Speaking Engagements on Autism and Mental Health

Steps of Hope Autism walk

Our presentation

Our presentation starts with Lauri (Lindsey's mom) talking about Lindsey and Brittany's diagnoses and how they affected and continue to affect the family. Lauri speaks to the importance of effective communication and relationships with educators, doctors, and family. 

Brittany (Lindsey's sister), speaks next. She shares what it is like to be a sibling of a sister with autism. In addition, she shares how her own diagnoses of epilepsy, mental health concerns, a learning disability and an eating disorder not only further complicated the family's daily life, but are also a reminder that autism is not the only special need that can affect families. Brittany engages the audience in an interactive social simulation.

Our presentation concludes with Lindsey, a 100% independent adult living with autism. She shares what it was like growing up living with autism and anxiety. Her experiences include moments of hardship, celebration, acceptance and ultimately hope. 

Past speaking engagements

  •  St. Catherine's University
  • Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College-New Richmond
  • Hudson School District 
  • Prescott High School 
  • Baldwin-Woodville High School 
  • Wisconsin Statewide Transition Academy (Wisconsin Dells)
  • Baldwin, Wisconsin Transition council
  • Rural Transition Conference, Marshfield, WI
  • Keys to Success
  • Parents & Partnerships
  • St. Croix Therapy
  • University of Wisconsin-River Falls
  • Wisconsin School-  Chetek, 


  • This gives me so much hope!!
  • My son has ADHD and listening to what this family has had to go through makes the struggles my son has had to go through look small in comparison. It made me more thankful for what I have.
  • Very inspiring - great to hear how bullying was addressed.
  • Always appreciate hearing a story from the self-perspective. Such a hard story - well presented by the family.
  • I thought it was helpful to me as a para at a middle school to see the need of helping children to be a partner with other students.
  • Hearing 3 perspectives from the same family about the same history was incredible, really showed a complete picture of a situation. The candor all 3 expressed was amazing - showed so much communication. Would love to read the book.
  • They all spoke very well and were all able to provide insight into the experiences of several different people who are impacted by autism and other life changes/challenges.
  • They were amazing! I can't wait for the book.
  • I enjoyed hearing Lindsey's overview of her struggles, how she never gave up and her advice. It was beneficial to listen to Laurie and Brittney's stories as how they each were accomplishing their goal in trying to make a difference.