Connie Lapin, a Speech Pathologist, has been a lecturer and family advocate for children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other developmental disabilities for over 45 years.  When her son Shawn was diagnosed in 1970, there was a dearth of information and no services available.  Connie has testified before government bodies, lectured at universities and conferences, and made appearances on television and radio.

Connie‘s accolades include “Woman of the Year” in Assemblyman Bob Blumenfield’s district, and a Lifetime Achievement and Meritorious Service for Autism from Senate Pro Tem Darryl Steinberg.  As current co-chair of the Government Relations Committee for the Autism Society of Los Angeles, she helped lead the successful effort in California to enact Self-Determination legislation that was signed in October 2013 by Governor Brown.