Sharon Link-Wyer, Ph. D.
Dr. Sharon Link-Wyer's experience with autism started when her son, James, was 13-months-old and lost developing speech. Since then, it was a lifetime of discovery, advocacy, education for herself and her son, and preparing for his future. Her son is now 21 years old and lives on his own with this two therapy dogs in his own apartment. Sharon's parental experience was a success in terms of projected outcome and how her son has turned out. She stressed independence, self-sufficiency, and stewardship as her parenting model. She said she is and will continue to be her son’s “guide on the side.” Sharon has a Ph.D. in Leadership and for her dissertation she studied the maternal experience of women raising children with high functioning autism. Their unique stories expressed similar themes that are useful to other moms walking the hard-worn path of raising a child on the spectrum. Having taught in public schools for several years, Sharon now presents at conferences, teaches workshops, writes books and articles, and designs and teaches her own, accredited, online courses on a variety of topics including a Certificate in Effective Strategies for Coping with Autism. She formed the nonprofit, Link Autism Leadership, in 2009 as a means to advocate for her son and present professional development to teachers, educational professionals, and parents seeking to grow professionally while working full-time.