“You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement.
You are here to enrich the world.”
– WOODROW WILSON
I would like to share with you my own personal story. My husband and I are older parents. We were married for 14 years before we had children. This wasn’t by design, but we made the most of it by traveling, pursuing hobbies, and focusing on our careers. When we were finally pregnant, we were overjoyed and anxiously anticipated their arrival. I gave birth to triplets at 33 weeks to a boy and two girls. All three children were in the NICU for several weeks and eventually came home healthy and without major complications. We didn’t see any developmental delays in any of them until 3 ½ years old. That’s when we noticed one of our daughters, Ava, was not talking as much, was a picky eater and was playing alone. We took her to see a child neurologist that was recommended by our pediatrician. It was then that we received the diagnosis of autism. At the time I wasn’t shocked by this news. I just wanted to get started on doing everything in my power to help her overcome this diagnosis if possible. The neurologist had explained that time wasn’t our friend and we had to get busy. We got busy through working with our regional center, our school district, ABA therapy and other outside services.
Through Advocacy For Autism, I will share information, tips, resources, successes, challenges and support, which will hopefully help you along the way.
Nicole has been active in several non-profit organizations focused on autism, including Autism Society of Inland Empire, Autism Speaks, and has founded Advocacy For Autism. She is also active in her temple community where she serves on the Board of Trustees.
Nicole Aptekar has over 20 years of marketing, public relations and advertising experience in business-to-business, consumer segments and non-profit organizations. She has worked for several Fortune 100 companies as Group Marketing Manager in technology and retail. She is a principal owner of www.MarketingMaven.net, specializing in working with small-to-medium sized businesses and non-profit organizations. She has an M.B.A. in Marketing from the University of La Verne and a B.A. in Communications/Public Relations from California State University, Fullerton.
Nicole Aptekar, her husband, Jeff, and their triplets, live in Chino Hills, California.