Maria Gutierrez

Maria Gutierrez profile pictureI am a Co-founder and a Vice-President of Lee County Autism Resource & Advocacy, a volunteer based Non- Profit Organization that assists families by  “Bridging the Gap” with resources, workshops and support for families affected by autism spectrum disorders in Lee County, Alabama. Autism is very close to my heart, my son, who is 16 years old has Autism; over the years, this has provided me with a unique and personal perspective about the disorder.

Prior to moving to Auburn in November 2012, I lived in California with my family, where I was very active with different local organizations. I worked in the capacity of Family Support Provider for the Family Focus Resource Center in 2011 and 2012. The California Department of Developmental Services and the California Department of Education fund this Agency. They provide education and training for parents of children with disabilities and special educational needs.

Aside from being a parent mentor, I also represented special needs parents within the Special Education Community Advisory Committee where I participated as a parent representative on a panel that reviewed the Request for Proposals for mental health services. I have a special interest in reaching out to under-served communities and to families affected by autism.

I was born and raised in Mexico. I moved to California in 1991 and married Juan Gutierrez. I have 3 children. My future goals are to bring more resources for the families and to Lee County Autism Resource & Advocacy a Legacy for the many families that have a love one with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.