Since receiving her daughter’s diagnosis, Marion has addressed a range of audiences, including educators (elementary through graduate students), health professionals, and parents and siblings of individuals with autism spectrum disorders.
Brokenhearted and devastated, Marion Witcher couldn’t imagine any purposeful thing coming from her daughter being denied the opportunity to live a normal life. Hurting beyond words, in silent suffering, she wondered what good could come from her broken heart.
Today, Marion Witcher has more than 20 years of experience in autism life management. This includes firsthand experience coping with autism as it relates to puberty, community involvement, sensory issues, surgery, working with school and medical professionals. She has also assisted in the planning and development of the Individual Education Plan (IEP) and the Individual Service Plan (ISP). Her programs, The Making of an Advocate and Autism: A Language Worth Knowing help and motivate parents as it relates to advocacy and caregiving. For numerous years, she has assisted her husband in coaching the Special Olympics. As result, she has worked with athletes and families affected numerous disabilities including Downs syndrome, cerebral palsy and other disabilities.
Marion is the author of the book, Sowing My Tears, Reaping His Joy: A Mother's Journey from Devastation to Celebration. It shares her journey of coming to terms with her daughter’s challenge with autism through faith in God. Upcoming works include a book of prayers and a book describing things one should never say to a parent of a child with special needs. She is the writer of he internatioally published, The Resume of Jesus Christ.
Marion is a graduate of the American School of Radio and Television Broadcasting and Columbus Paraprofessional Institute, where years later, as an alumnus she spoke for graduation.
Marion and her husband, Veroman, have two adult children.