My goal as an AZLEND trainee is to acquire a more focused approach in my public health career. I see AZLEND as providing a means of weaving together my educational and life experiences. My most life-changing experience has been as a parent of an 8 year old living with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. His diagnosis has changed the focus of my career. I see myself as part of a collaboration, a public health coalition, working to strengthen the community's capacity for assisting individuals and families living with autism.