Founder, Executive Director, Advocate, Public Speaker, Researcher, and Mom.
Camille Proctor is a remarkable advocate, dedicated mother, and a driving force behind autism awareness and inclusion initiatives. Her journey into advocacy began in 2008 when her son received an autism spectrum disorder diagnosis shortly after turning two. Faced with the challenge of finding support services for her family, Camille recognized a significant disparity within the black community regarding autism awareness and resources.
In response, she took action. In 2009, Camille Proctor founded The Color of Autism Foundation, a U.S. Non-Profit (501 c3) organization committed to educating and assisting African American families affected by autism spectrum disorders. The foundation’s mission is to empower families by helping them identify the early warning signs of autism, enabling them to become their child’s best advocate. By providing culturally competent support and training, Camille and her foundation aim to improve outcomes for children in underserved communities on the autism spectrum.
Camille’s advocacy extends beyond the autism community. She has served as a diversity and inclusion advisor for both television and film, contributing to more inclusive storytelling in the entertainment industry.
Her dedication to raising autism awareness has also taken her to international platforms. Camille Proctor, Founder and Executive Director of The Color of Autism Foundation (COA), has been a dedicated collaborator and facilitator of Guaranty Trust Holding Company PLC’s (GTCO) Annual Autism Conference since 2018. Guaranty Trust Holding Company (GTCO) headquartered in Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria is a leading financial institution known for its commitment to excellence and innovation in the banking industry. GTCO is renowned for its corporate social responsibility initiatives, including the Annual Autism Conference. The conference is a significant gathering that brings together experts, advocates, and families to raise awareness and share insights about autism.
Camille Proctor’s commitment to advocating for marginalized communities has earned her significant recognition. In September 2020, she was appointed by Governor Gretchen Whitmer to the Michigan State Disability Council, supporting people with developmental disabilities in achieving their life dreams.
Camille’s voice is not confined to conferences and councils alone. She authored a CNN Essay titled “For the Walter Wallaces of the world, the police are not the answer” in October 2020, shedding light on pressing societal issues.
Camille Proctor’s passion for education and advocacy extends to research. In March 2022, she co-authored a research paper titled “A culturally grounded autism parent training program with Black parents.”
Her dedication to diversity, equity, and inclusion is evident in her achievements. She obtained a Diversity Equity and Inclusion Certificate from Cornell University in January 2023.
Camille’s tireless efforts were further recognized when she received the Boris L. Henson 2023 Joy Award, acknowledging her outstanding contributions to advocacy and inclusion.
In September 2023, Proctor received a significant appointment to the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC). This federal advisory committee plays a crucial role in coordinating federal activities and providing advice to the HHS Secretary on autism-related issues. Camille’s role in the committee is instrumental in shaping policy and research related to autism.
In November 2023, she was named a Crain’s Detroit Business Notable Leader in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
Camille Proctor’s journey is an inspiring testament to the power of advocacy, education, and inclusion. Her unwavering commitment to making a difference in the lives of individuals and families affected by autism is a beacon of hope and change.