Dr. Linda Barboa is an award winning autism advocate. She holds degrees in speech pathology and audiology, psychology, and early childhood education. She is an experienced speech-language pathologist, with a background as a special education director, director of a center for autism, and university professor. She has worked as an educator in the United States and Europe. Dr. Barboa currently resides in Battlefield, Missouri with her husband, Mike. Dr. Barboa is the founder of Stars for Autism, Inc. Dr. Barboa is the author of 14 books about autism, and is the founder of the non-profit organization "Stars for Autism." She is the author of the award wining program that resulted in Battlefield, Missouri being proclaimed the "First Autism Friendly City in Missouri.