Tiffany Waddington is the original founder of the I-F Club. She also goes by a few nicknames, most notably “Tiff” and “Ms. T”. She has been working with the ASD community in different capacities since 2007. Her involvement with the Deaf community began in 2013.
In 2014, Tiffany graduated Magna Cum Laude with Honors from the University of Washington with a B.S. in Speech and Hearing Sciences. While pursuing her degree, she did research on the role of brain lateralization in dyslexia. During this time, she also worked as a peer mentor at Bellevue College in the Autism Spectrum Navigator’s program, as a mentor for private families on the Eastside, and as a caretaker for 2 ASD children.
In 2015, she began her Master’s degree in Communication Disorders and Sciences at California State University-Northridge (CSUN) via their distance learning program. This program allowed her to continue working in a research lab at the University of Washington at ILABS studying attention, specifically the ability of people to process sound in the presence of background noise. She continued her mentoring and caretaking responsibilities and started to build I-F as a way to merge all of her personal and professional interests.
In 2016, she joined the staff of Aspiring Youth and currently runs weekly social skills groups through that program.