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Elizabeth W. Barnes

Elizabeth W. Barnes is an author, blogger, and the proud parent of a child on the Autism spectrum.

Elizabeth is a work-from-home mom who tries to apply what she learns from being a mom into her profession, and what she learns from her profession into being a mom. When she is not guiding her son through his online school lessons, she writes about autism from a parent perspective, systems and culture change, and education issues related to her son's journey. She works closely with her local school district, serving as a parent member on the district's Special Education Advisory Panel, Culture and Climate Task Force, Autism Task Force, and Gifted and Talented Advisory Panel. She received her Juris Doctor degree from the University of San Francisco School of Law, and is the author of training and technical assistance publications related to improving judicial practice in dependency court systems. She blogs at

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  • Parent Partnership

    Helping Students With Autism Transition Into a New School Year

    Parents and teachers can minimize the stress with some joint prep before school starts.
  • Parent Partnership

    What Autism Can Look Like

    Autism can be confused with misbehavior. Here are three autism behaviors to look out for and tips on how to respond to them.
  • Education Equity

    New Supreme Court Decision Benefits Students With IEPs

    A lawyer breaks down the jargon around the recent Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District ruling and shows how it benefits students.