Susan Glairon Headshot

Susan Glairon started an inclusion revolution in the Boulder Jewish Community and greatly increased awareness around inclusion in that community, with ripples reaching faith communities in Denver and beyond.  She has created highly successful events, bringing in national speakers and trainers.  She also started the first Jewish Parent Support Group in the area.  She successfully advocated for her son, (who was greatly impacted by autism),  through his college years, and he now lives an increasingly  independent lifestyle,  working as a software engineer and living in a Boulder apartment with roommates who assist him with independent living skills.  Susan is also an award-winning  journalist with more than 15 years experience as a newspaper reporter and freelance writer, and her writing has earned 14 local and national awards. Her articles have appeared in The New York Times, Denver PostRocky Mountain News, Boulder Daily Camera and Longmont Times-Call newspapers and a variety of national magazines.  Her radio pieces have been heard on AARP Prime Time Radio, KGNU (Boulder/Denver), and KRCC (Colorado Springs).  Susan enjoys running, gardening, spending time with her family and international travel.  She has budget traveled with her husband and two children (from diapers to now in their 20s) to 27 countries including  Thailand, Vietnam, Honduras  and Guatemala.  She also helped her teenage daughter fundraise and then deliver a spinning wheel and loom to a rural village in Kenya; the Kenyan women are now selling their woven products! Her New York Times article about a Maasai tent camp near Maasai Mara National Reserve has attracted travelers from all over the world to the camp, and proceeds from tourism were used to build and fund a school for girls escaping genital mutilation. As a volunteer, she helped bring Sudanese refugees to settle in Boulder, Colorado and organizes a group whose mission is to create a housing co-op for young adults with autism.