Autism Parenting Magazine Issue 74 (Member's Dashboard) - Page 59

AUTISM ADVOCACY VIBRANT MOM SHARES HER STRENGTH WITH OTHER AUTISM FAMILIES AUTISM WARRIOR: Julie Hornok Learn the dynamic ways Julie Hornok has changed the landscape for families affected by autism by bringing them together for support. A uthor of United in Autism: Finding Strength Inside the Spectrum, fore- word by Temple Grandin (release September 2018). She is the found- er of United in Autism and a board member of the National Autism As- sociation of North Texas. LOCATION: Dallas, Texas ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Through the National Autism Association of North Texas, Julie devel- oped a Moms’ Night Out event encouraging moms to come out of their isolation and be pampered with other moms walking the same journey. It was a huge success and is now a yearly event. By working together with autism charities, pro- viders, and sponsors, United in Autism is taking this event to cities across the nation. Julie says autism affects every race, religion, and ethnicity bringing people together whose paths might not have otherwise crossed. There is an instant bond because they are all going through the same struggle together, she says. Julie interviewed inspirational autism parents all over the world to see how they were able to rise above the worst autism has to offer. No matter where they lived or what their circum- stances were, each parent gained the same in- sight that led her/him to find strength within the spectrum. Julie complied 30 of their stories into the book, United in Autism, to encourage other parents to reach out of their isolation Autism Parenting Magazine | Issue 74 | 59