Occasionally there are people who come into our lives for a brief but powerful season. Joyce A. Livingston is one such person to the Wiley Center family. Ms. Livingston began her early career in 1980 with the Los Angeles Public Library System. She also taught at Los Angeles Trade Technical College where she met long-time friend, Richard Wells who brought her into the Wiley Center world. She attended her first “Making a Difference in the Lives of Children” gala and was never quite the same.
Since that day, she knew without a doubt, what an impact The Wiley Center was making on the world of the underserved. She was so fond and proud of our work in the area of Autism Spectrum Disorders that when she passed away on August 14th, 2012 she saw fit to bequeath the Wiley Center with a portion of her estate. Needless to say, we were incredibly humbled and touched beyond words at her amazing generosity and trust in our work.
In her honor, we have created The Joyce A. Livingston Family Resource Center! It is located at our main office and is an amazing addition for all of our families. We aim to make it a sanctuary of peace and relaxation: an environment to gather thoughts, ideas, and information and create a community with families who have children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other special needs. We strive to complete Joyce’s vision by making this a special and unique place where an abundance of literature, videos and other resources will be available for family consumption. We also want to use this area as a safe place for parents to conduct their own informational sessions and meetings to share thoughts, ideas and strategies to improve the lives of their children.
Our family room was dedicated in May 2014. Our 1st parent meeting will be led by veteran football player and father of a son with ASD, Rodney Peete, who will host an evening of discussion exclusively for fathers of children with ASD. This is limited to 20 participants and will be held on Thursday, September 24, 2014 at 6:30pm.