by LIZ ONUFER | photos by Forever Photography by Liberty

Better Together

faces_sekhon2Camino Bernardo resident Tracy Sekhon knows first-hand the challenges of raising children with autism. As a mother of one daughter and three sons, two of whom have autism, Tracy is setting out to create a community with the support and resources for families in similar situations.

“When my sons were diagnosed, I was grateful to have had direction with obtaining the therapies that could help them,” Tracy explained. As a business owner, she had the time and flexibility to ensure her sons received the therapies they needed. “Most, however, do not have the direction, resources, and flexibility that I have had.” Tracy’s idea for the Autism Resource and Treatment Center (ARTC) was born.

The mission of the ARTC is to provide a center for people with autism to access the tools they need to live their best lives and for the families and caregivers to have a place for support. ARTC is being built to serve newborns to adults. The services will range from diagnosis and treatment roadmaps to social groups counseling and job/life skills. Tracy explained the most rewarding part of her work as the founder of ARTC is “that this collaborative care model will improve lives.” Alongside the rewards, Tracy is working through the challenges one by one. “The most challenging part of my role with ARTC is obtaining the support necessary to get the center open,” she said. “There are significant time and financial investments required. I definitely can’t do this alone!”

“I founded ARTC to bring all of this together, under one roof, to provide collaborative, effective, and efficient care.”

As part of the effort to make the ARTC a reality, their Inaugural Charity Live and Silent Auction for Autism will be held at the Bernardo Winery on June 7. Tracy also shared that the organization is in need of many autism ambassadors for anyone interested in getting involved.

“I founded ARTC to bring all of this together, under one roof, to provide collaborative, effective, and efficient care,” Tracy said. “I believe that we can do autism better together.”

Name: Tracy Sekhon
Community: Camino Bernardo
Profession: Founder and CEO of ARTC
Family: Husband – Dave; three sons and a daughter
Hobbies & Interests: I love to spend time with my family, read, create craft projects, do home improvement projects, decorate, and shop.

Name of Group: ARTC; Autism Resource & Treatment Center
Group’s Mission: To provide tools for all ages on the autism spectrum to live their best lives.
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