• Pathways in Autism

    Enjoy the journey, don't worry about the destination.

  • Mission

    Pathways in Autism is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization organized to support autism awareness, advocacy, education, research and training programs to positively impact those who live with autism and the people who support them.


    Lobbying in Tallahassee, FL for Department of Education budget increases for autism services



    Assistance with Individual Education Plan (IEP) supports and Special Interest Publications


    Developing evidenced based community interventions for children using augmentative alternative communication devices (AAC) - in progress


    Parking Lot Safety Program for parents and children with special needs children


    Fundraising events

  • Scope and Purpose

    Pathways in Autism was founded in 2011 by Mike and Lisa Barrett to help support the greater autism community. With two kiddos on the autism spectrum, Mike and Lisa know first hand the daily challenges and blessings that life with autism can bring. Their hope is to bring greater awareness and advocacy through programs and services that inform and educate those who love and support people with autism.

  • Our Leadership

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    Michael Barrett


    Mike is the co-founder of Pathways in Autism. He is a corporate executive and military officer who has a strong desire to help the needs of military families.

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    Lisa Barrett

    Executive Director

    Lisa is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse and Behavior Analyst. She directs autism programs aimed at meaningful community involvement.

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    Zachary Barrett


    Zachary is a high school student who desires to share his story about living life with autism as well as advocate for others like himself.

  • Our Activities

    See what we have been up to lately...

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    Since in 2017

    Our director is a seasoned mascot who provides visits from the Easter Bunny to raise money for special needs camp scholarships

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    Volleyball Fundraiser

    Jacksonville Beach, FL




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    Parking Lot Safety Program

    Parking Lot Safety Program for parents and children with special needs children

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    "I have something to tell you" AAC Project

    Helping families learning AAC in the community

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    Barrett, L. (2021, in press). Effectiveness of community-based social-learning groups for caregivers of AAC users, Pediatric Nursing.


    Barrett, L. (2019, June). Finding a camp for children with autism and other special needs, First Coast Parent, p.11.


    Barrett, L. (2012). Toys that are S.A.F.E. (Sturdy, Age appropriate, Fun and Economical). Exceptional Parent, 42(10), 43–45.


    Barrett, M. (2012). Special Education Advocacy for the Military Family. Exceptional Parent, 42(9), 52–55.