“(Dr.) Colleen Allen has led us from the humble beginnings of getting insurance coverage for individuals with autism to launching the MiNavigator program, helping thousands of families (find) a path forward, and even starting a hiring company to employ those on the spectrum,” said MotorCity Casino Hotel President Bruce Dall.
MiNavigator provides professional consultation and access to resources for families. Allen was also key to creating Upbound at Work, which supports companies and job seekers with autism.
She manages a $5.6 million operating budget and 39 employees. Through advocacy and education, her team provides support and opportunities to individuals with autism and their families. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer appointed Allen to the Michigan Autism Council and Protect Michigan Commission. Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan appointed her to serve on the city’s Workforce Development Board.
Additionally, Allen sits on the Incompass Michigan, Detroit Public Television and Roeper School boards.