Laura Wald, MSW, LSW, has focused the majority of her forty year career as a social worker and educator with expertise in Autism Spectrum Disorders. Her particular focus has been complex issues facing families of children with autism and strategies to establish a positive and inclusive quality of life. She is a frequent presenter on family therapy and developmental disabilities for state and national conferences (Council for Exceptional Children/Division of Early Childhood). She has also served as an instructor at Erikson Institute on this topic. She also lectures for the School of Social Service Administration/University of Chicago in their professional education workshops.