Jo Ashline is an award winning writer living in Orange County with her husband, Michael, and their two sons, Andrew (15) and Ian (13). At the age of 2, Andrew was diagnosed with severe autism, global developmental delay, and intractable epilepsy. Jo chronicles her family’s special needs journey on her website,, and is a passionate advocate for children and adults with disabilities, as well as their parents and caregivers. Dedicated to bringing awareness about challenges facing families like hers, Jo has been featured in national print and media, and is a former freelance columnist for The Orange County Register. In all things, her family comes first, and together, they do their best to duck when the perpetual doodie hits the fan.