Adriene Fern

Adriene Fern is an inspirational speaker who influences people to access their inner resources to overcome overwhelming adversity. Her multifaceted background, as a special education teacher, case manager, advocate, certified peer mentor with the Christopher Reeve Foundation and life coach, makes her a seasoned professional.

Adriene shares her poignant story of raising a son with autism and then becoming a full-time caregiver to her husband, who suffered a spinal cord injury. Her dynamic energetic talks empower and ignite attendees to confidently advocate and promote children and adults to evolve and flourish.

She shares practical, actionable gems on how to triumph over tragedy. Adriene’s “walk in your shoes” candidness, authenticity and humorous approach wins the hearts of her audience during presentations, workshops, parent/caregiver support groups, educators and service providers and corporate teams.

Within her community, Adriene helps to raise public awareness and funds for spinal cord injuries and autism treatments. As an example, she initiated the blue donut campaign at Dunkin Donuts throughout Broward County, during April’s autism awareness month. The funds benefit Broward County’s Center for Autism & Disabilities (CARD).

Adriene knows firsthand how difficult life can become caring for a disabled loved one, and her understanding, encouragement and exceptional resources make her a sought after speaker and mentor in overcoming adversity.​

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  • Bachelor of Fine Arts – New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, 1987​
  • Masters of Science Education (M.S.E. Special Education) – Long Island University, C.W. Post Campus, 2004

Licenses & Certifications:

  • Exceptional Students Educator (E.S.E.), State of Florida
  • Special Education Teacher License, State of New York
  • Certified Peer Mentor (C.P.M.), Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation
  • Henderson Behavioral Health Secret Angel Award

Community Service:

  • Initiated comic book drive for Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital
  • Miami Project to Cure Paralysis; initiated fundraising bracelet campaign
  • Haiti Clothing and Toy Drive, Smith Community Mental Health Organization & Prodigy Preschool​
  • Initiated Autism Awareness Blue Donut Fundraiser with Dunkin’ Donuts


It is a breath of fresh air to be welcomed
into a warm, supportive environment with a coach and case manager who can relate to the daily
challenges of raising a child on the spectrum.Lillian Murray,
I consider Ms. Fern to be extremely resourceful, empathetic, and professional; a very valuable asset.Karine Shashoua, Work Opportunities Unlimited
Not only is she a wealth of information
regarding all aspects of having a child on the spectrum, but her heart and selflessness touch all
who meet her.Lisa Nino Weston, Florida