As a teenager, Margalit Sturm Francus was asked by a daily newspaper as to what her plans and intentions were for the future. Like many of us, she responded with typical adolescent enthusiasm, “I would love to be a doctor, a writer, an advocate for the needy, and possibly a politician.”
Born in Vienna, Austria to Romanian parents, Margalit was educated in London, Tel Aviv, and Bucharest. From a young age, she benefited from exploring the European continent, learning to appreciate the different cultures while still in her schooling. She graduated high school at the age of sixteen, studied English literature, and continued to get a doctoral degree in dentistry. After graduation, she worked for several years as a dentist for special needs patients in the prestigious Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem, Israel.
Currently, Margalit is living in sunny Southern California with her husband of twenty years and her two teen sons, one of whom is on the autistic spectrum. Having been raised since infancy in a multicultural environment, she has exposed and educated her children about the world through extensive travel over the last decade. In 2009, Margalit Francus established a nonprofit website, Autistic Globetrotting, to inspire and encourage autistic families to explore the world. Her articles have appeared in many media publications, including Travelingmom.com ,The friendship circle Blog.SATH, Autisable, and Blogher.By communicating with both the autistic and travel communities, she aims to raise autism awareness and facilitate the implementation of much-needed accommodations for special needs travelers.