Kirsten Fitzpatrick, M.Ed, MS.SFBC, PCCi


Deputy Director

Kirsten Fitzpatrick brings over 20 years of experience working with and advocating for autistic children, teens, and adults. Kirsten holds a Master of Science in Education, a Master of Science in School and Family-Based Counseling, is a registered Clinical Counselor intern with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences, as well as holds a PPS credential with the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Prior to joining YIC as Deputy Director, Kirsten worked in special education and for a local non-profit serving and advocating for individuals with Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities.

Additionally, Kirsten is CEO of Spectrum Media, Inc. and Co-Founder of Spectrum Singles, the world’s first social media dating website created by autistic people for autistic people. Kirsten is also an international speaker, presenting on a variety of issues faced by the global autistic community, including education, civil rights, employment, socio-sexual  and relationship issues. Kirsten has been featured in a variety of media outlets, including People Magazine, Esquire Magazine, MTV, Woman’s Health Magazine, Huffington Post, HuffPost Live, PBS,  Buzzfeed, DailyRX, Lioness Magazine, and Naturally Autistic Magazine. Kirsten is an autistic mother of three daughters, two of which are also on the autism spectrum.


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