We had the good fortune of connecting with Navah and Matt Asner and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Navah and Matt, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
Matt and I were definitely inspired to create the center by our 3 autistic sons. We were forever shlepping them from Enrichment to therapies and always dreamt of a place where special needs families could have a one stop shop: enrichments -Vocational and expressive arts camps as well as mental health support for the entire special needs family.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
We offer virtual and in person arts and vocational enrichments as well as counseling services, social skills, support groups for special needs individuals and their families. We wanted to create a home away from home for special needs families. We are most proud of our success in that area. It was achieved through our passion for making sure that every special needs family has a place that welcomes them. Through the pandemic we added our virtual program that offers free programming to people all over the world. We are here for you. My background was surfing therapy for special needs kids and Matt’s was heading up Autism Speaks When we met in 2012. We were a blended family and are called the “Brady Bunch of Autism “ for that!
As we have 6 kids in total one of the things I am MOST proud of is that all of our programs are organically created and supported by Autistic adults who we employ in our center.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I’m a surfer and from Hawaii do for me it’s strait to Malibu surf rider! Matt is an LA local and would take guests on a tour of all the local hotspots and restaurants
Our favorites are Brents deli and Liya sushi ! The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
We worked for a decade to create this special inclusive space for all special needs individuals and their families, driven by our personal passion to create a better world for our own 3 autistic sons, and with great love and admiration of his own advocacy named the center after our dad Actor Ed Asner.
Facebook: The Ed Asner Family Center
Youtube: Ed Asner Family center
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