Saturday, January 7, 2012

Laura Cook

Autism Light #121 is Laura Cook.

Laura Cook is the founder and CEO/President of the Pacific Autism Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. Laura Cook's son Zachary has autism. Laura Cook is an Autism Light for creating a place for children with autism to receive ABA treatment in Hawaii and for her autism advocacy in Hawaii.

Laura Cook has been blessed that after 5 years of intensive ABA treatment her son Zachary is now 12 and is mainstreamed. Read the rest of her story at this link.

The Pacific Autism Center was founded in 2004 by Laura Cook to help children with autism learn functional languages. ABA is used at the 5,000 square foot facility. The mission and motto of the Pacific Autism Center is provided on their website. The motto is "Helping Children reach their full child at a time."
The mission of the Pacific Autism Center is to use ABA and be a foundation to those individuals (and their families) within the autism spectrum, and to also provide high quality researched based services that support the individual in all areas of their life. Pacific Autism Center is recognized as a leader in the field of serving special needs children in the Hawaiian islands and beyond (Source).
One can also find external links to resources on ABA at the Pacific Autism Center website.

Laura Cook is the co-founder of the Hawaii Autism Resource Team (HART).  HART started in 2006 and according to their website provides these three main services (Source).
  • Help in obtaining quality ABA services.
  • Education to parents, providers and the community.
  • Legal support to attorneys and to parents needing legal support.
Awards: Laura Cook was presented an advocacy award from the Hawaii Chapter of Cure Autism Now on May 31, 2006 (Source).  "Cure Autism Now" merged with Autism Speaks.

For more information on Laura Cook and the Pacific Autism Center you can read these online news stories.
Social Media: Friends can follow Laura Cook and Pacific Autism Center at the following social media areas.
Special thanks to Laura Cook for being a light for autism in Hawaii. Your efforts are appreciated.

If you enjoyed this post then you may wish to read our Spotlight on ABA post. There are several other Autism Lights who are spreading light through ABA.

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