Vickie Nettles Advocate For Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders Dies

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ACADIANA, LOUISIANA- Vickie Leal Nettles, a well know community advocate and voice of hope for children with autism died Wednesday morning from complications following surgery. Nettles dedicated her life to being an advocate for children with autism after her youngest daughter was diagnosed with autism.

Autism Society President Robyn Blackwell,who has an autistic son, said that the autism community is still in shock,

“She taught all of us so much about advocating for your child, and advocating for your rights as a parent. She cried with us, laughed with us, celebrated with us.”

Nettles touched many lives while heading a community support group for the Autism Society of Acadiana for the last four years.  Nettles worked for the Autism Society of Acadiana for more than a decade.  She became a strong advocate for autistic children and their families. Nettles was often the person who reached out first to a family when an autism diagnoses was received.

Anne Crownover a childhood friend and fellow advocate whose child has cerebral palsy said,

“She was the voice and the image of what true advocacy is all about,”

Services were held last Saturday. Nettles leaves behind a husband and three children, the youngest daughter diagnosed with autism.

Donations can be made in Vickie Nettles’ name to the Autism Society of Acadiana at 3108 W. Pinhook Rd, Lafayette, LA 70508.