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Caroline L. Hubbard

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Director of Clinical Services

Itineris, Inc.

Caroline L. Hubbard would like everyone to know that more babies born today will be diagnosed with autism than with cancer, pediatric AIDS and diabetes — combined.

She also wants everyone to know that autism cannot be cured. Hubbard is director of clinical services for Itineris, a Baltimore-based nonprofit organization that helps prepare area men and women with autism for meaningful jobs.

Itineris (a Latin word for “journey” or “passage”) was born a decade ago when nine families with an autistic child realized that no organization existed in the Baltimore region to help people with autism after they graduated from high school. It remains the only such organization in the area.

Hubbard, who holds a master’s degree in grief counseling from Hood College and is working on her master’s degree in social work, has been with Itineris since 2011.

She approaches her work with passion and commitment.

“Within the walls of my organization I inspire adults with autism to reach for their goals and I help them achieve them, no matter what,” she said. “And within my community, I strive to help people understand that conformity is boring and that autism acceptance will continue to make the world a better and brighter place.”