Amy J. Machado, M.A., BCBA (She/Her)
Amy has worked with individuals with Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities for over 20 years in home, school, community, and clinic settings. She earned bachelor’s degrees in Health and Education, and a master’s degree in Teaching with an emphasis in Special Education from Belmont University. Additionally, she earned a post graduate certification in Behavior Analysis from Florida Institute of Technology.
Amy has extensive experience working directly with individuals with disabilities of all ages and has spent the latter part of her career creating innovative programs to assist young adults with the transition into adulthood. Amy has authored the Rooted In Connection curricula that teaches comprehensive sex education with an emphasis on relationships, social boundaries, assertiveness, and abuse prevention for individuals with disabilities of all ages (Youth through Adult).
Amy's drive to reduce sexual exploitation stems from her direct work with countless individuals and families who have shared their personal stories of exposure, assault and sexual abuse. Throughout her career as a Behavior Analyst, she has worked with many individuals and families seeking information about relationships and how to connect with others. From their experiences and their desire for social autonomy, she is dedicated to making STC an inclusive place for people with disabilities to learn invaluable information about connecting with others appropriately and safely.
In addition to handling STC operations, Amy conducts trainings and workshops throughout the state for parents and professionals on social-sexual topics including abuse awareness and risk reduction through education.