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Founder

Karen Blake & Family. Founder & President of Autism Education & Therapy CenterKaren Blake holds a Master’s degree in both Special Education and Speech Language Pathology. She worked in the Atlanta school system for 11 years in early intervention, elementary and middle school.

When their son, Matthew, was diagnosed with autism at 18 months, she and her husband Steve quickly enrolled him in a private ABA school. He also received services in Speech and Occupational and Equine therapy in Atlanta.

Karen and Steve moved to Nashville in 2005 and quickly found the need for a center-based autism center. The Autism Foundation of Tennessee (now the Autism Education and Therapy Center) was created in 2007 to address the unmet needs in the middle Tennessee autism community. Since its inception, AETC has served over 300 children ranging in age from 2-20 years.

Karen has volunteered her time over the past 9 years. She is very proud of how far the center has evolved and grown. The top-notch staff is committed to quality programs and their passion for the children served is inspirational. They believe individuals of all ages with autism spectrum disorder deserve researched-based intervention and services to allow them to participate as fully as possible with family and community.

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