We had the good fortune of connecting with Tanisha Okonji and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tanisha, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I started Aspire in hopes of bringing quality treatment to my community. My goal is to educate the community about autism and point them in the direction of autism services. There are so many free resources that are out there that can help children with autism and I want to bring those resources to our community. Also, just to educate our community on the importance of early diagnosis and early intervention services. Growing up I had a cousin that was diagnosed with autism but being from a small town in the ghetto we were unaware of all the resources that were out there. If we would have known about those resources this could have been so pivotal in his success and having a socially significant life. I hope to help so many families that this is never the issue for anyone struggling with finding support for their love one that has a diagnosis of autism. There are so many companies that only service certain demographics and private insurances. At Aspire we are in-network with Medicaid and all it’s covered CMOs. We refuse to let money be a factor in families have access to quality treatment.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
At Aspire Therapy Group our “Mission”:To provide an enriching environment where children with autism and speech/language disorders can perform above expectations and breakthrough barriers by applying a collaborative approach to treatment. We promote behavior change programs and individualized speech/language therapy by implementing applied techniques, modeling, empirical teaching/training, and encouragement.
I’m very excited about giving back to my community. This journey has not always been easy and I’m thankful to have a supportive family and staff that help get me through the rough times. I’m competing with million-dollar companies that thrive on monopolizing Autism services. At Aspire we are focused on providing support to families and making a difference in the world. My honest opinion is that if we just stay focused on our mission everything else will fall into place. We have grown a lot and I see a lot of growth in our future.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’m a die-hard foodie and my favorite spots typically change with my pallet. My current favorite food spots are: Southern Fire Kitchen and The Epicurean Atlanta in Midtown. Best spot Illuminarium Atlanta Experience and walking around downtown.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would like to dedicate my shoutout to all the families that think they are alone with finding support for their loved ones with disabilities. Remember “Autism is not a disability, but a different ability.” Website:www.aspiretherapygroup.com
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