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PROUDD is comprised of many professionals including educators, parents, social workers, special education teachers, speech language pathologists and others in the field of educating, training and supporting special needs children.  We have a Board of Directors that supports our efforts. 

Carla Oldham

Carla Oldham, MA,  is the president and founder of PROUDD.  She is a professional and parent with a creative, fun and practical view of living and working with individuals with disabilities.  She graduated from Ball State University with a masters degree in Applied Behavior Analysis with an emphasis on Autism Spectrum Disorders and Verbal Behavior.  She has worked with disabilities in many capacities both in the private and public sectors over the last 16 years.  She divides her time up between working to complete her certification to become a Behavior Analyst, running PROUDD and spending time with her family. She spent 14 years working for the IL Autism Training & Technical Assistance Project, an Illinois State Board of Education project.  Carla has twins, one with ADD and the other with Autism - so she knows first hand what life is like. Carla  is a frequent presenter at local, state and national conferences and parent organizations. Carla loves finding practical ideas to support the many challenges faced by parents, professionals and educators working with our special people!