Preparing for Your Autism Future

Jan Stewart

5:00 PM (EDT) May 20, 2024

Jan Stewart

Author & Mom’s Choice Award® Recipient, 

"Hold on Tight: A Parent’s Journey Raising Children with Mental Illness"

Jan Stewart is a highly regarded autism and neurodiversity advocate, author and recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award®.  Her best-selling memoir Hold on Tight describes her emotional roller coaster story parenting two neurodivergent children, both of whom have multiple co-occurring conditions.  Her mission is to inspire and empower parents and caregivers to persevere, have hope and know they are not alone, as well as to better educate families, friends, health care professionals, educators and employers.  Jan chairs the Board of Directors at Kerry's Place Autism Services, Canada's largest autism services provider, is a Today's Parent columnist on autism and was previously Vice Chair at Canada's leading psychiatric hospital, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, as well as a member of the Parent Advisory Council at Massachusetts General Hospital's Department of Neuropsychopharmacology.  She spent most of her career as a senior Partner with the global executive search firm Egon Zehnder.  Jan is a Diamond Life Master in bridge and enjoys fitness, genealogy and dance.