Different Roads to Learning was founded in 1995 by Julie Azuma, mother of a child diagnosed with autism. When her older daughter, Miranda, was diagnosed with autism at the age of six, Julie started the company on the premise that parents who had home ABA programs needed help in finding the products for their children on the spectrum. Since that time, schools across the country are now supporting Applied Behavior Analysis and Verbal Behavior teaching. Tens of thousands of children have been mainstreamed by the age of five. Our children are more capable in every way. Today, Julie is proud that the mission of Different Roads has not changed. The goal remains to provide the most effective, affordable and appropriate materials out there to support students with Autism Spectrum Disorder in their social and academic growth.
Tatum came to us from the corporate headquarters of Barnes & Noble, where she served as their Operations Coordinator. Tatum is thrilled to be applying Fortune-500 forecasting and principles to the ideals and goals of Different Roads to Learning. In partnership with the rest of the team, Tatum is dedicated to ensuring your orders arrive to you promptly and correctly, and that we are always bringing you the best and most innovative items to help your students or your family. If there is an item out of stock or an issue with shipping, Tatum is the person to take care of you and prioritize your needs!
Fun Fact: Tatum majored in Musical Theatre at the Catholic University of America, and spent her twenties playing teenagers in Off-Off-Off-Broadway shows around New York City.
Natasha joined us out of Barnard College with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She’s our resident graphic designer and computer guru, creating beautiful content for our site, blog, and email campaigns. She also works directly with our content contributors, distributing their expert tips and articles every week. Inspired by her time at Different Roads communicating with educators and parents on a daily basis in addition to her research experience in mother-child relationships, Natasha hopes to earn a doctorate in Clinical Psychology in her future so she can continue to work closely with special needs families.
Fun Fact: Natasha is certified in teaching Pilates and enjoys giving classes on the side during her free time.
Teddi teamed up with Different Roads to Learning straight out of NYU and is so ecstatic to be here! You might have already spoken to her over the phone or received an e-mail from her a time or two as she is in charge of making sure that our customers feel supported and empowered. She also handles our social media accounts and assists our marketing efforts to help spread the word about our most beloved tools and tips to support young learners. Inspired by her passion for people and community, she majored in Psychology at New York University, hoping to make a difference in the field of education. However, rather than directly working with students in the classroom, she sought to strengthen people’s learning via nontraditional methods. This has led her to work for a variety of organizations from online learning marketplaces to business journalism education nonprofits. Working for Different Roads to Learning has given Teddi a personal fulfillment, as her older brother is on the autism spectrum. It’s her hope that she can help make children like her brother feel like they belong and are excited to learn.
Fun Fact: Teddi was in an a capella group at NYU. Her most memorable performance was "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" to Frankie Valli himself!
Elizabeth arrived at Different Roads to Learning a year after being a full-time freelance writer, editor and digital marketer. She handles our marketing campaigns and customer acquisition strategies, and curates our social media accounts. She is a proud graduate of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
Fun Fact: Elizabeth is a former early childhood special education teacher. She is also a poet, and will eat anything with pesto on it.