We Have Been There

Steve and Marie Haney have a heart for working with young people who are on the autism spectrum. After their oldest son, Tyler, was officially diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome at the age of seven, they found out quickly that there were not a lot of resources available to help someone like him. Academically gifted, yet lacking social skills made navigating IEP meetings, support plans and extracurricular activities increasingly difficult. Tyler was "too high functioning" to qualify for most public support programs and Marie and Steve were often left to fill in the gaps themselves.

 

Tyler's desire to go to college, hold a full time job and develop meaningful social connections pushed them to do whatever they could to support his goals. Through his hard work, the proper college setting and their support, Tyler is accomplishing his goals. As a result of their experience, Hope Learning Center was started by the Haney's to assist other young adults on the spectrum develop the needed skills to be successful socially, vocationally and academically.

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Long time friend, Anne Hughes, who also has family members effected by disabilities, joined Marie to lead the organization.  Anne and Marie are responsible for day to day operations of the Learning Center including planning and teaching classes, running the social groups and events, and carrying out the parent workshops. Tyler Haney leads the Advisory Board which is composed of other young adults on the spectrum and provides valuable insight to HLC based upon their experiences.  Steve is responsible for business aspects of the Learning Center.