The Winston Knolls School Announces the Recipient of the 2017 Margaret Bancroft Distinguished Leadership Award

For Immediate Release
November 15, 2016

(Hoffman Estates, IL) The Winston Knolls School, announced today, Orland Park resident, Barbara T. Doyle, the 2017 recipient of the Margaret Bancroft Distinguished Leadership Award. Barbara has Bachelor of Science degrees from Illinois State University in Elementary Education and Special Education and a Master of Science degree in Business Management from National Louis University in Human Resource Development.

Barbara T. Doyle is an author, educator, keynote presenter, and consultant with 45 years of experience. Barbara’s goals are inclusive communities in which everyone can belong, contribute, communicate, participate, and be safe. The focus of her career has been children and adults with autism spectrum disorder, autism with hearing and/or vision impairment, autism with mental health issues, intellectual/developmental disabilities, deafness, and deaf blindness. Ms. Doyle provides training and consultation services in many areas such as early intervention programs, schools, families, advocacy groups, the child welfare system, mental health programs and law enforcement / legal system, just to name a few. With her sister, Emily D. Iland, MA, Barbara is the co-author of the award-winning book, “Autism Spectrum Disorders from A to Z”, a comprehensive autism manual for staff and families published in both English and Spanish.

Mrs. Doyle is a founding Board member of the Illinois Assistive Technology Program, a federally and state funded program that provides information, technical assistance, training, device loans and cash loan programs to the citizens of Illinois. Additionally, Barbara has been the recipient of many distinguished honors throughout her career:
• Exceptional Parent Magazine Symbol of Excellence, 2017
• Winner of the Autism Society of America Book of the Year award, 2006 Literary work for “Autism Spectrum Disorders from A to Z”
• Los Trastornos del Espectro de Autismo de la A a la Z, the Spanish-language version of “Autism Spectrum Disorders from A to Z”: Winner of the Autism Society of America’s 2006 Outstanding Literary Work of the Year
• Judevine Center for Autism Educated Heart Award, 2003
• Sertoma International Service to Mankind Award, 1976

The Margaret Bancroft Distinguished Leadership Award will be presented at the Annual Awards Dinner on Monday, January 16, 2017, at 6:00 PM. The event will be held at the Metropolis Ballroom in Arlington Heights, Illinois. Individual tickets are $85 and a table of ten can be purchased for $850. Please go to or call 630-283-5046 for additional information and to purchase tickets.

About The Winston Knolls School: The Winston Knolls School is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization certified by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) as a non-public special education school that services children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, PDD-NOS, emotional/behavioral disorders, specific learning disabilities, developmental disabilities, and other health impairments.