Family Resource Advocate
Lisa Lake is a disability advocate, former special education teacher, behavior therapist, and a parenting consultant. She is the founder of Parenting Potential LLC, a parent consulting business, and Co-Founder/Community Affairs Director at Telic Empowerment, a nonprofit organization, founded by 4 moms, that provides disability resources, parent support, financial assistance and hosts inclusive community events for special needs families in the Atlanta metro area. Lisa received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, from Spelman College, and a Master of Education in Applied Behavior Analysis, from Arizona State University. Lisa also currently serves on the State Advisory Panel for Special Education for the state of Georgia.
Lisa’s time as a Special Education teacher in Fulton County Schools was spent teaching Community Based Instruction, life skills and job readiness to mild and moderate students at Creekside High School. Lisa has extensive experience as an ABA behavior therapist, and received her training from Marcus Autism Center and the May Institute. She spent 10 years teaching positive behavior modification methods and interventions to children with autism and developmental disabilities, conducting parent trainings and promoting healthy family relationships. Lisa’s work as a Parent Partner at Parent to Parent of Georgia afforded her the unique opportunity to work with Dr. Sidhu as part of her multi-disciplinary team in the Developmental Neurology Program, at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Lisa’s role allowed her to not only provide valuable education and support to parents but to also work hand in hand with Dr. Sidhu to ensure that families had access to personalized community resources that were specific to their needs.
Lisa takes pride in championing for the underrepresented, and giving a voice to those that are ignored and overlooked. She has been happily married for 20 years, and is a mother to 4 children. Lisa has personally navigated learning disabilities, genetic disorders, ADHD, and complex medical conditions with her own children and has a unique perspective and compassion for families affected by disabilities. Lisa’s love and passion for special needs families stems from growing up with an autistic sister and a brother with an intellectual disability, and from her own parenting journey. It is her mission in life to provide hope and help to families affected by disabilities, spread disability awareness, and to educate communities on respect, inclusion and acceptance of disabled populations.