Sue Linehan is the mother of an adult son, Patrick, diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. Since Patrick’s diagnosis, she has made it her mission to educate herself about autism treatments, outreach, and advocacy. She immersed herself in case studies, research literature and a variety of the resources as well as attended numerous educational conferences about the field of autism. During her son’s younger years, she worked with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health as a Metrowest Coordinator for the Parent Leadership Project. She also served as a parent advisor in a MA inter-agency task force that focused on assessing autism resources statewide.
Sue was also President of the Sharon Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SSEPAC) for 4 years and developed and coordinated an elementary disability awareness curriculum called “Experiencing Differences.” She has been trained as a Parent Consultant by the Federation for Children with Special Needs and has spoken at various conferences and events about her family’s journey.
Sue has also facilitated several parent support groups in different settings. She is currently a member of the steering committee for the Family Autism Center in Westwood, MA; and for the past 12 years, she has served on the executive committee for Advocates for Autism of Massachusetts (AFAM).
For the past 16 years, she has been the Office Manager for F.J. Linehan & Associates, Consulting Engineers, a family business. She is married to Paul Linehan and is the mother of three children—David, Patrick, and Christina as well as proud grandmother of three beautiful grandchildren.