Sallie Bernard has been a member of the Board of Autism Speaks since 2007 and serves on its Familiy Services Committee, Science Committtee of the Board, and the Community Advisory Board for science. She was formerly the Board President of Cure Autism Now and a co-founder of the CAN New Jersey Chapter. She helped start SafeMinds which focuses on the environmental causes of the increase in autism, and is currently the board president.
Sallie is a co-founder and board president of Ascendigo/Extreme Sports Camp, which has provided outdoor recreation and other positive life experiences for youth and adults across the autism spectrum in the Colorado Rocky Mountains since 2004. She led the team which created the Yellow House, a private residence for adults on the autism spectrum where Sallie's adult son with autism lives. She spent over 20 years in the marketing business before devoting herself full time to non-profit activities in 2005. She is Board Secretary of Valley Life For All, an Asset-Based Community Development organization for all disabilities. Sallie has an interest in mental health issues and serves on the boards of the Aspen Hope Center and the James Kirk Bernard Foundation. She graduated with honors from Radcliffe College, Harvard University, in 1979. Sallie has resided in Aspen, Colorado since 2002 and enjoys the Colorado outdoors.more » « less