Karen Sorab, OBE – Founder of BeyondAutism
Karen Sorab is the mother of Alex, who has autism. Before her daughter’s 3rd birthday Karen was told that Alex would probably never learn to communicate. With no suitable school locally, Karen collaborated with parents who shared a common need for specialist education for their children.
She set up the first school as a registered charity in 2000. From its inception Karen has driven the growth of the school and the charity and transformed it from a small classroom for 3 pupils into the successful and highly regarded educational charity that it is today. Karen worked unpaid as the Chief Executive of BeyondAutism until September 2015 and sat as Chair of Trustees until her retirement in April 2022.