Guidelight Group is a collective of seasoned professionals specializing in person-centered services for transition-aged teens and adults with developmental disabilities.
Together our team has decades of expertise in person-centered planning, advocacy, community resource navigation, service coordination, benefits counseling, special education and more.
We are innovators who are setting the standards of excellence for the future of disability services. We love what we do.
MEET OUR TEAM
SONNI CHARNESS, Founder
Sonni Bendetson Charness brings over a decade of experience serving teens and adults with developmental disabilities and is an expert in community integration and employment supports. Sonni leads the team at Guidelight Group and also works personally with clients.
Sonni's work on transition-to-adulthood and employment has been published in the Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation and in Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities. Sonni has been a featured expert on the Lomah podcast and as a presenter at countless conferences including TASH, the Supported Life Conference, and the Statewide Conference on Self-Determination.
Sonni is a member of the Board of Directors for California APSE, the state chapter of the nation’s leading advocacy organization promoting employment for people with disabilities. Sonni is a Certified Employment Support Professional (CESP), and is trained in Person-Centered Thinking and Independent Facilitation.
Sonni obtained her master's degree in special education at Vanderbilt University, where she specialized in transition-to-adulthood and employment outcomes for students with moderate/severe disabilities. Sonni earned her bachelor's degree in child development from Tufts University.
BRITTANY ROBINSON, director of client services
Brittany Robinson is an experienced special educator, employment specialist, and program manager who has spent the past decade helping teens and adults with disabilities and their families maximize their potential and successfully navigate the transition to adult life. Brittany brings experience as a Special Educator for middle school, high school, and transition-aged students, where she built and led cutting-edge programs to develop students’ skills and confidence. Brittany is an expert in Customized Employment, a proven approach to helping individuals with even the most complex support needs find meaningful, integrated employment and earn competitive wages. Known for her outgoing and engaging style, Brittany builds long-lasting connections with her clients. She works to guide and support her clients to help them realize their dreams and goals.
Brittany serves on the Board of Directors for California APSE, the state chapter of the nation’s leading advocacy organization promoting employment for people with disabilities. Brittany holds a B.A. in Sociology and Education from the University of Washington and an M.Ed. in Special Education with an emphasis in transition services from San Francisco State University. Brittany is certified in Person-Centered Thinking.