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Holland center Congratulations to Jennifer VanDerHorst-Larson of Holland Center for the great press in the New York Times. You might recall Jennifer as the winner of the Age of Autism Post Item in the Autism One auction last May. She wrote: Is He High Functioning?

Read Brent Bower's full article on The Holland Center HERE.

Most entrepreneurs gauge success in numbers like dollars and market share. Jennifer VanDerHorst-Larson measures it, in part, in the words her son speaks and writes.

Ms. VanDerHorst-Larson is the founder of two technology companies that she expects to have combined revenue this year of $50 million and, she says, have bright prospects for 2010. But for six years, she has also lavished her entrepreneurial skills on a different sort of venture — a nonprofit organization whose guiding purpose is to help her 9-year-old son, Cade, and other children deal with autism.

In my final three columns in this space — the last one is to appear in early December — I am revisiting some of the entrepreneurs I have profiled in the last two and a half years. In September 2007, Ms. VanDerHorst-Larson described her efforts to cope with her son’s autism by creating the nonprofit Holland Center in Excelsior, Minn., for young children with the disorder.

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Jennifer Larson

Thank you To AoA for posting this article, and thank you all for the extremely kind comments. I am very lucky to have amazing people at all my organizations. My staff helps make it possible for me to use my "hyperactivity" as a blessing:) Thank you again everyone.

Autism Grandma

Oh My God is right!!! Here I sit just trying to find enough strength to read Age of Autism at the end of the day and this incredibly amazing Super Woman probably just stepped into the phone booth and will emerge, cape flying, as she swoops down to save some more children with autism... faster than a speeding bullet, able to leap tall buildings in a single bound...at midnight no less after working all day long at her regular job (a mild mannered reporter for the Daily Planet)



Thank you for spotlighting Jennifer VanDerHorst-Larson's enormous life-improving accomplishments. I pray that her healing endeavors reach full fruition not just in Minnesota, but wherever she reaches -- across the country, and across the ocean.


Great article. How on earth do you do it? Multiple children? ASD? Running a 50Million empire? Running the Holland Center. OMG.

Forget Warrior Mom. How about Multi-Tasking Goddess/My Hero?

PJ Carroll

This is a great article about an incredible woman. Jennifer truly personifies the term "Warrior Mom", and should inspire all of us to keep doing whatever it takes to heal our children.

I wonder what kind of spin Donald McNeil would put on this?? But I guess we needn't worry - he wouldn't be able to keep up if he tried to follow Jen around for a few days!

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