Spotted Zebra Learning Center Executive Director Sheri Townsend.
For Albany-native Sheri Townsend, autism was never an integral part of her life. However, that all changed when the nation’s fastest growing developmental disability hit home. After Sheri and husband Scott welcomed their twins Alex and Mackenzie in 2002; they learned at 18-months Alex was diagnosed on the autism spectrum.
The Townsends quickly recognized that autism is a complex neurodevelopmental disorder that begins typically in early childhood and affects communication skills, social development, and behavior. They also learned from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), around 1 in 68 American children are on the autism spectrum. For the next year, the Townsend family was busy juggling Alex’s early-intervention services from the county and Sheri’s full-time role as the commissioner of Youth and Work Services for the city of Albany.
When Alex was ready for a more... Read More