I tend to geek out when I see a Japanese or a Japanese American mentioned in articles for doing good deeds or for achieving success. But I REALLY go nuts when that person is a friend.
Julie Azuma was the focus of a recent article in Forbes, “How to Turn Trouble into Profit.” The “trouble” is the frustration Azuma felt after her daughter, whom she and her husband, Tamio Spiegel, the Executive Director of The Gohan Society, adopted from Korea, was diagnosed with autism. Resources for learning materials aimed at autistic children were hard for Azuma to find, which led her to the “profit”: creating her company, Different Roads to Learning, an online store specifically targeted for the autism spectrum that “has 550 products and more than $2 million in sales.”
Read Azuma’s remarkable story of how she turned frustration into a business that helps countless parents who share her situation here.
Not only is Julie Azuma active in the Japanese and Japanese American community in New York, she’s a business owner contributing to society as a whole. Congrats, Julie!