"No Small Victories began as an anthem of empowerment for me and my son, Joshua. I vowed to never use others progress or successes as a measuring stick for his development. I was determined to celebrate the unique beauty of my son. Autism can be difficult and isolating for families. It is our hope to inspire our global autism family to appreciate all the successes, no matter the increment! Today we work together to inspire others to live unapologetically and as inclusively as possible through continued education about this disorder. No Small Victories… Because Every Accomplishment Should Be Celebrated!"
Ms. Jacqueline Williams-Hines holds a Master of Education degree as an Autism Specialist. She is a UMASS Medical Center/Eunice Shriver Institute LEND Fellow, and a Massachusetts state team member of Mass Act Early. The host of the CDC sponsored autism awareness video “1,2,3… Grow!” (African American/Black episode) which examines
early indicators of autism in this population. She is the founder of the No Small Victories Autism Education Initiative, executive producer and host of NSV Online Radio, published author and consultant. Ms. Williams-Hines has been recognized by several institutions for her work in autism education, most notably the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the City of Springfield. But her most proud accolade is having the privilege of being the mother of Joshua “Jay-Cee” Hines, an aspiring dancer/singer/Artist/Author whose anthem of empowerment is “Autism is what I have, not who I am”.
The mother of a now budding twenty-four year old aspiring dancer/entertainer/advocate diagnosed with Autism, Jacqueline Williams-Hines recalls only too well the challenges faced by families living with this diagnosis. Her son, Joshua, is her greatest inspiration and motivation. “When Joshua was diagnosed, there was very little information or supports for me. I had to drop a flagstone to step on just to have to drop the next. In creating my path, I began to help others in this journey by sharing any information I had” she explains.
Jacqueline Williams-Hines holds a Masters of Education degree as an autism specialist. She is the founder of No Small Victories, an autism awareness & empowerment initiative that promotes early and accurate diagnosis of autism in marginalized populations (most notably African American) in efforts to combat diagnostic disparities. A four-time published author, former executive producer of a global autism radio show, and advocate, Jacqueline has been recognized by numerous organizations as well as the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for her work. Working with her son Joshua, Jacqueline continues her efforts in education and empowerment of the global autistic community!
“It’s more important now than ever that individuals receive as much information to support informed decision making. This is a quality of life issue that will not work itself out without families being proactive. Through my advocacy work I help families become better informed advocates to make sure that happens. It’s not the just the wars but the every-day small victories that we help families win. No Small Victories…because every accomplishment should be celebrated!”