Debra Biography

I think that it can't be overstated enough the sheer enormity of the accomplishments that Debra Kroetsch has achieved in her life. Many people "on the spectrum" are diagnosed at an early age and are rightfully afforded the services and supports that help them survive and thrive with this condition. Debra was not. Besides having to deal with the undiagnosed symptoms of autism, she also tackled the job of a full time wife and mother. Battling her confusion with everyday situations and creating her own solutions for her entire life, it was almost a relief when she was diagnosed with autism at age 50. This gave a name to the difficulties she had been facing and she could finally obtain the supports she so richly deserved. She did not, however, rest on her laurels.

Over the course of her life Debra has created a permanent indoor infrastructure for herself to assist her in dealing with the confusion in her mind that often comes with autism. Debra has translated the indecipherable neurotypical world into a simpler, visual language and holds that translation within a permanent context.

Debra shows the many low-tech but extensive changes that she has made to her life. She hopes to not only inspire others to think outside the box by thinking "Inside the Box", she also hopes to inform others about the way many individuals living with autism see the world.

Debra would love to address your group or event to share her journey, experiences, solutions and successes.

A Few Wonderful Words 

“The presentation was incredible… It was so amazing to see the struggles through the eyes of someone on the spectrum.”

“This was one of the BEST presentations – and I have been to so many”
“Deb is a remarkable woman who was able to share tremendous insight on what autism feels like”
“I will never look at a child lining up objects or asking ‘perseverative’ questions in the same way again”

“OMG – I was almost in tears. Never before have I been to a workshop that was so thought provoking. I will look at my students differently and try to see what they feeling, and adjust accordingly.”

Debra Kroetsch