This month’s pick for people that echo is prominent community leader Jenny Hill who has for several years now advocated for families and children with autism. She was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona where her father served in the Air Force. She later married and moved to Nogales where she raised her two sons Tom and Wally.
Jenny Hill founded the organization Angel’s Purse after her son Wally was diagnosed with autism. Her son has been her inspiration to find resources and interventions that can help families with children diagnosed with autism. Mrs. Hill has been an active community member as she served on the Board of the Hilltop Gallery for 17 years. Her non-profit organization has helped many families with autistic children in Santa Cruz County and across the border, all the way to Hermosillo Sonora, Mexico.
Mrs. Hill helps many families without receiving any monetary compensation. Her goal is to help autistic children lead healthy productive lives. She is dedicated to sharing her expertise to those who are willing to learn. My leadership style is to teach by example. I enjoy working hands-on with parents helping them learn about the benefits of sensory learning. Sensory learning has proved to be effective in helping children with autism improve perception, their understanding and ability to learn. “With the appropriate tools, services, supports, training and information, children on the autism spectrum can grow, learn and flourish. Wally my son is living proof they can succeed,” said Jenny Hill.