The Autism Society of Greater New Orleans is thrilled to welcome our Virtual Program Facilitators to the team! Check them out below to learn more about them. If you are interested in signing up for one of our programs, click here to learn more!
Emily Davis, M. Ed+30
Bio: Emily Davis is an educational diagnostician with a passion for working with diverse individuals. Before her current position, she taught everything from AP Psychology to Elementary Autism and from Las Vegas to New Orleans. She is currently working on a Doctorate of Education with a focus on Special Education. In her free time she loves watching cheesy reality TV, hiking with her husband, and volunteering with animal rescues/shelters. Emily is excited to join the ASGNO team as a virtual support group facilitator! Emily facilitates our Sibling Support Group and our Pre-Teen Social Group.
Stacy Badon, Autism Education Specialist
Bio: Stacy Badon began her career working as a Speech, Language Therapist in the public schools of south Louisiana. Along with over 10 years of professional experience as a Speech Therapist, she has obtained a Master of Psychology Specializing in Child Development, and completed training as a Behavior Analyst. She has also obtained certification as a Sensory Enrichment therapist. She is dedicated to working with families in the Autism community throughout the states, as well as globally, and she is very passionate about sharing knowledge
and experience with others so that children and their families can reach their full potential. Stacy facilitates our Caregiver Support groups in English and Spanish.
Yiesha McFarland is a New Orleans native. She works in the New Orleans Public School system in special education. Her passion is for students with Autism and intellectual disabilities with an understanding and respect for many cultures. Teaching loved ones, friends and families how to live with Autism. Her work for the past 8 years has been in special education and the past 10 years in mental and behavioral health and psychology. As Yiesha has worked with individuals with special needs her goal has been to empower, support ,and encourage this population of people to reach their maximum health, learning, and social capacity. This is done by meeting people where they are in life and moving them forward. In her free time she likes to spend time with family and friends, working with nonprofit organizations, and doing public service work. She has a Bachelor’s of Science in Community Health & Psychology and a Master’s in Public Health. Yiesha facilitates our Kids Playgroup.
Cory is from Covington, Louisiana and is a self-advocate and adult with Asperger’s Syndrome. He is also a Board-Certified Autism Technician. Cory enjoys collecting movies, comic books, and action figures. He believes there is a hero in all of us, and you are never too old to have fun. Cory facilitates our Young Adult Social Group.