Who we are: What we do (and what we don't)
Navigating Autism, Inc. was created in February of 2009 as a central place where the families of
those recently diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders can come for unbiased information in
easily-understandable terms about treatment options, school expectations, Wisconsin insurance
mandates, funding opportunities for uncovered treatments, and more.
We do not endorse or recommend any particular therapy or provider, and we do not diagnose.
We've gone to great lengths to do our best to ensure that the contents of this website are free
from bias. To that end, by policy, Navigating Autism, Inc. does not accept donations or financial
contributions from any autism service provider.
All families are encouraged to use these resources, as well as others, to do their own research,
ask their own questions, and make their own decisions… with the guidance of a physician.
In March of 2011, Navigating Autism received confirmation of their 501(c)3 Federal tax exempt
As tends to be the case for many, our founding family started to have concerns regarding their
son’s development around age two.
At three, he was diagnosed as having a 'significant generalized developmental delay', and later
they discovered he had
epilepsy, which is not uncommon for children on the spectrum.
Kindergarten presented more new challenges. As a result, a new evaluation was requested. This
time he was diagnosed with
Pervasive Developmental Disorder - Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-
“We knew this diagnosis enabled him to have access to resources, but we didn't know where
those resources were or how to access them,” shared Danielle Tolzmann, current President and
Founder of Navigating Autism, Inc. “We spent years determining our first steps.”
“Resources for impacted families are frequently hidden, and not usually obvious. More than
once, we completely gave up looking for help. Looking back, it’s scary to think that we came
just one obstacle away from accepting less than we knew was possible. It was out of that
experience that we identified the need for a clear roadmap to services and resources for families
impacted by an autism diagnosis in Wisconsin.”
Navigating Autism, Inc. is the vehicle that was created to fill that need. Working to provide
families what they wish they'd have had – Navigating Autism offers a central, unbiased resource
to identify available services and provide plain-language information to families of the recently
If there is information you think is missing, please contact us so we may consider it.
Ms. Tolzmann concludes, “We don't have all of the answers, but we do hope this website
provides a meaningful place to start.”
Board of Directors
Any legitimate nonprofit needs the oversight of a well-rounded Board of Directors in order to be
successful, trustworthy and purposeful. Navigating Autism, Inc. is no different.
All Board Members and Officers volunteer their time and expertise to our mission.
Our Board of Directors currently consists of parents, a physician, a public school para-
professional services provider, and two Graduate students (one focused on neurological research,
and the other, speech therapy).
President: Danielle Tolzmann
As one of the founders of Navigating Autism, Inc, she identified the information overload that
many families experience.
In 2014, Danielle was elected President of the Autism Society of South Central Wisconsin, and also serves as a Board Member for the Autism Society of Wisconsin. Danielle has further served the autism community on the Steering Team for Wisconsin’s Community of Practice on Autism Spectrum Disorders and other Development Disabilities.
Danielle worked for the State of Wisconsin for fifteen years, and has a Certificate in Nonprofit
Management from Duke University.
She has a fourteen year old son who is currently undergoing a course of biomedical therapy
including supplements and diet modification. She is married, with two adult daughters, and a
Treasurer: Kimberly Wells – Muniz
‘Kitzi’ is a small business owner, and is active in the autism community in her county. She
organized Columbia County’s very first Walk for Autism, and assisted in the local development
of ‘Project Lifesaver’, a partnership with the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, to provide GPS
locators to eligible children on the spectrum.
Kimberly is the parent of a child with classic autism who is receiving post-intensive therapy with
an in-home provider. She is married, and also has a typically-developing daughter.
Secretary: Ralph Tolzmann
Ralph has experience as a volunteer Teacher’s Assistant at a local Elementary School, and prior
to that worked for thirteen years in purchasing for a small manufacturing firm.
He has a son with sensory processing difficulties, seizure disorder and Asperger’s Syndrome.
His son is currently undergoing a course of therapy including supplements and diet modification.