Lisa Iland Hilbert ’08

This double major helps those with autism spectrum disorder.

Communicative disorders and Spanish double major Lisa Iland Hilbert ’08 finished her studies at Redlands with a Proudian honors thesis that examined how people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are viewed and treated in Argentina.

She went on to earn her master’s in speech and hearing sciences, and today frequently makes bilingual presentations—in English and Spanish—at national and international autism conferences. Lisa also helps young adults with ASD develop and apply relevant social, job and life skills through her work at Social Bridge, a Seattle-based company she founded in 2010.

“Being able to use a Google map may be more important than being able to sew on a button, or iron clothes, which are the life skills commonly found on standard assessments,” says Lisa, who co-authored Asperger's and Girls, an award-winning book that offers practical advice to women and girls who have been diagnosed with ASD.

Lisa works with a wide variety of clients, including LGBTQ individuals on the spectrum who seek her help at times of transition in their lives. She is also active in local charities, including the Seattle Children’s Autism Center Guild and the Junior League of Seattle.

Her connection with the University of Redlands remains strong. “There are so many things young alumni like me can do to work with Redlands students and give back in a meaningful way," she says.

She provides internships for Redlands communicative disorders students, has guest lectured via Skype for a May Term autism graduate-level course, served on the Hunsaker Scholar selection committee, and recently hosted a Bulldog Summer Send-off in Seattle for incoming college freshmen.