Chair of the Council of Autistic Advisors
Carly Ott is the Vice President of Autism Society of California. She was the recipient of Autism Society of America’s Volunteer of the Year in 2018 and the Bob Beggan Award for Professional Mentorship. She was the first Autistic President of the Board of Directors of Autism Society Ventura County and served in that role for six years. Carly didn’t get her diagnosis until she was 28 years old and credits that moment with changing her life for the better. After re-entering society after years on Social Security Disability, she is now a mother and operations strategist for a major national bank. Her advocacy passion is education about women and girls with autism, as well as outreach to both employers and prospective employees with autism to enable a more diverse and inclusive workplace.