We had the good fortune of connecting with Crystal Sanford and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Crystal, you love what you do. It’s clear to anyone who knows you. Why and what about your work do you love so much?
Special needs parents are often overwhelmed, anxious, and confused about their child’s education. I love what I do because I have the privilege of empowering fellow special needs parents along their education journey with their child. To see parents experience hope again regarding their child and to be apart of that process is priceless.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Sanford Autism Consulting was established in November 2016. My goal was to empower fellow Autism parents throughout California with knowledge and hope. My business has evolved since that time and now I am focusing my skills and experience by providing parent education classes and special education advocacy for parents whose children attend public school. I still support primarily parents of children with Autism. However, I am available to support parents whose children have any type of special needs. To get to where I am now in my consulting practice, it has taken lots of time invested and faith even when nothing appears to be changing. Being consistent regardless of the challenges of running a business has been key for me over the past four years. “Showing up” via social media, emails, phone calls, etc. has helped me to stay top of mind with my clients and potential clients. Sanford Autism Consulting is a one of a kind consulting practice. I have the experience of working with public school districts for over 20 years. I am also a special needs parent myself, so I understand the related blessings and challenges first hand. In my business, I am able to invest my time and attention to each of my clients, helping them to persistently pursue what’s best for their child at school.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
So, I love San Diego! After moving here 16 years ago, I now feel like somewhat of a native. Some of the best places to visit are the La Jolla tide pools, followed by a yummy meal of their signature French toast at Brockton Villa. There is also a great land and water tour that leaves from Seaport Village as well as taking a walk around Old Town to explore San Diego history. Balboa Park is a definite tourist pleaser. It’s especially beautiful there in the spring and summer. A brisk hike up Cowles Mountain is great, as well as taking in the view of the city at Mount Helix. Some of my other favorite eating spots are Purple Mint (vegan) and the El Rodeo taco shop. For dessert, I love the vegan donut selection at Donut Panic.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Shout out to the USD (University of San Diego) School of Law. Each year they host a class for parents, advocates, etc. The class is led by top notch San Diego attorneys in the field of special education law. I learned so much from this class and value their time and expertise.