Lorraine Lowry was born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario and studied Early Childhood Education at Sheridan College for three years. During that time, she worked summers as a residential camp counsellor for the YMCA of Hamilton and Canterbury Hills in Ancaster as one-on-one support. In 2013, she graduated from Everest College with a certificate in Personal Support Work and spent three years providing care in her local community focusing on child development. She still resides in Hamilton and has worked hard to build a solid career in the retail sales industry.
Lorraine was diagnosed with Depression and Anxiety at an early age and grew up in a family with Autism. Her personal struggles with mental health caused her to struggle with socialization and acceptance of self at a young age which has helped drive her passion to advocate for the Autism community and to respect all individuality.
Her personal and professional experiences working with children have given her the opportunity to foster her own sense of self and promote individuality in others. She now understands the importance of community, acceptance and support which inspired her to write Friends on the Spectrum as an educational resource for parents, caregivers and educators to being the conversation for future generations.