Hi, I’m Amy Zhu. I’m originally from New Jersey, then grew up in Clemson, SC and I now live in Anderson, SC. I attended Oral Roberts University and earned my BA degree in Elementary Education in 1981. I taught school for 9 years, working with all grade levels 1-6. I knew I wanted to get more specialized and work with special needs, so I obtained a teaching certificate in Learning Disabilities at Lander University summer 1993 and subsequently became an early interventionist with the Anderson DSN Board in August 1993. For 2 ½ years, I was an early interventionist working with children with special needs from 0-5, working with them in developmental play and learning. Then I had my own child with special needs in 1996. A few months later I went back to work again in the special needs field, working as a case manager to continue to help people with intellectual disabilities and autism from 3 years old to adult to find supports they need to function as fully as possible in their communities and homes. What an incredibly rewarding job I have. I really love what I do! I’m grateful that I have the privilege of helping people this way. I help people get funding and services that they need to reach their potential and find a fulfilling pathway in life no matter what age. I understand and support family members of people with disabilities.