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Christina Abernethy

A dedicated wife and mother of three from Sewickley, Christina Abernethy has evolved as a passionate activist for individuals and families impacted by disabilities. With her own family being touched by multiple diagnoses including autism, she has coordinated events for local and national charitable organizations to fund research, support services and even service dogs for families like hers. She has served on a local walk committee, participated in a local gala, coached a special needs cheerleading team, and has won awards for successful fundraising endeavors including those for “Team Bubba” created in honor of her son with autism. Christina has focused on public speaking, legislative advocacy and providing compassionate support to other parents and caregivers. She is the founder of Love, Hope and Autism and is proud to be the new coordinator for Changing Spaces Pennsylvania, a movement to build accessible restrooms with adult sized changing tables across communities to promote inclusion. She is working side by side with Representative Dan Miller to pass a bill in PA that would require such facilities in hospitals, airports, museums, rest stops, malls and more. For her efforts, she won the ACHIEVA Award Of Excellence in Family Supports in 2018. Christina now speaks to groups across the lifespan about embracing and understanding people with autism, ranging from young elementary school children to college students to healthcare professionals, and most recently at Avonworth Primary Center, Robert Morris University and UPMC St. Margaret. She has also organized sensory friendly events for families and children such as Sensory Friendly Dinosaur Time at the Pittsburgh Zoo. Christina is committed to spreading a message of heightened awareness of multiple conditions, increasing acceptance of differences and ultimately inspiring hope