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John Barton

Vista Volunteer

John has worked directly with at-risk, disabled, & disadvantaged youth in rural and impoverished communities across West Virginia for 20+ years.

As the parent of three neurodiverse teens, John has extensive experience identifying and addressing the needs of neurodivergent youth, particularly in terms of identifying barriers and solutions.

He holds a Master of Arts in School Counseling from Marshall University and a Bachelor’s in Education with certifications in English, Speech, and Theatre from Concord University.

 

John also has extensive training and experience with Co-Teaching, Precision Teaching, Crisis Response & Intervention, Arts in Education, and Differentiated Instruction.

 

Diagnosed with Autism as an adult, he has personal experience with the struggle to find treatment and support when access is limited and options are few.

Diagnosed with Autism as an adult, he has personal experience with the struggle to find treatment and support when access is limited and options are few.

 

John currently volunteers as a disability advocate and provides training in Resilience, Relaxation Techniques, Acting, and Sword Fighting. He has also organized dozens of social skills gaming events for neurodiverse youth since 2016. John is driven to improve mental health awareness, acceptance, and accessibility for area youth.