Bonnie is also the Engagement Specialist for Ukeru Systems, a division of Grafton Integrated Health Systems. Ukeru Systems is the only crisis management system that does not teach restraints, but provides a physical alternative to these. Ukeru provides calm instead crisis in a comforting, trauma informed environment.
When she became the mother of a child with autism, she began to experience the special challenges that parents with special needs children face at home and at work. She founded A Special Space to help children with developmental disabilities and their families.
As Bonnie began to work within the community, she was asked to educate the public about autism. She developed a ground-breaking, experiential learning module called “Experience Autism.” Participants—which have included students at Shepherd University, Shenandoah University, autism specialists, Virginia and West Virginia teachers, students, church groups, and HR professionals—engage in activities that simulate the sensory and communication challenges of those with autism. Bonnie’s philosophy is that through personalizing the experience, true understanding occurs and that true understanding promotes true inclusion.
Bonnie blogs for The Huffington Post. She is a guest writer for Autism NOW and currently serves on their national advisory committee. She has been published in Parenting Magazine’s expose, “I am 1 in 50.” She was also interviewed and quoted in Scholastic’s Parent and Child Magazine article, “5 facts about autism all parents need to know.”
Bonnie has her BS in Psychology with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis and received her SPHR certification in 2000. Bonnie lives in Harpers Ferry, WV with her son, Brendan.