, teachers, counselors, therapists, and advocates learned early on the value of focusing on his different abilities versus any disabilities.
Recognizing that music was Christopher’s gift, his Mom made sure to nurture this natural talent. Playing to his innate gifts, the entire village was able to maximize Christopher’s verbal, social, and life skills.
As a result, this young man not only recognizes his parents – he is able to engage with the world around him. He successfully navigated mainstream primary, middle, and high school, attended college classes, and contributes to society as a volunteer for the Charlotte Mecklenberg library.
A nurturer by nature, La Becky felt called to share her hard-won experiences and expertise with other parents raising children with ASD.
She recognized that the structured environment that aids kids like Christopher to thrive during their formative years was just as critical – but far less available – as they enter adulthood, La Becky identified a gap in the social safety net that she could help fill.
Let’s Talk About It: The Autism Center provides a sustained support system for people age 17+ who are facing adulthood with high-functioning autism (HFA).
La Becky Roe, a retired NYPD Police Officer and founder of Let’s Talk About It: The Autism Center has years of experience both working within the system and advocating for the rights of her son, Chris.
Combining these experiences, she has successfully partnered with local organizations and stakeholders to provide information and insight into the needs, perspectives, and challenges of people living with ASD.
Autism in Color is giving a voice to people of Color who have Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or have loved ones with Autism. We are giving them a space to share their unique experiences, challenges, and triumphs, because Autism comes in all Colors.
Autism in Color airs on HBCUiRadio (bit.ly/HBCUiRadio) and HBCU Smart TV ( Amazon Fire TV, Roku and HBCUSmartTV.com/watch-live) on Sunday afternoons at 6pm ET and Mondays at 7pm ET. For more information about Autism in Color, please visit: