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I am passionate about sharing my insights about what goes on in supporting the autism and disability communities. I love to use my notions to be innovative on how our society could possibly contribute to these groups by addressing critical needs with compassion and empathy. (Description Image Credit Goes to The Blue Diamond Gallery- "Autism Wooden Tile Images").

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ABOUT RYAN LITCHFIELD

Brief Overview of Ryan’s Voice Website

As an autism and disability self-advocate with educational, personal, and professional experiences in working with the autism and aging communities, Ryan is passionate in helping individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to work on and pursue their personal and professional goals, as well as promote autism awareness. Ryan also brings personal and educational experience about thyroid disease in order to educate and make the public aware of this specific disease.

Ryan’s background features 7+ years of public speaking, disability, and health advocacy across many communities within central Massachusetts as well as some experience in human resources and administration; human services planning; information and referral; outreach; and case management.

Degrees and Certifications:

  • Bachelor of the Arts Degree, Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies, Assumption College, Worcester, MA
  • Certificate in Aging Services, Career and Continuing Education Department, Assumption College, Worcester, MA

Professional Experience:

  • Home Care Case Manager- Elder Services of Worcester, Worcester, MA
  • Court Service Center Intern- Worcester District Court, Worcester, MA
  • State Home Care Case Aide and Receptionist- Montachusett Home Care, Leominster, MA
  • Administrative Assistant- Behavioral Concepts Inc., Worcester, MA
  • Administrative Assistant Intern- Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging- Worcester, MA
  • Work Study Student- Worcester Institute for Senior Education (WISE)- Assumption College- Worcester, MA
  • Undergraduate Intern- HMEA’s Autism Resource Central (original location at time of internship was in West Boylston, MA, but now the organization has moved to Worcester, MA)

 Community Advocacy:

  • Wachusett Special Education Parent Advisory Council- Public Speaker and Disability Advocate for Schools
  • HMEA’s Autism Resource Central- Advisory Board Member
  • A list of some of the communities and agencies Ryan has spoken to about autism and disability awareness and advocacy:
    • Paxton Police Department
    • Assumption College
    • Central Massachusetts Collaborative
    • HMEA’s Autism Resource Central
    • Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS)
    • Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance 

 

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