Autism Parenting Magazine Issue 84

Encouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes gives an AUTISM Interview by asking 6 questions through each letter in the word AUTISM to give readers an insightful perspective from parents, experts, entrepreneurs and other leaders in the field.
January’s AUTISM Interview is with Belinda Lerner who is the Executive Director for the NFL Player Care Foundation and Vice President of #NFL Alumni Affairs and Retired Player Programs and also the Mother of Ben, who is autistic.
Ben is now 23 and lives in Florida independently with the help of a foundation. He works in guest services for Hard Rock Stadium part-time and attended Dan Marino’s School. He was also the focus of an ESPN feature.
In her role as Executive for the NFL Player Care Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) dedicated to assisting former players live healthy, productive and dignified lives after they leave the game, she is responsible for directing all the Foundation’s operations including grant distribution and managing charitable partnerships and programs. As Vice President she represents the NFL in a variety of collective bargaining and legal matters focusing primarily on player disabilities and health and wellness programming.
My AUTISM Interview with Belinda Lerner can be found in the Autism Parenting Magazine Issue 84 on page 47. For more information about the NFL Player Care Foundation please go to and for more information about Autism Parenting Magazine please go to

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