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Desiree Bloemhard

(Dip Executive Secretarial Studies, Dip Office Management, Dip  Entrepreneurial skills, Cert Handle Level 2,  RBT, IBT)

Ms. Bloemhard was working for many years as Management Assistant to a board of directors, an office manager and owner of a successful travel firm in her motherland Holland. She left her country to settle in Sri Lanka  when her son, who was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder was very young. 

 

Ms. Bloemhard was among the first in Sri Lanka to begin autism awareness in 2008. She has been supporting parents with children on the spectrum, and building awareness and acceptance through the years, while also supporting her son. Through numerous hours of self-study and workshops, she has learned about different therapies both educational and biomedical and is well versed on many interventions that are available. She completed her course in behavior therapy through Dr Anton James and became a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) and she is a registered International Behavior Therapist (IBT). She  is currently working on her mission, which is a supported living project with a vision to create an opportunity for young adults with autism to reach their full potential and lead successful lives.

“HOPE is the greatest things for moms of autism, HOPE is what gets us out of bed in the morning,  I’m on a mission to tell parents that there is a way” - Jenny McCarthy