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Christy LaPaglia, President

Christy LaPaglia is the director of the Cardinal Autism Resource and Education School in Mentor Ohio. She has worked in special education as a teacher, consultant and autism awareness educator for over 20 years. She began her career in the first public classroom in Northeast Ohio designed specifically for children with autism, and recently had the privilege of developing the first public school designed solely for educating students on the autism spectrum.

As a classroom teacher for students with autism Christy saw the need to support families in a way that would allow them to be able to participate and enjoy things that most people take for granted. Christy was always striving to increase recreation opportunities for her students and their families. She started by giving her students and their parents the tools to be able to eat out at a restaurant, attend a movie, event, or ball game. In 2006 Christy took a group of 8 children all of whom had autism and their families to Walt Disney World in Florida. The trip was so successful that Share A Vision was created so many more families could benefit from experiences like this.

Christy has a Bachelor of Science Degree from Kent State University and a Masters in Curriculum and Design from Cleveland State University. She is married to Joe LaPaglia and together they are raising two amazing young men, Christopher and Gianni.