South Jersey Women in Business Wednesday: Danielle Ryer

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South Jersey Family Women in Business Wednesday, August 21 Danielle Ryer of Ryer Autism & Mental Health Services

South Jersey Family absolutely loves to help local businesses to thrive and grow. An entrepreneur myself, I’ve seen and experienced first-hand how beneficial it can be to support and promote those that hustle and put in the effort to make their businesses successful!  In this installment of “South Jersey Women in Business Wednesday,” we’re interviewing Danielle Ryer. Without giving away too much information, as a veteran Special Education teacher, I love that I can include a local businesswoman that has the ability to positively impact the special needs community in our Women in Business Series. If you would like to be included in this series, please email South Jersey Family and we’ll in in contact with you shortly!

Where are you from?

Camden County, NJ

What’s the name of your business and what does your business offer?

Ryer Autism & Mental Health Services offers individual, family, and group coaching & support groups. I also specialize in presenting to large audiences about autism spectrum disorder.

How long have you been in business?

Advocacy & side-gigs for around 8 years, self-owned business begun early 2019.

How did you get involved with your business?

After years of being in empowerment advocacy and the counseling field, I realized I connect really well with other people on the autism spectrum, as a mentor/adult diagnosed on the spectrum. I helping them break out of their shells and let their lights shine. As a businesswoman, I collaborate with social work agencies, while building my own business. Because I work for myself, I have more agency in how services are both delivered and billed. I don’t do traditional week-to-week scheduling, but rather as-needed.

What do you enjoy about your business?

I appreciate that I have the freedom to provide a social service at a rate that I can control, because I’m an independent businesswoman. I know that traditional mental health and advocacy services are expensive, so I try to keep my rates affordable and stay flexible. I can work whenever my clients need me!

What is the most challenging part of your business?

The most challenging part of my business is setting clients free – showing them that they can live without my support, but that I’m always here if they fall upon a hard time.

How do you balance work and family time?

I balance work and family time by setting limits on the amount of coaching sessions I take on, enough to allow me to spend time achieving my own goals and recharging my batteries!

Where do you see yourself, with your business, in 5 years?

South Jersey Women in Business Wednesday Danielle RyerI hope to be traveling and providing public speeches educating people about autism services.

What makes you stand out from others in your line of work?

I don’t work for an agency, and I myself am on the spectrum, so I can give insights based on what it is like based on my interpretation of someone else’s experience, informed by my own experience, observations, anecdotes, and research.

What do you like to do for fun?

Karate, crocheting/crafting, radio broadcasts/podcasting, gaming, acting, stand-up, volunteering, counseling, researching, reading, writing, bonding with animals, and spending time with friends. I’m a happy person that finds fun in whatever I am doing.

Anything else we should know?

I’m an autistic self-advocate. Master of Social Work Graduate Student, radio personality, stand-up comic, coach & supervision staff at Garden State Discovery Museum, Crisis Counselor at Crisis Text Line.

Thank you, Danielle, for being one of our featured South Jersey Women in Business!

If you would like to contact Danielle Ryer for her services, you may e-mail her at asdquestion@gmail.com or call her at 856-282-0192. Danielle currently has a social media presence on Facebook and on her website. Be sure to tell her that South Jersey Family sent you!

South Jersey Family will be featuring at least one local business woman a week on Wednesdays. If you are interested in being featured, please e-mail South Jersey Family ASAP so that we can get the information over to you and get you on the schedule.

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