iversenPortia Iversen is an autism advocate and published author (Strange Son) who has dedicated her life to bringing parents and scientists together to speed research work in the field of autism. Portia Iversen, an Emmy Award-winning art director, has been an advocate for autism research since her son Dov was diagnosed with the condition in 1994.

Together with her husband, Jon Shestack, she established the Cure Autism Now Foundation (CAN), one of the largest nongovernmental funding resources for autism research worldwide.

Portia has served on a number of private and public research boards including serving as an NIMH grant reviewer, she has co-authored a number of research papers and has studied molecular biology and neuroscience in a variety of courses.  Portia also founded the International Meeting For Autism Research IMFAR and continues to give talks around the world about autism.