Lois Rosenwald is the mother of a grown son with Asperger’s syndrome, and is the founder of the Greater New Haven PDD/Asperger’s Network: the first group of its kind in CT; also founder of the Connecticut Autism Spectrum Resource Center, Connecticut’s oldest and largest advocacy organization supporting those with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families.
She has been actively involved for years legislatively advocating for appropriate services for individuals in Connecticut with ASD, and for their families. She currently serves on, or has served on the following:
- The Connecticut Bureau of Rehabilitation Council
- The Connecticut Bureau of Rehabilitation ASD Assessment Team
- The Board of Directors of CLERC, a non-profit whose mission is to provide respite services for all people with special needs across the lifespan here in Connecticut.
- Connecticut Family Support Council (appointed by the Governor)
- Member of the Connectibility Steering Committee. This is a State Connecticut Committee overseen by the Department of Social Services. The Department of Social Services received a Grant in 2007 to form this committee, charged with finding ways to get people with disabilities to work.
- The Commission for Persons with Developmental disabilities without Mental Retardation (appointed by the Governor).
- Co-chairs the Division of Autism Services Council, a division with the State Department of Developmental Services
- Co-chairs the Pilot Steering Committee that has developed services for adults with Autism Spectrum disorders that are currently served by the Pilot.
- The ASD Pilot Assessment Team.
Leslie Simoes, Executive Director
Leslie joined ASRC as Co-Director in June of 2017 and became Executive Director in January 2018. Previously, Leslie was the Executive Director of The Arc Connecticut and had worked with the Arc as Director of Advocacy and Assistant Executive Director since January 2008
She has a diverse background in human services and the civil/labor/disability rights movement. Leslie discovered her passion for advocating when she worked in a group home with adults with intellectual disabilities in the early nineties and subsequently worked in various professions advocating for people with disabilities and those who support them as, Political Director, Lobbyist, Political & Community Organizer, and Director of Advocacy. Leslie has also served as an Advisor to People First of Connecticut for 19 years.
It was Leslie’s dream to make legislators and policy makers shift public policy and funding priorities and have families and individuals with disabilities a part of policy discussions that led to the creation and implantation of a grassroots campaign called Families for Families. Her idea to create a state level Intellectual and Developmental Disability Legislative Caucus in was implemented in January 2013.
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Sara Taussik, Director of Programs & Training
Sara Taussik is the Director of Programs and Training at Autism Services and Resources Connecticut. Sara strives to promote a strong sense of community by providing children, teens and adults affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder social and recreational opportunities. Additionally, she develops and presents informational training and professional development on ASD to a wide variety of organizations. Sara is a licensed and board certified art therapist currently pursuing her Connecticut license in professional counseling. She has enjoyed working with the ASD population for the past 12 years and is passionate about creating supportive and inclusive environments within the community. Sara lives with her husband and daughter who volunteer at many ASRC activities. In addition to being a wife and mother, Sara is an artist, an athlete and an adventurer.
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Patricia Coppola- Assistant to the Executive Director
Pat was born in Brooklyn, New York and moved to Connecticut in 1979, working as a paraprofessional in Pre-K and Kindergarten. She was a business owner for 20 years before coming to work for ASRC in 2004.
Pat has held many positions at ASRC over the years, including starting and leading social groups for young adults on the spectrum, event planning, and marketing & sales.
Over the years, Pat has often been seen around the Wallingford community volunteering for many civic organizations and programs including the Wallingford Park and Rec Department Adaptive Rec Program. She is a member of the Rotary Club of Wallingford and Board Member of the Wallingford Symphony.
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Monica Trischitti, Accounting
Monica joined ASRC in 2012, and oversees all things “financial”. Prior to joing ASRC, she held positions with Travelers Insurance and The Armstrong Rubber Company in their accounting departments. Monica started as a volunteer with ASRC twenty two years ago, running parent support groups and helping with special events.
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