Ellen Franzone earned her undergraduate degree in Speech and Hearing Science from the University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign and her master's degree in Speech and Language Pathology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1998. She worked as a speech-language therapist from 1998 to 2008. She began her professional career with the Portage Project's Birth-3 program, providing home-based services to infants and toddlers, along with their families. She later worked as an SLP with an early childhood program, providing support to students in special education classrooms as well as inclusive community settings. Prior to joining the National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders, Ms. Franzone was employed in an elementary school, providing speech and language services to students with a variety of skills and needs. Ms. Franzone has worked with students with ASD and their families at pivotal life moments: prior to and at the time of diagnosis, the transition to school-based services, and the transition to middle school. She is particularly interested in ensuring that all students receive programming that takes their individual strengths, needs, and personalities into account. She has developed programs that allow students with disabilities to participate meaningfully in their school and community. Ms. Franzone is thrilled to participate in work that allows her to balance her professional life with that of her family.