Founder & CEO
Randa Habelrih is the founder of Autism MATES, a grassroots NFP supporting young autistic people, developing their talents, so they can succeed in an area of their interest. Her work is integral in changing the way businesses, communities and schools interact with young autistic people. When her son Richard came home from school, after being mercilessly tormented again for being different, Randa was moved to do something about it. Her work includes staging events that empower young autistic people to have a voice, a platform to self-advocate, educate and participate in their community. All with an aim of shifting from a mindset of victimhood and hopelessness to one of empowerment and achievement. Randa strives towards creating brighter futures for children and young people living with autism (and their families/siblings and communities).
Among her accolades, Randa was named gold winner in Not for Profit category in the 2022 AusMumpreneur Awards.
She is also the recipient of the following Stevie Awards:
2022 Silver – AutismMATES Organization of the Year – Gov/NonProfit
2022 Silver – RANDA HABELRIH AUTISM MATES Female Executive of the Year – Gov/NonProfit
2022 Silver – RANDA HABELRIH AUTISM MATES Social Change Maker of the Year – Disability
2022 Silver – RANDA HABELRIH AUTISM MATES Woman of the Year – Gov/Non-Profit
2022 Bronze – RANDA HABELRIH AUTISM MATES Female Thought Leader of the Year – Gov/Non-Profit
2022 Bronze- RANDA HABELRIH AUTISM MATES Female Innovator of the Year – Gov/Non-Profit
2017 Gold in the Women in Business Stevie Awards for ‘Women Helping Women’ and Silver for ‘Best New Product or Service’
2022 Community Service Award for ‘Dedicated Service to the Community : from The office of Federal Member for Kingsford-Smith The Hon Matt Thistlethwaite
Randa has also served on the following Boards:
NSW Family Advocacy
The Autism Community Network
St Michael’s Meals (Founder and Founding Chair)