Linda Walder Fiddle is the Founder and Executive Director of The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation (DJF), a national Autism organization focused on adults. The mission of the volunteer-run organization is to develop, advocate for and fund programs that create innovative ways for the diverse population of adults living with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) to participate in and contribute to community life. The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation Signature Programs developed and funded by the DJF Foundation can be found throughout the United States and include residential, vocational, educational and recreational opportunities that are blueprints for replication in grassroots communities throughout the world. In addition, Linda is recognized as a “social entrepreneur” and has created and brought to fruition a wide range of initiatives that enhance the lives of people on the spectrum and foster awareness. The vision of the DJF Foundation is for all adults on the spectrum to have opportunities that honor their individuality. This is the goal Linda had for her own son Danny who passed away at age 9 and in whose memory The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation is named. http://djfiddlefoundation.org/
Linda has received numerous honors for her accomplishments on behalf of the Autism community that have recently included a Russ Berrie Award for Making a Difference, the Jefferson Award for Public Service, and honors from the New Jersey Coalition of Inclusive Ministries and ASAH, New Jersey’s association of special education private schools and agencies. Linda also received Redbook magazine’s “Strength & Spirit” Award and was featured, as one of the five most inspirational women in the United States . She has been recognized before the New Jersey legislature for her humanitarian efforts that “exemplify a standard of excellence towards which others should strive.” In September 2011, Linda received the “Seeds of Hope” award for her leadership in the field of Autism and was featured in NJ Monthly Magazine’s September, 2011 issue. In March 2012, United States Senator Robert Menendez honored Linda with the “Evangelina Menendez Trailblazer Award,” for her pioneering work on behalf of the Autism community.
Walder Fiddle is currently a member of the national Board of Directors of the Autism Society and is a founder of Advancing Futures for Adults with Autism, a national consortium of Autism organizations focusing on adult issues. She is also dedicated to humanitarian efforts around the world from New Orleans to Cambodia and serves as Vice President of the Board of Trustees at Barnert Temple.