Leanne Strong, A Forever Learner

Lisa & Leanne
Pictured from left: Lisa Bugbee, Leanne Strong


Leanne Strong, a 2015 graduate of Project SEARCH, was recently published in the March 31st issue of Autism Parenting Magazine. Leanne’s article, “In My Words: Why It’s Important to Teach the True Definition of Fairness,” explains the value of teaching to children with autism the difference between fair and equal.

Writing for a national magazine is just one of the major endeavors that Leanne has pursued this past spring; she has also been accepted at The College of Saint Rose College Experience, a two-year residential non-credit certificate program. Leanne moves to the Albany campus this fall.

“Leanne is a ‘forever learner,’” says Lisa Bugbee, who works with Leanne as a broker through Self-Direction. “Nothing is on the backburner for her and she is open to any experience where she learns a new skill or has some kind of takeaway that she uses to move her life forward.” As a broker, Lisa responds to Leanne’s plans and works to make sure that her budget is adjusted to represent her goals.

When Leanne originally planned her budget with Lisa, she chose to emphasize community classes to support her interest in continuing education.

It was at her quarterly meeting with Leanne that Lisa learned about her being published and planning for college in the fall. Leanne also expressed a post-college goal: to return home and open a daycare for children with special needs.

In the short term, Leanne is considering a writer’s workshop class and is focused on identifying the classes she wants to take this fall at The College of Saint Rose.