Heather Eckner is the founder and Executive Director of A2IDEAS. She holds a BS in Accounting from the Pennsylvania State University and MA in Education from Ursuline College. Heather has general education classroom teaching experience comprising the inclusion of special education students. She is the parent of two children who receive special education services and supports.
Heather initially began advocating for her son with early intervention at 12 months old with an Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) that has continued through elementary school Individualized Education Program (IEP). Starting in 2011, Heather began efforts toward affecting systemic change through various volunteer roles by serving on school committees and executive boards, collaborating in advisory groups, and by helping individual families.
Over the past several years, Heather has actively pursued continuing education by attending professional development workshops and advocacy training in addition to statewide conferences and national speaker series. Her extensive knowledge includes eligibility and continuum of services in Special Education with an emphasis in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Heather is passionate about furthering evidence-based inclusive practices to support individuals with disabilities in education and the greater community.
Outside of her advocacy work, Heather loves to spend time with her husband and kids exploring the Ann Arbor area. They take many of trips to the YMCA, Hands on Museum, and all of the great local parks!
Heather is proud of the Board of Directors who enthusiastically support the mission of A2IDEAS.