Allison Rubin
Marketing and Communications Director

I'm excited to combine my diverse communications experiences with my education background to promote Stand's work.

I recently had the opportunity to sit down with author and illustrator John Miller, a senior at the Greater Lawrence Technical School in Andover. John was diagnosed with autism at the age of five. As a young boy, he played by creating characters his hands and created Handom, a community with more than 30 characters. Later, he told his mother, Lauren, about this strange and exciting world, and she encouraged him to write down his story. With the help of local author and family friend Sherry Cerino, as well as his mom, John worked on capturing his story and turning it into a children’s book, Adventures in Handom.

The book’s main characters defeat evil by being kind and working together as a family. John’s story is quite inspirational; he grew up an avid reader, and today he teaches writing classes to young children and has held more than 700 events reading to the public. John is particularly proud of the children who come up to him and tell him that they too are on the autism spectrum and hope to write a book someday. To learn more about John or to purchase his book visit

Check out my interview with John.

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