Lisa Quinones-Fontanez is a secretary by day, writer by night and atypical mami around the clock. When Lisa's son, Norrin, was diagnosed with autism in May 2008, she found herself in a world she did not understand. In 2010, Lisa founded the blog AutismWonderland.
AutismWonderland became an award-winning blog and Lisa was recognized for her writing and her efforts to raise autism awareness within the Latino community. Lisa has also been featured on NYMetro Parents, News 12 (The Bronx), Everyday Health, and Latina magazine.
While working full time, raising a child with autism and blogging, Lisa studied at The City College of New York and graduated with a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing in May 2013.
In 2014, Lisa launched Atypical Family, a personal family blog that focuses on autism, work/life balance, family entertainment and more.
What was your favorite toy growing up?
My Barbie dolls! Even before I knew I wanted to be a writer, I was creating stories and dialogue with my Barbie.