Tara Connolly is a counselor and consultant with over 17 years experience working with and learning from adults and youth on the spectrum. In her counseling practice, Tara supports neurodiverse thinkers to thrive on their own terms and co-create meaningful transitions into and throughout adulthood. In her recent work as the Coordinator of the Transition Support Centre at Algonquin College she was instrumental in designing an innovative service that supports the transitions of students on the spectrum into and throughout post-secondary environments. It empowers students to leverage the tools they need for success and builds the capacity of the post-secondary community to recognize and effectively incorporate the inherent strengths of neurodiverse thinkers.
Tara is dedicated to learning and teaching in its many forms. She is a dynamic keynote speaker and presenter, creating excellent opportunities for educators at all levels to hone their own skills in engaging with best practices that facilitate student learning and success. Some of her past experience includes working as a teacher in the school system, as an ASD Consultant with the School Support Program at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, as an ASD Content Expert with the Public Health Agency of Canada, and as a Disabilities Counselor with Algonquin College.