May 09, 2019
Chantal Sicile-Kira
Autism College

Chantal Sicile-Kira’s passion for empowering others, her love of writing, and her personal interest in autism has led her to become an award-winning author, International speaker, and leader in the field of autism. Chantal has over 25 years of experience as a parent and professional on both sides of the Atlantic.

Her books are: Autism Spectrum Disorder; A Full Life with Autism (co-authored with her son Jeremy); What is Autism?; Autism Life Skills; and Adolescents on the Autism Spectrum.

Working at Fairview State Hospital provided Chantal with her first practical experience with autism. She taught self-help and community living skills to developmentally disabled and autistic adolescents in preparation for their deinstitutionalization.
This provided her with knowledge she would need later in life for raising her son, Jeremy. Despite being non-verbal and severely impacted by autism, her son Jeremy graduated from high school with a full academic diploma in June 2010. Chantal encouraged Jeremy to develop his intuitive gifts and he currently enjoys a career as an artist.

In past years, Chantal was appointed by the California Senate Select Committee on Autism & Related Disorders to serve as Co-Chair, South Counties Autism Regional Taskforce, and on the Transitional Services & Supports Taskforce of The California Legislative Blue Ribbon Commission on Autism. Chantal and her family have been highlighted in Newsweek, on PBS, NPR, MTV, and Fox, Huntington Post and Psychology Today.

Website: AutismCollege.com
Facebook: Chantal Sicile-Kira (https://www.facebook.com/csicilekira/)
Instagram: csicilekira (https://www.instagram.com/csicilekira/ )