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Dr. Amanda Carter is from the United States of America, and was born in Washington, D.C. She is an only child who was raised in Maryland. She attended Shaw University located in Raleigh, North Carolina for undergraduate studies and successfully completed the required course work in three years with honors with a major in Psychology. Dr. Carter obtained her Masters Degree from Howard University in Washington, D.C. Subsequently, she enrolled into a Doctoral program at Nova Southeastern University located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and graduated in June 2014. Her dissertation research was conducted in East Haddam, Connecticut which addressed Parental Perceptions for Adolescents diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome and/or Autism Spectrum Disorder. Dr. Carter’s area of expertise includes Autism Spectrum Disorder and mental health. In October 2014, she founded Care and Recreational Activities for Autistic People (CARAFAP, LLC). The mission of CARAFAP, LLC is to provide recreational, respite, special events, behavioral, and consulting services for individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. CARAFAP’s goal is to create a supportive environment where individuals with disabilities are free to be themselves without being pigeonholed by societal norms and expectations. Additionally, CARAFAP incorporates non-traditional and/or unorthodox therapies which include music, dance therapy, and incorporation of animals such as horses and therapy dogs to create supportive environments to enhance an individual’s motivational interest. To date, CARAFAP is a for-profit entity and its sister company, CARAFAP Foundation is an active 501c3 organization. CARAFAP, LLC has employed over 50 staff members since its inception and services clients in DC, MD, VA and abroad. CARAFAP accepts private pay, Medicaid, and clients on the autism waiver in the state of Maryland. CARAFAP has received accolades, numerous awards, recognized by the mayor of Delaware for providing exceptional community-based services, and has received county executive awards in the State of Maryland. Dr. Carter has appeared on local, national, international television and radio to spread autism awareness and advocacy. In 2017, Dr. Carter provided training, seminars, and services to heighten autism awareness in Accra, Ghana. Dr. Carter has raised funds, coordinated and participated in 5k events for children diagnosed with autism. She raised a service dog to help aid in the life of child diagnosed with autism, and to date she raised and assisted in training CARAFAP’s therapy dog, Bailey to assist clients enrolled in CARAFAP’s services. She enjoys riding horses, reading, traveling, and spending time with her family.