Marie-France Akinrolabu, the founder of Aspiring Minds, embarked on a relentless journey to shed light on autism after one of her family members, was diagnosed with autism in 2000. At the time, there was very little understanding of its residual effects.

She first earned a master’s degree in Special Education, and then, a post-graduate certificate in autism. Concurrently, she completed a two-year program in ABA from Rutgers University. She is presently a Ph.D. student in Educational Psychology. Marie-France is also an active member of COPAA (Council of Parents Attorneys and Advocates), a group with the role to safeguard and protect the legal and civil rights of students with disabilities and their families.

The name Aspiring Minds comes from a deep-seated belief that all students with disabilities also have the same right as their typically developing peers to ASPIRE to a bright future. We remain current in the field of Special Education by keeping abreast of new mandates, laws, and procedural changes.