The March of Dimes and AFCEA NOVA announced that Leslie Blaker-Glass, senior vice president of strategy development at Inmarsat Government, is a finalist for the 13th Annual Heroines in Technology® Awards Gala. Blaker-Glass is being recognized for her establishment of the Autism Learning Center or ALC, a 501c3 non-profit foundation that provides Intensive Behavioral treatment using Applied Behavioral Analysis, or “ABA” therapy programs to children and families affected by Autism.
“I am very gratified of the success the Autism Learning Center has brought to families dealing with Autism,” said Blaker-Glass. “Our 1:1 curriculum treatment focuses on developing language, cognitive, social, self-help and play skills that are critical to the child’s success,” Blaker-Glass continued. “Through this foothold launched in the Washington, D.C. metro area in 1997, Autism Learning Center has supported thousands of children affected by Autism, and to date, the ABA therapy program is the only proven therapy sustained by empirical data statistics that improves the lives of children with Autism.”
The Heroines in Technology awards program will honor the significant contributions of women in the technology industry who exemplify leadership in volunteer community service. Winners will be selected in the following categories:
- Rising Heroine
- Individual Heroine
- Corporate Heroine
- AFCEA International Government Heroine
- Lifetime Achievement Heroine
Blaker-Glass and the other finalists will be honored and winners will be announced at the black-tie awards program on Friday, November 8, 2013, at the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner. In addition to the awards presentation, the evening will include dinner, music, dancing and live and silent auctions. Proceeds from the event will support local March of Dimes programs including research, community services, education and advocacy to reduce the occurrence of birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.
About Heroines in Technology
Since 2001, Heroines in Technology has honored 72 “Heroines” and has raised over $1.4 million to support the March of Dimes mission of improving the health of babies by preventing premature birth, birth defects and infant mortality. To learn more about the event, please visit www.marchofdimes.com/marylandmetrodc/events/events_Heroines_2013.html.
About Autism Learning Center
The Autism Learning Center (ALC) was founded in September 1997 as a 501c3 nonprofit organization to meet the tremendous need for comprehensive ABA services for children with autism in Northern Virginia. Our BCBA Clinical Directors create individualized programs to meet the needs of each child based on clinical experience and research in applied behavior analysis. Our home-based services allow our trained staff to provide intensive one-on–one therapy focusing not only on academic goals but also on all aspects of the child’s life. Our curriculum emphasizes communication skills based on Skinner’s theory of verbal behavior, a variety of self–help skills, and social skills, with a focus of generalization to the natural environment. With all activities, we emphasize increasing verbal behavior, spontaneity of language, and teaching in the child’s natural setting. To learn more, please visit http://autismlearningcenter.org.