Jeff Blackwood

Name: Jeff Blackwood
Role / Credential: Autism Entrepreneur, Leader
Special Learning’s Designation: Panelist
Company Name:New Frontier Mobile Diagnostics
Company URL: https://newfrontiermd.com/
Ability to Contribute: Jeff Blackwood is currently the CEO at New Frontier Mobile Diagnostics, based in Kansas City, MO, forging a new frontier in diagnostic care for seniors, individuals with disabilities, and rural communities. New Frontier Mobile Diagnostics brings critical diagnostic services to communities of need, pairing specialists with state-of-the-art portable medical technology.

By bringing services to local patient care centers, NFMD eliminates the need for costly and dangerous medical transportation, while ensuring that patients get the treatment they need regardless of where they are located.

Bio: When Jeff first joined the Advisory Board of Invirtua, he was the co-founder, CEO and President of ABPathfinder, responsible for the strategic vision for the company. Jeff’s passion for helping children combined with his management skills drove him to be a founder of ABPathfinder, seizing the opportunity to positively affect the lives of children on the autism spectrum. Jeff serves on the board of Integrated Behavioral Therapies (a Kansas therapy center offering therapy services to children with autism in rural settings) and is Vice President of Autism Society-The Heartland. In addition, Jeff serves as the Kansas State Representative for the Autism Society of America. 

Being an RBT for me was extremely fun because where were you going to find a place where you can be completely silly without having to worry what people thought about you? This was the only job that made me feel like I could make a dramatic difference while being myself.

I also liked to be surrounded by people that had the same goals of wanting to help kids and the teamwork made the job much easier and more enjoyable.

Change and progress was the ultimate goal for our kiddos. The early intervention program was seriously only a miracle because I saw changes in the kiddos that from day one, you wouldn’t even recognize who they were.

Changes from being able to utter 3-4 words where they can only make a syllable from when they started, the behavior decreases in which kiddo that used to engage in 30-40 0 self-harm to only half, learning how to wait during games, table work where they use to swipe and drop to the floor if they had to.

My favorite was when the parents would tell us what amazing progress they were making at home. I used to tear up and felt for these parents so much because it was already difficult for them and now, they can trust and rely on ABA and the therapists knowing their goal was ours.

By Emma Rogers, BA, RBT

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