Dr. Harold “Hackie” Reitman is an entrepreneur, philanthropist, children’s activist, and neurodiversity advocate. He is…
Ana Anselma is the co-founder of the Social Mind Center in Davie, Florida. She is also the mother of
Karina Barley M.Ed. founder of Project Autism Australia/USA, is an internationally recognized educational consultant specializing in the needs of children with autism and their families. She has over 25 years of expertise as an educator, private one-on-one consultant, course developer and educational technology specialist.
Sarah Collins is the mother and principle carer of 4 children, 3 of whom have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders. She is also the Owner and Founder of Autism CAER and provide effective information and training courses for those who care for individuals with Autism.
Tarita Davenock is the founder of Travel For All, a travel agency dedicated to facilitating truly inclusive travel. Diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis at the age of 29, Tarita believes everyone has the right to travel.
Anlor Davin is autistic, and the author of “Being Seen”. During Anlor’s childhood, her native France was in the grip of oppressive and now discredited theories about autism. Anlor instinctively knew she had to flee France in order to survive. She was diagnosed at age 46, a life-changing and life-saving event she traces to her Zen practice of the years preceding. With proper medical care and many other supports her life improved unexpectedly and dramatically. This healthy outcome and Anlor’s later fullness of life give her a secure place to stand and reflect with greater clarity on her journey. She now lives near San Francisco with her partner, her son living nearby.
Susan Kahn – Inspired by her experience as a parent and by her fascination with language, Ms. Kahn spent over forty years changing and improving lives. She taught for twenty-five years in Arlington, MA as a special needs, public school educator. The International Dyslexia Association honored Susan with an Orton Oaks membership for her many years of service.
Raun Kaufman is the former CEO and current Director of Global Education of The Son-Rise Program, and author of “The Autism Breakthrough.” Diagnosed as non-verbal, severly autistic, and with an I.Q. under 30, Raun’s parents, Barry Neil Kaufman and Samahria Lyte Kaufman, instead developed The Son-Rise Program and worked with him until he overcame these diagnoses.
Ron Large is the author of “Larger Lessons,” and is an educator that travels around the nation sharing his methods of teaching those traditional education methods have failed.
Judge Ginger Lerner-Wren is a County Court Judge in The Criminal Division of the 17th Judicial Circuit, Broward County of Florida. She is also an Adjunct Professor at Nova Southeastern University’s Criminal Justice Institute. Judge Lerner-Wren is a pioneer of America’s first mental health court, dedicated to the decriminalization of people with mental illness.
Debra Muzikar, co-founder of The Art of Autism, and organization dedicated to highlighting the art of the neurodiverse. She is also the mother of a son on the spectrum.
Carolyn Naifeh is Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Nashville IDD Housing Group. She has nearly 15 years of experience in international broadcasting and 15 years in non-profit management, predominantly with organizations working with special needs. She holds a BA in English and an MA in Latin American Studies from Vanderbilt University.
William Packard, Ph.D. is the author of “Intellectual Disability and the Criminal Justice System: Solutions through Collaboration.”. He is a licensed clinician holding a doctorate degree in psychoanalysis. He has devoted a significant part of his thirty-five year career to the fields of intellectual disability and forensic mental health. Dr. Packard is one of the original founding members of the Community Crisis Intervention Team in Massachusetts where he continues to play an active role.
Catherine Pascuas is an autism specialist and founder of Edx Autism Consulting, providing training and consultation to families and organizations that support individuals with autism. Her work with families aims to create optimal outcomes for long-term high quality or life. Catherine is also the producer and host of The Autism Show Podcast, a weekly interview show with top autism experts and changemakers (including Temple Grandin, Areva Martin, and Tania Marshall).
Ron Sandison – Sandison has a Master of Divinity from Oral Roberts University and Charisma House. He is an advisory board member of Autism Society Faith Initiative of Autism Society of American. Sandison is the author of the book A Parent’s Guide to Autism: Practical Advice, Biblical Wisdom. He has over 10,000 Scriptures memorized including 22 complete books of the New Testament.
Dr. Matthew H. Schneps is an astrophysicist at M.I.T. and a founding member of the Science Education Department at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA). He is also the founder of the Lab for Visual Learning.
Stephen Shore is an author and autism awareness advocate. Stephen was diagnosed as non-verbal and autistic at the age of 4, when doctors suggested his parents institutionalize him. Since then he has gone on an amazing journey that has led him to speaking on behalf of autism and neurodiversity in 49 countries and all but one continent. Stephen, now a professor at Adelphi University, is also a board member for Autism Speaks.
Jim Sporleder is the former principle of Lincoln High School in Walla Walla, Washington. That school and Jim’s tenure there are the subject of the new documentary “Paper Tiger.”
Michael Tolleson is an autistic savant artist. Diagnosed later in life, he discovered an ability to create gallery-worthy paintings in a matter of minutes. He also travels around the country displaying his amazing gift and talking about autism.
Derek Volk is the author of “Chasing The Rabbit,” host of The Derek Volk Show, and father of a son with Asperger’s Syndrome.
Elizabeth Wilkinson – Elizabeth “Eli” Wilkinson founded The Dyslexic Dyslexia Consultant in January 2007. She, herself has dyslexia, and she founded Dyslexia information Day on 2008. “Eli” combines her 16 years of professional dyslexia experience with her 44 years of personal dyslexia experiences to bring you services for the benefit of us all.
Dr. Allen Wong is professor and director of Hospital Dentistry Program at the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry. He has a true passion for treating people with medical problems and disabilities. From participating in service projects in college and dental school, to his current role as director of Hospital Dentistry at Pacific, to volunteering in his free time, Allen has been caring for the vulnerable population of people with developmental disabilities for nearly 25 years.