Debra Vines, The Answer Inc.

CNN Heroes 2022

One in 44 American children is believed to be on the autism spectrum, but studies have shown that Black and Brown children, on average, are diagnosed later than White children, and are less likely to access critical assistance, due in part to racial bias and cultural stigma. Debra Vines is working to change all of that. Vines struggled to get support and resources when her son Jason was diagnosed with autism. Now, her nonprofit, The Answer Inc., provides families in underserved areas in and around Chicago with the support, services and community education they need to thrive.


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Debra Vines 
Forest Park, IL
Answer Inc (39-2054814) 
Registered nonprofit
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