In 1995, when her older daughter was diagnosed with autism, Julie Azuma created an on-line business to market educational materials for children on the autism spectrum. Different Roads to Learning provides products used for intense early intervention in autism education. A pioneer both in online business and in autism education, Julie was able to source and produce products that would help young students with language and shape their positive behavior.
Julie has been recognized for her work in the autism community and for her long social activism in the Asian American community, receiving many accolades and awards.
She served as chair at Asian Women in Business for 15 years. For 8 years, she was chair of the Eden II and Genesis Foundation Board, an agency that works to educate and serve individuals diagnosed with autism. Active in the US Japan Council, she is also on the board of the Japanese American Association. She was elected to the Board of Governors at the Japanese American National Museum and currently sits on the board at Association of Science in Autism Treatment.
Education impacts young people at many levels, not only addressing academic skills but also social skills and interaction with others. From special needs students to doctoral candidates, eduation is the key to every level of success.