Award-Winner. Aspie. Author. Mom.
Jennifer O’Toole is the winner of the Autism Society of America’s 2014 Outstanding Literary Work of the Year, the 2012 Temple Grandin Award, a recipient of GRASP’s 2012 Distinguished Spectrumite Medal, 2012 AuKids Speaker of the Year, and a nominee for the 2012 Autism Society Book Award and Godiva’s Woman of the Year. TV actress/Activist Holly Robinson Peete even listed Jennifer among her “Autism Parent Superstars.”
Most recently, she’s been invited to speak to the President’s Council on Fitness at the White House Summit on Americans with Disabilities…
…and was added to the “Who’s Who” list of International Aspie Mentors — along with Temple Grandin and Stephen Shore – to contribute to Dr. Tony Attwood’s “Been There. Done That. Try This.” anthology. But it’s Jennifer’s unique “have a cup of coffee with me” conversationalist presentation of useful insights which has touched hearts, lightened spirits and even led to the founding of Asperkids, LLC, a multi-media social education company.
O’Toole was diagnosed as an Aspie in adulthood, is the mother of three Asperkids, the wife of an Aspie, an award-winning educator and author of the internationally- celebrated “Asperkids” book series (ALL are Amazon bestsellers):
- Asperkids: An Insider’s Guide to Loving, Understanding and Teaching Children with Asperger Syndrome (2012)
- The Asperkids’ (Secret) Book of Social Rules: The Handbook of Not-So-Obvious Guidelines for Teens and Tweens, (2012)
- The Asperkid’s Launch Pad: Home Design That Empowers Everyday Superheroes (May 2013)
- The Asperkid’s Not-Your-Average-Coloring Book (October 2013)
- The Asperkid’s Game Plan: Purposeful Play, Extraordinary Minds….Ordinary Stuff (April 2014)
- Sisterhood of the Spectrum: An Asperger Chick’s Guide to Life (coming March 2015)
She now keynotes internationally, including for the Autism Society of America’s National Conference, the North American Montessori Teachers’ Association, The National Inclusion Project, the UK’s National Autistic Society, Ireland’s SHINE, Denmark’s Sikon, and at mega conferences alongside Drs. Grandin and Attwood.
Jennifer is one of North Carolina’s “50 Most Influential Women,” a mentor for Yale’s Child Study Center where her books serve as foundational texts, and a member of The Global Montessori Alliance. Her Facebook Fan Page and Asperkids blog have both been chosen by Disney/Babble to the Top 30 Autism Sites in the World.
O’Toole is a featured columnist for Autism Asperger’s Digest and The Australian Autism Asperger’s Network, contributing as well to Autism Spectrum Quarterly, “Special” Magazine and many more. She has been featured by the BBC World Service, NBC, National Public Radio, Autism News Digest’s “Most Amazing Autistic Women,” and “The Guardian,” the United Kingdom’s most widely- circulated newspaper.
O’Toole graduated with honors from Brown University and has since studied at the Graduate School of Social Work at Columbia University and Graduate School of Education at Queens University. Subsequent initiatives with young people garnered her an invitation to serve on North Carolina’s Governor’s Commission on Domestic Violence, and a nomination for Disney’s American Teacher of the Year Award in her first year of teaching.
In response to the overwhelming popularity of her message, she founded Asperkids, LLC, a multimedia social education company that prides itself on clever creativity, useful strategies and relentless positivity.
(Let’s go to the video!)
Charlotte Today’s Host explains why Jennifer was chosen as one of
2014’s “50 Most Influential women.”
Meet her in this brief acceptance speech at the 2012 GRASP DSM Medal Awards — and laugh along!
Unlocking the Precious, Precocious Potential of Kids with Asperger Syndrome