DIANNA VARADY

Photo of Dianna Varady Dianna is the mother of an eleven-year-old child diagnosed with autism who has benefitted from applied behavior analysis both in his school program and at home. She has been employed by Partners for Inclusive Communities, Arkansas’ University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, since 2009. Currently her roles include Director of the Arkansas Autism Resource and Outreach Center project, Inclusion Trainer for the Welcome the Children project, and Family Advocacy Discipline Coordinator for the Leadership in Education in Neurodevelopment and Related Disabilities (LEND) program. She has served on the Arkansas Legislative Task Force on Autism since 2007, and currently serves as Arkansas’ Policy Chair for Autism Speaks. Dianna was instrumental in obtaining the mandate for private insurance to cover autism services, including ABA, (Arkansas Act 196 of 2011) which has been beneficial to many families across the state.  Dianna received her Bachelor’s of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Her focus of interest is community inclusion and supports for people with developmental disabilities.