Angela Donley, BS
Statewide Autism Family Support Coordinator and Central Regional Coordinator
Oklahoma Family Network
Angela Donley, BS, received a degree in Agriculture, never thinking her path would change so dramatically over the years. Her son, Jackson, was diagnosed with autism at the age of 20 months, beginning her journey in advocacy, family support and professional trainings. A 2015 OKLEND fellow, Angela works for the Oklahoma Family Network as the Statewide Autism Family Support Coordinator and Central Regional Coordinator, and represents family perspectives on multiple statewide policy advisory boards. She participated in the curriculum development process for SAME/FAME and taught as a Family Advocate Medical Educator in the pilot year of the course.

Presenting at the Nexus Summit:

Themes addressed: (themes 1, 2, & 3) When patient and families are engaged members of interprofessional health care teams, an elevated level of interprofessional clinical care is possible. To train healthcare professionals who are able to engage patients and families in patient-centered and family-centered health care teams, patient-family-caregivers must be partners in pre-service education (Theme 1). Simulated patient care experiences provide pre-service learners with safe and practical methods to gain knowledge, skills, and helpful attitudes toward patients-families-caregivers (Theme 3…