Linda Hurren is President and Director of York Autism Centre. Established in 2008, it offers services for children and families within the autism spectrum including IBI, social skills classes, tutoring services and camp programs. She’s now starting “The Making Small Talk Academy”, www.makingsmalltalk.com. A classroom within a typical school, it offers the full Ontario curriculum online. Students are supported as required to enable them as individuals to excel in areas of promise. Support includes development of social skills with their peers in the school environment. She’s experienced as a residential social worker living with adults in a community teaching independence skills. She’s worked in a newly established community classroom for children with Asperger Syndrome. After 4 years in the classroom, she set up her business to support to families struggling with the many challenges confronting their children. She started by offering social-skills classes from a local church hall.