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About Me 


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Melissa Parker, R.N.

As a Registered Nurse, my heart was always for serving others.  I spent many years working in the hospital setting, helping patients through their surgeries, and comforting their family members.  As nurses, we are trained to advocate, to stand up for patient needs.  Little did I know, that one day, I would be using my voice to advocate for autism awareness...For those, some like my son, who have difficulty speaking for themselves and regulating to the world that we live in - and their families. 

For these reasons in January 2015, my husband and I started our non-profit, The Parker Foundation for Autism and Child Development to provide free resources to children and families touched by autism. Out of our three fully funded programs, came our "Be a Buddy" initiative - which utilizes young volunteers to mentor our children with ASD's and their siblings in specific activities, impacting all involved by encouraging understanding and diversity through inclusion - and educates about bully prevention measures.

My #TogethernessTeam - Women's Edition social media initiative and podcast has launched! Season 1 brings women together by inspiring, uplifting and motivating one another as we travel on our own unique, personal life journeys. Get to know us as we authentically share our own experiences, discuss inspirational stories of triumph over challenge and explore educational topics in an uplifting, open and welcome atmosphere free of drama or negativity. Our goal is to celebrate everyday women from around the world that are making a positive change in their communities, including those that have directly impacted us and our mission to help spread kindness, inclusion and acceptance of children, individuals and families touched by autism and special needs.  I hope you enjoy it!


Hugs and Love,




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