Whitney Ellenby is a former US Department of Justice, Disability Rights attorney and proud parent of a son with Autism. She is the founder of “Autism Ambassadors,” a charitable venture which provides recreational events for over 600 families in Maryland and surrounding areas, including a Sensory-Friendly showing of the world-famous “Gazillion Bubbles Show.” She and her “Ambassador events” have been featured in local t.v. news, the Washington Post, the Bethesda Gazette and Bethesda Magazine. She is a first-time novelist whose previous publications include a law review article, (“Divinity vs. Discrimination: Curtailing the Divine Reach of Church Authority,” Golden Gate University Law Review (1996)), and an amicus brief on behalf of the U.S. Department of Justice regarding discrimination against mobility-impaired individuals in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). She has testified before the Maryland Senate on disability-related issues and serves on the Developmental Disabilities Advisory Council for Montgomery County, MD and the University of MD Autism Spectrum Disorder Advisory Board. Whitney was recently honored with an “Autism Awareness Proclamation” and a “Community Leader” award for her advocacy and dedication to the disability community of Maryland.

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WAPO Op-Ed: Why Sensory Friendly Should Be the Law of the Land

Enormous gratitude to The Washington Post Op-ed Editors Anna Walsh & team for publishing my opinion on true access for the Autism community. Excellent points were raised that SF events would also benefit persons with PTSD, and of course the disability community at large. Comments on WAPO are rising both for & against ~ always interesting to see how offended people are about opportunities which in no way eclipse their own rights but expand for others who don’t have them. https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/my-son-has-autism-he-deserves-separate-sensory-friendly-opportunities/2018/11/27/b1268848-a0a4-11e8-8e87-c869fe70a721_story.html?utm_term=.41ff55e397fa