Lisa Jo Rudy

Lisa Jo Rudy

Autism Advocate, Author




Harvard Divinity School, Wesleyan University



Lisa Jo Rudy, MDiv, is the mother of a young adult with autism and has been writing and presenting articles, books, blogs, training materials, and white papers about autism-related topics since 2005. Her work has been featured in publications such as Autism Asperger's Sensory Digest, The New York Times, Autism After 16, Autism Science Foundation, Autism Parenting Magazine, Jessica Kingsley Press, Golden Hat Foundation, Homeschooling News, and Museum News.

Lisa works as a consultant in the field of community inclusion. Her projects include the development of an inclusive YMCA camp program, consulting and presenting on inclusion for museums, zoos, and other cultural organizations, and development of a guide to inclusive after-school care published by and with the Boston Children's Museum. Recent projects include creating training modules on Floortime Therapy with the Stanley Greenspan Foundation and a course on inclusion with Drexel University.

Lisa's work centers around the goal of providing information, support, creative ideas, and innovative opportunities for people with autism and their families. She is dedicated to the belief that patience, flexibility, common sense, and a sense of humor can and should always be valued.


Lisa received a bachelor's degree in humanities from Wesleyan University in 1981, and a master's degree in divinity from Harvard Divinity School in 1984.

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