Julie's Open Road

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  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Canada Team

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    New York, NY

  • AIRED ON:

    Public Television: Season 3

JULIE AZUMA

Founder/CEO
Different Roads To Learning

“I think that's the rewarding thing-to have helped a lot of children.”

INTERESTS:

Education Entrepreneurship

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Confidence Community Courage Determination Exploration Fear Hard Work Perseverance Success

FOUNDATION:

Helping People

TAGS:

autism, belonging, children, computer skills, design, fashion, helping others, independence, tools

BIOGRAPHY:

  • As she was growing up, her road was always leading to becoming a clothing designer.
  • Over time she became more political, and started to see the fashion business as shallow.
  • She adopted a daughter that had certain "delays" in her learning and development.
  • When her daughter was six, she was diagnosed with autism.
  • Says one of the greatest griefs of having a child with autism is the fact that people are constantly judging your parenting skills.
  • Once she started working with speech and language therapists, she realized that learning tools for autistic children were not easily attainable.
  • Decided to take business and computer classes so that she could start her own business to fill that void.
  • Says one of the greatest things about her business is that it built a community for parents of autistic children, who often find it hard to talk about their struggles.

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