Linda J. Walder is the founder and executive director of The Daniel Jordan Fiddle (DJF) Foundation, a national autism organization focused on adults. The mission of the volunteer-run organization is to develop, advocate for and fund programs that create innovative ways for the diverse population of adults living with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to participate in and contribute to community life.
The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation Signature Programs can be found throughout the U.S. and include residential, vocational/employment, educational and recreational opportunities that serve as blueprints for replication in grassroots communities throughout the world.
Linda is also recognized as a “social entrepreneur” and has created and brought to fruition a wide range of initiatives that enhance the lives of people on the spectrum and foster awareness. The vision of the DJF Foundation is for all adults on the spectrum to have opportunities that honor their individuality, the same goal Linda had for her own son, Danny, who passed away at age 9 and in whose memory The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation is named.
Linda has received numerous honors for her accomplishments on behalf of the autism community. She is a member of the national board of directors of the Autism Society; a founder of Advancing Futures for Adults with Autism, a national consortium of autism organizations focused on adult issues; and was appointed to the Commission on National and Community Service by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. She also serves as an advisory board member of First Place® AZ.