Juli C. Liske is the Founder and CEO/Executive Director of the Brown Center. The mission of the Brown Center is to help realize the potential of young children with Autism through individualized and collaborative treatment, and community and parent education. The principles of Applied Behavior Analysis and Positive Behavior Support under-gird every aspect of the Brown Center’s comprehensive, evidence-based model of care; and include center, community, school, and home-based data-driven intervention. Required parent participation as well as grant-funded family counseling services provided onsite by a licensed clinical psychologist are only a few of the unique features of the Brown Center.
Ms. Liske is also the parent of a remarkable child with Autism and is the author of the book In the Eye of the Hurricane: Finding Peace within the Storm of Autism.
In response to her own son´s diagnosis of autism in 2002 and the lack of services available in rural Appalachia Kentucky where they lived at the time, Ms. Liske designed and implemented an intensive, integrated, ABA home program for her son.
Today, at 15 years old, Ben Liske is a college-bound senior at the University School of Nashville, and a National Merit Scholar Finalist with a full merit scholarship to attend Trinity College in Hartford, CT in Fall 2016, with a double major in computer/electrical engineering. Ben is also a Davidson National Young Scholar, a lifelong member of American Mensa Society, an accomplished mathematician, artist and musician. Ben served as the poster child for the 2006 Autism Society of America “Voice of Autism” ad campaign. In 2009, Ben was featured in an Autism Self-Advocacy Network public service announcement funded by The Dan Marino Foundation which aired on national television networks. Most recently, Ben and family were featured in the documentary “Autism in America” which is currently on film festival tour.
After publication of her book and the response from families in Middle Tennessee, Ms. Liske left her 15-year career in dentistry to become a consultant to parents of children with autism and professionals who serve them. In 2008, she founded the Brown Center for Autism. Ms. Liske is also a speaker on local, state, and national levels, as well as a leadership mentor within the greater Nashville nonprofit sector.
The Brown Center has successfully brought to fruition a professional center-based treatment model–one that was unavailable to Ms. Liske’s own young son and family during their early intervention years. Despite this fact, the Liske’s believe their steps along this path have been ordered for a reason far greater than themselves; and are grateful to be able to join their experiences with our dynamic Nashville community in order to be a catalyst for change and for good.