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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, 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 Steve and Marie to do whatever they could to support his goals. Through his hard work, the proper college setting, and their support, Tyler has accomplished his goal of earning a college degree and obtaining full-time employment. As a result of their experience, Hope Learning Center was started by the Haneys to assist other young adults on the spectrum to 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 affected by disabilities, joined Marie to lead the organization. Anne and Marie are responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Learning Center including planning and teaching classes, organizing social activities and events, and facilitating parent workshops.

"Tools for Hope" Podcast: Listen Now!

Tyler Haney has learned to navigate life with Asperger’s Syndrome. Listen as he and his mom, Marie, talk with host Michael Bollentin about some of the hurdles they have faced as he grew up, how Hope Learning Center got started and what HLC provides to help other young adults on the spectrum. 

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