Chantal Sicile-Kira is an award-winning author, motivational speaker, and leader in the field of autism. Chantal is the founder of AutismCollge.com which provides practical information and training on-line. Her fifth book, A Full Life with Autism: From Learning to Forming Relationships to Achieving Independence (Macmillan, March 2012) was co-authored with her son, Jeremy. Chantal recently updated her first book, Autism Spectrum Disorder (Penguin, January 2014).
She is known for her practical and inspirational advice on raising children and teens with autism, and has appeared on PBS, NPR, and Fox. Chantal's family was also highlighted in the Newsweek cover story Growing Up with Autism, and featured in the MTV documentary 'True Life' series, in I Have Autism which was the recipient of a 2008 Voice Award.
Her first experience with autism was at Fairview State Hospital, teaching self-help and community living skills to severely developmentally disabled and autistic adolescents in preparation for their de-institutionalization, and then at Orange County Regional Center for the Developmentally Disabled.
Later Chantal moved to France and worked in film and TV production in Paris. Her son Jeremy, severely impacted with autism, was born there in 1989, where she was told to find a good institution for him. Eventually the family moved ot the UK and then the US. Jeremy graduated from high school with a full academic diploma in June 2010 and is an artist and advocate (visit JeremysVision.com).
Chantal was appointed by the California Senate Select Committee on Autism & Related Disorders to serve as Co-Chair, South Counties Autism Regional Taskforce, and on the Transitional Services & Supports Taskforce of The California Legislative Blue Ribbon Commission on Autism.