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2016 Summer Institute Presenters and Trainers

Jacqueline Adamo 

Living a Creative Life; Leading Sunrise Yoga and the lunchtime Art/Relaxation space
Jacqueline AdamoMs. Adamo is a professionally exhibiting artist and educator who has been working with individuals with disabilities in inclusive settings for over 30 years. Her focus is providing valid art experiences for all individuals and supporting them in creating authentic art work. Recently she has earned the 200 hour Yoga instructor certification and is helping to develop a style of restorative yoga for individuals with communication, motor planning and mobility challenges.

Jack Allnut 

Jack AllnutComing Together to Support Students Who Type in School
My name is Jack Allnutt and I attend Lakelands Park Middle School in Maryland. I am going to be in eighth grade this year and easy mentioned school isn't so easy for autistics like you and me. Learning to type really opened a world often saved for neurotypical people. Spelled thoughts saved my life. When I visited Soma after years of ABA, I didn't know how my life would change. Can't always make my typing fast and can't control all favored movement, but FC specifically handed me a life just for typical people. Part of the FC pilot, servicing some determined autistics in Montgomery County Public Schools, we will assure all "real" boys and girls are worthy of an education.

Christine Ashby 

Welcomes; Closing Plenary; Mapping Communicative Support: Documentation of Augmentative and Alternative Communication Services in IEPs; Trainer; ICI Staff
Christine AshbyChristine Ashby is Associate Professor in Inclusive Education and Disability Studies at Syracuse University and the Director of the Institute on Communication and Inclusion. Her teaching and research focuses on inclusive education, with specific emphasis on communication and support for students with labels of autism and other developmental disabilities, disability studies and inclusive teacher preparation. Dr. Ashby has recent publications in Disability & Society, Teacher Education and Special Education, International Journal of Inclusive Education, Journal of Post-Secondary Education and Disability, Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Handicaps (RPSD) and Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Her forthcoming book, co-edited with Meghan Cosier, illustrates the ways that disability studies in education can inform the practical work of teaching. She is excited to bring the ICI Summer Institute to Maryland and is deeply grateful for the support of the John Hussman Foundation and the amazing energy of the typers, families, presenters and trainers gathered here.

Larry Bissonnette 

Lopping Off Old Ideas About Doing Art
Larry BissonnetteLarry Bissonnette is a disability rights advocate and artist who lives in Milton, Vermont. He has been painting and drawing since he was a young child and exhibits his art regularly both locally and nationally. His work has been most recently being featured in a 2015 solo exhibition entitled, Looking Out: The Self-Taught Art of Larry Bissonnette at the Amy Tarrant Gallery at the Flynn Center for Performing Arts in Burlington, Vermont. Larry is both the subject and writer of an award winning film about his life, called, My Classic Life as an Artist: A Portrait of Larry Bissonnette (2005). Most recently, he starred in a feature length documentary directed by Gerardine Wurzburg about adults with autism called Wretches and Jabberer (2010). In 1991, Larry learned to communicate through typing and began combining words with his art to express his thoughts and ideas. Over the past 20 years, he has been a featured presenter at many national educational conferences and has written and spoken on the topics of autism, communication and art.

Grant Blasko

Day 2 Keynote: Typing for Life: Forging Connections Across Generations of Typers
Grant is a 14 year-old nontraditional communicator. He has used both Facilitated Communication and Rapid Prompting Method, in addition to many other evidence based educational and therapeutic strategies, to achieve typing without physical or device support. Grant is a rising 8th Grader in Montgomery County, MD. He is on the honor roll and included in general education classes. His first instance of typing in 2011 set the wheels in motion for a complete lifestyle change. Inspired by other self advocates, he has presented at many events, including the Syracuse ICI Summer Institute in 2014, AutCom in 2015, and IMFAR Self Advocacy Panel in 2016. His mantra is, “I try my best to improve one thing each day. A growth mindset has also been so important for my progress. Understanding my own neurology helped me to form a sense of myself, and slowly I understood how my personality differed from my autism features. Getting to independence takes geared and occasionally grueling homework.” Grant enjoys skiing, world travel, deep conversations, and is now a self-described "foodie."

Jamie Burke 

Day 2 Keynote: Typing for Life: Forging Connections Across Generations of Typers; More Than Friendship: Navigating the Deeper Relationship as a Typer; Living a Creative Life
Jamie BurkeJamie Burke is 28 years old and a recent graduate of Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the College of Arts and Science. Jamie has used supported typing since age five, and has progressed from supported typing, to independent typing, and typing with two hands. At age 12, he became able to use his voice to read his typing, and continues to develop useful and reliable speech. He is a frequent presenter at Syracuse University School of Education. Jamie enjoys reading, theater, vintage movies, swimming, bowling, and hiking. He is a member of the National Honor Society, and serves on an Advisory Board for the Hussman Institute for Autism and is a guest co-editor for the TASH Connections Journal. Jamie continues to advocate for typed communication as a gateway to speech, literacy, and life. He is an active advocate and shares this journey at conferences and classrooms throughout the United States. He attributes much of his life’s success to years of innovative therapies, and most importantly, to full access of regular education classrooms.

Marilyn Chadwick 

Wellspring Guild: The Next Step in Building a Training Community
Marilyn Chadwick has worked extensively with families, school districts and service agencies supporting the communication needs of children and adults with severe disabilities. She has provided training on Facilitated Communication across the United States, as well as Canada, Isreal, Sri Lanka, Brazil, and Europe. She has helped develop the FCT standards and trainer curriculum. She is currently in private practice, based out of Syracuse, New York. Marilyn works within a framework of total communication and seeks to build multiple strategies toward a system of effective communication. Her more recent projects have focused on the combination of AAC/FC strategies and speaking. She has been trained in the methods of the Feldenkrais Method of somatic education, Neurologic Music Therapy, and is currently studying the Masgutova Method (MNRI). Her focus in using these various methods is to support those who cannot speak to develop speech and to independently access AAC devices for communication.

Pascal Cheng 

Wellspring Guild: The Next Step in Building a Training Community; Trainer
Pascal ChengPascal Cheng has a M. Ed. and C.A.S. in Special Education from the University of Vermont and has worked for over 30 years with children and adults with developmental disabilities in school and community settings. He currently works for the Howard Center in Burlington, Vermont as an educational and communication specialist, providing training and consultation in the areas of augmentative communication, assistive technology and literacy for children and adults with developmental disabilities. He has expertise in facilitated communication, an augmentative communication method for individuals with limited speech. As part of a national network of Master Trainers in Facilitated Communication, he works as a consultant to schools and agencies and regularly participates as a trainer in local, regional and national workshops and conferences. His professional associations involve membership on three different statewide committees: the Vermont Communication Task Force, the Vermont Autism Task Force, and the Vermont Assistive Technology Advisory Council.

Luis Columna 

Syracuse University Fit Families Program
Luis ColumnaLuis Columna, a native of San Juan Puerto Rico, is currently an Associate Professor in the Exercise Science Department at Syracuse University. He is proud to be one of a few Hispanic Physical Education faculty at a Carnegie Classified RU/H Research University. His research focuses on ways to increase the participation of families (especially Hispanic) of children with disabilities into physical activity and also his research focuses on ways to better prepare teachers to work with diverse populations. He has authored numerous peer reviewed articles for journals such as JOPERD, Journal of Teaching Physical Education, and Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly. He was a section editor for Palaestra and has co-authored two books. Columna has long been an advocate for social justice and diversity issues. His scholarly work and service activities have focused on improving physical activity opportunities for children with disabilities, particularly in Hispanic families. His work on infusing Spanish and sign language in physical education addresses an important need in the field. He is an outstanding young teacher, scholar, and leader in our profession.

Lisa Crabtree 

Community Participation: Collaborative Supports to Overcome Barriers
Lisa CrabtreeLisa Crabtree, PhD, OTR/L, has practiced for 40 years as an occupational therapist in school systems and community settings, and is Associate Professor in the department of Occupational Therapy and Occupational Science at Towson University in Maryland. Research, teaching and practice work has focused on supports and barriers related to community participation of children, youth and adults on the autism spectrum. She was the inaugural director for the Towson University Hussman Center for Adults with Autism, a center for educational and outreach programs to meet the needs of transitioning youth and young adults on the autism spectrum. She earned a doctoral degree from Nova Southeastern University, a master’s degree in special education from Syracuse University, and a bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy from Utica College of Syracuse University.

Samantha Crane 

Effective Communication and the Americans with Disabilities Act
Samantha CraneSamantha Crane is the Legal Director and Director of Public Policy at the Autistic Self Advocacy Network. She focuses on policy and legal advocacy that promotes inclusion, self-determination, and respect for the entire autistic community. Her work includes advocacy for better access to community-based services, competitive integrated employment, health care, communication supports, and other supports to enhance self-determination. Samantha is a graduate of Harvard Law School. Prior to joining ASAN, she served as a fellow at the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, a trial attorney at Quinn, Emmanuel, Urquhart, & Sullivan, LLP, and an intern at the Disability Rights Section of the Department of Justice.

Rosemary Crossley 

Concurrent session
Rosemary CrossleyI've been working with people with little or no speech of all ages and diagnoses for more than 40 years, for the past 30 years at the Anne McDonald Centre in Melbourne. Currently I'm focussing on new access strategies for people who have difficulty using keyboards, and on the inappropriateness of most of the strategies used to assess people with little or no speech.

Quin Delia

Stepping Aboard the Advocacy Train; Living a Creative Life
I type. I cannot speak. I'm a deep thinker and feel emotions strongly. My autism is who I am. I am Quin. When I turned eight, my parents learned about facilitated communication. As all parents believe in their children, mine knew I was intelligent. They knew there was more to me than what they saw. That's when I met Marilyn. She taught me how to type. It was an exciting time but also hard. Finally I could open and share my world. I had so much to say. Facilitated communication has changed everything. My journey to graduate high school all started because my parents heard me. I have a long way to go but I'm on my way. I want to go on and help others like me, just as Tracy Thresher has done for all FC users. 

Kerry Devlin 

Metronomes & Motor Skills: Music Therapy Strategies for Movement Differences
Kerry DevlinKerry Devlin, MT-BC, is a board certified music therapist and Clinical Director at Annapolis Music Therapy Services. She believes strongly in presuming competence, celebrating neurological differences through the Neurodiversity movement and using music therapy interventions to support movement differences. Kerry is passionate about collaborating with typers and RPM users as they access true communication and has worked as a music therapist at Hussman Institute for Autism, ARC of the Central Chesapeake, Anne Arundel County Public Schools and Kris’ Camp in Arizona. She is currently pursuing an MM in Music Therapy at Shenandoah University (2017), and also holds a Graduate Certificate in Music Therapy from Shenandoah University (2014) and a BM in Voice Performance from Towson University (2012). Kerry enjoys presenting at regional and national music therapy conferences on a range of professional topics, as well as connecting with other clinicians as a course instructor at Music Therapy Ed.

Brianna Dickens 

Mapping Communicative Support: Documentation of Augmentative and Alternative Communication Services in IEPs; ICI Staff
Brianna DickensBrianna is a PhD student at Syracuse University studying Special Education and Disability Studies. She works as a graduate assistant for the Inclusive Communication Institute. Brianna is committed to promoting inclusive environments and communities as well as self-advocacy.

 

Jim Donovan 

Promoting Engagement, Socialization, and Stress Reduction Using Rhythm; leading the Drum Circle on Day 2
Jim DonovanJim Donovan M.Ed., Assistant Professor at Saint Francis University, is an inspirational performer and educator who believes in the power of music to bring people together. Over the past three decades, Donovan has performed thousands of concerts and learning events across the US and Europe. As an educator, he brings his motivating brand of open-hearted, big-energy, truth-telling to every event he leads. Donovan got his start as a founding member of the 3-time platinum band Rusted Root, where he co-wrote “Send Me on My Way,” a song featured in the movie Ice Age. During his touring work with Rusted Root, he shared stages with rock legends such as Carlos Santana and Led Zeppelin among others. He is the author of the book Drum Circle Leadership and offers evidence-based training to organizations that teach people how to lead group music-making to support wellness and social connection for those with ASD.

Janine Guncic 

Trainer
Janine is a private FC communication consultant who provides coaching and training to individuals and their teams. Janine also supports a young man in a private inclusive school setting in Whittier, California.

Katie Heath 

Mapping Communicative Support: Documentation of Augmentative and Alternative Communication Services in IEPs; ICI Staff
Katie HeathKatie Heath is ABD in the School of Education at Syracuse University and has served as a TA for Teaching and Leadership Department undergraduate and graduate programs for the last four years. Katie's dissertation focus is on iPad usage with students with disabilities and how this plays out within a classroom environment. Katie works at Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester as a professor in childhood and special education.

Cheryl Jorgensen 

Inclusion is More Than Just Being "In": A Planning Process for Full Participation and LearningInstructional Adaptations and Technology Tools that Support Inclusive Learning
Cheryl JorgensenCheryl M. Jorgensen is an inclusive education consultant in private practice, after being a project director with the Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire, and assistant research professor UNH’s Education Department from 1985 until 2011. During her tenure with the IOD, she was the director or coordinator of state and federally funded research, personnel preparation, model demonstration, alternate assessment, and in-service training grants totaling over $12 million. She was a co-founder of the National Center on Inclusive Education and collaborates with the U.S. Dept. of Education’s SWIFT Project. Dr. Jorgensen has authored several books (including The Inclusion Facilitator’s Guide and The Beyond Access Model) and research articles; presents at state, national, and international conferences; and provides student specific consultation throughout the U.S. She recently authored a manual for the National Education Association on teaching students with autism in general education classrooms. Her next book Inclusion is More Than Just Being ‘In’: A Step by Step Approach for Students with Autism, Down Syndrome, and Other Complex Support Needs will be published in the fall of 2016.

Christi Kasa 

Pointing Forward: How People with Autism and Other Movement Differences Achieve Independent Communication; Trainer
Christi KasaChristi Kasa, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor for the Department of Teaching and Learning in the College of Education at the University of Colorado. Her teaching, research, and consulting are guided by her passion to create successful inclusive schools for all students. Christi teaches both graduate and undergraduate classes focusing on differentiated instruction, best practice for inclusive schooling, and communication strategies for people with autism. Christi began her career teaching in the public schools of California as a general education teacher and special education teacher. Christi’s published works have appeared in The Journal of the Association for People with Severe Handicaps, The International Journal for Inclusive Education, and the American Education Research Journal. Christi has also co-produced the 2002 documentary Inside the Edge: A journey to using speech through typing. She is the recipient of the TASH Image Award and the University Book and Supply Outstanding Teacher Award.

Paula Kluth 

Day 1 Keynote: "Don't We Already Do Inclusion?": 5 Ways to Create Better Schools for All; Concurrent session
Paula KluthDr. Paula Kluth is a consultant, author, advocate, and independent scholar who works with teachers and families to provide inclusive opportunities for students with disabilities and to create more responsive and engaging schooling experiences for all learners. Paula is a former special educator who has served as a classroom teacher and inclusion facilitator. Her professional interests include differentiating instruction, inclusive schooling and collaboration. She is the author or co-author of more than 15 books including "Don't We Already Do Inclusion?": 100 Ways to Improve Inclusive Schools, “You’re Going to Love This Kid”: Teaching Students with Autism in Inclusive Classrooms, A Land We Can Share: Teaching Literacy to Students with Autism, and "The Autism Checklist": A Practical Reference for Parents and Teachers.

Kelsey Krause 

More Than Friendship: Navigating the Deeper Relationship as a Typer
Kelsey KrauseI was born on November 19, 1996. I was diagnosed with autism at the age of 2. I have been in special needs classes up until 2014. In 2018, I plan to graduate North Central High School with a diploma. Right now my focus is on graduating, spreading awareness, and giving hope to others.

Kanishk Krishnan 

Typing is Tomorrow's World: The Multiple Roles of Technology in School and Life
Kanishk KrishnanI am Kanishk Krishnan and am a senior at ESM Central High School. I am really excited about participating at this technology presentation as it has changed my life from nothingness to one of completeness. I am quite happy with my life and I am able to express my intelligence to the fullest possible extent. The best part is getting regular education which has been an unexpressed dream of mine for so many years. Philosophy is my passion and Physics interests me greatly. Really looking forward to pursuing higher education in college.

Karthik Krishnan 

Support Goes Both Ways: Perspectives of Siblings of Individuals who Type to Communicate
I am currently a student attending Stony Brook University pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry. This fall I will be a senior. Currently I am working to attain a position as a researcher for ASD. Other topics that interest me as well are neural cancers and animal development.

Kaushik Krishnan 

Typing is Tomorrow's World: The Multiple Roles of Technology in School and Life
Karthik KrishnanI am Kaushik Krishnan and a senior in high school. I hope to graduate in 2 years and pursue higher education in college. Making clay art and cooking are my hobbies. I am participating in this presentation about technology to share how it has changed my life. My whole life has changed as if I am reborn and no words can describe how wonderful it has been. It has turned my life around 180° from an automated robotic existence under the influence of OCDs getting worse every day to being able to express my true thoughts and be an equal partner in communication. I am enjoying a life as close to normalcy as it ever could be.

Sujit Kurup 

Day 2 Keynote: Typing for Life: Forging Connections Across Generations of Typers; Typing is Tomorrow's World: The Multiple Roles of Technology in School and Life; Living a Creative Life
Sujit KurupSujit Kurup was born in India. His family moved to Syracuse, United States in 2008, to access inclusive education for Sujit. Soon after arriving here, his Communication Evaluation at the Institute for Communication and Inclusion (ICI), established his candidacy for supported typing. He has not looked back since then and now communicates fluently using an iPad. Sujit graduated from East Syracuse Minoa Central High school in June 2015 with a Regents Diploma and is currently a sophomore, attending Onondaga Community College. He plans to transfer to Le Moyne College for a graduate degree in Business Administration. His hobbies include trekking, skating, skiing, swimming, horse riding, soccer, baseball, yoga, painting and music.

Rick Meives 

Living a Creative Life
My name is Rick Meives. I am 37 years old. I am a person with autism and Down syndrome. These disabilities do not define me as a person. I use facilitated communication as my primary means of communication. In recent years, I have begun to mentor other FC users and help train other people to become facilitators. I believe it is my calling to advocate for myself and others. I enjoy art as a way to express myself. I usually use acrylic and oil pastels to create my abstract art. My work, Colors In Dream, was selected for the program cover of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra February 2014 bravo series. I live in Cicero, NY, with my family.

Carly O'Connell

Living a Creative Life
I am an advocate for myself and other people with disabilities. Many students do not have a chance to learn in school. I learned nothing about world history or higher level math in school. This has to change! I can help and I will take action.

Fernanda Orsati 

Training Assistant
Fernanda OrsatiFernanda T. Orsati is currently an Associate Clinical Researcher at the Hussman Institute for Autism in Maryland. She works in developing research and supports around behavior and communication for individuals with autism. She earned her Ph.D. in Special Education at Syracuse University researching the association of challenging behaviors and teacher supports in kindergarten. Fernanda worked as for the Institute on Communication and Inclusion providing communication to students and adults with developmental disabilities.

Srilata S. 

Trainer; ICI Staff
S SrilataSrilata works as a Trainer at the Institute on Communication and Inclusion at Syracuse University for the past five years, providing training in supported typing to individuals who have very complex communication needs and have intellectual and developmental disability labels, including autism. She helps in training through workshops, families and support persons of the typers, to be facilitators, to access communication supports. She came to the United States, looking for inclusive education for her son, Sujit Kurup, who has autism. She lives in East Syracuse with her husband, Soma Kurup and son, Sujit Kurup. She also has a daughter, Susmita Kurup, who currently is in Seattle employed with Microsoft Corporation.

Ralph Savarese 

Day 3 Keynote: Reading "Moby Dick" with Tito Mukhopadhyay: Perception, Sensory Processing, and Unrecognized Competence in Autism
Ralph SavareseRalph J. Savarese is the author of Reasonable People: A Memoir of Autism and Adoption, which Newsweek called "a real life love story and an urgent manifesto for the rights of people with neurological disabilities." With his wife, Emily Thornton Savarese, he edited the first collection of essays on the concept of neurodiversity. He has published more than 20 articles about autism, appeared on CNN and NPR and in two autism documentaries. A documentary about his son, DJ, Oberlin College's first nonspeaking student with autism, will appear on PBS in 2017. He teaches American literature, creative writing and disability studies at Grinnell College in Iowa. In 2012-2013 he was a fellow at Duke University's Institute for Brain Sciences. He is currently finishing a book called See It Feelingly: Classic Novels, Autistic Readers and the Schooling of a No-good English Professor.

CJ Shiloh 

Metronomes & Motor Skills: Music Therapy Strategies for Movement Differences
CJ ShilohCJ Shiloh is a Board Certified Music Therapist who has completed training in Neurologic Music Therapy through the Center for Biomedical Research in Music. She is owner of Annapolis Music Therapy Services, serving individuals with special needs throughout the Annapolis/Baltimore region. CJ is also director of the nonprofit, The Musical Autist. Since 2011, this organization has been facilitating Sensory Friendly Concerts locally and throughout the county, with a mission to advance the Neurodiversity Movement and autism acceptance within society.

Kayla Takeuchi 

Day 2 Keynote: Typing for Life: Forging Connections Across Generations of Typers
Kayla TakeuchiKayla Takeuchi is a person with autism. She is 25 years old and nonverbal. She has used Facilitated Communication since April 3, 2007. Kayla has made many presentations with Janna Woods, Master Trainer, on FC. She has presented at: California State University, Fresno, Fresno Pacific University, California Learning Connection, CalTASH Conferences in Oakland and Birmingham, California, and the National TASH conferences in Denver, Colorado and Long Beach, California. Kayla was a keynote speaker with Rosemary Crossley at the Summer Institute in Syracuse, New York in July 2009. Kayla graduated with a high school diploma on June 2, 2011 after being in special education classes for 11 years. She is a student at Clovis Community College and wants to someday be an advocate for her silent brothers and sisters. Kayla is working to become an independent typer and to read her words aloud someday.

Tracy Thresher 

Stepping Aboard the Advocacy Train; Wellspring Guild: The Next Step in Building a Training Community; Trainer
Tracy ThresherTracy Thresher is an advocate for people with disabilities. He lives and works in Barre, Vermont. In 1990, Tracy was one of the first individuals with autism at his service agency, Washington County Mental Health Services (WCMHS), to be introduced to typing as a means to communicate. He presents at local, statewide, and national workshops and conferences. Tracy also consults with local schools, is a member of the Vermont Statewide Communication Task Force, and does ongoing work with Green Mountain Self-Advocates of Montpelier, Vermont. Now an employee of WCMHS as an advocate and educator, Tracy mentors teenagers and adults and leads trainings on communication. In 2013, Tracy was recognized as a Master Trainer by the Institute on Communication and Inclusion at Syracuse University.

Mark Utter 

Reaching Up Through the Keyboard to a Brighter Future
Mark UtterMark Utter (Colchester, VT) is a self-proclaimed inspirational speaker who types to communicate. Champlain Community Services provides assistance for his day to day ventures with negotiating a world that functions differently than he does. For the first thirty years of his life, Mark did not have access to the world of words, except as a listener. An observer. When he was thirty, he was introduced to Supported Typing, and for the first time in his life Mark started his life as a writer of words. Mark wrote, directed and starred in a film about his life called I am in here; a view of my daily life with good suggestions for improvement from my intelligent mind. Currently he writes a blog called “Utterly Mark”, has a talk show, “The Uttering Mind”, on CCTV (Channel 17 in Burlington) and has just registered his new business, Utter Communication Strategies, with the state of Vermont.

Elizabeth Vosseller 

Accessing Communication Through Spelling
Elizabeth VossellerElizabeth L. Vosseller, M.A., CCC-SLP, Director of Growing Kids Therapy Center in Herndon. Virginia. Elizabeth specializes in supporting the communication of nonspeaking, low speaking and unreliably speaking individuals who spell to communicate. The emphasis of her practice is teaching the requisite purposeful motor skills for students to use letter boards and keyboards to communicate and participate in meaningful education.

Katherine Vroman 

Mapping Communicative Support: Documentation of Augmentative and Alternative Communication Services in IEPs; ICI Staff
Katherine VromanKatherine Vroman is a fourth year doctoral student at Syracuse University, pursuing a degree in Disability Studies. During her time at she has worked with the Institute on Communication and Inclusion and the Taishoff Center for Inclusive Higher Education. Her scholarship focuses on access and inclusion for diverse communicators, postsecondary education participation for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, feminist disability studies and Deaf Studies/Deaf education. She lives in Bristol, Pennsylvania with her husband, Steve and dog, Bebe.

Julia M. White 

FC Research Scorecard: Using Quality Indicators to Evaluate the Research Base on Typing to Communicate
Julia WhiteJulia M. White is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Teaching and Leadership in the School of Education, Syracuse University. Her research agenda includes special educational policy at the national and international levels and inclusive education as a human right, particularly related to Romani students in Central and Eastern Europe. She is the recipient of two Fulbright fellowships to the Slovak Republic and was Principal Investigator of a USDOE funded personnel preparation program that focused on low-incidence disabilities. She has served as co-chair and secretary/treasurer of the Disability Studies in Education Special Interest Group (DSE-SIG) of the American Educational Research Association, secretary of the Inclusive Education National Agenda Committee of TASH, and co-chair of the accessibility committee of the American Educational Studies Association. She is also a co-editor of TASH Connections. She has published a monograph on the misdiagnosis of Romani children in Central and Southeastern Europe, book chapters, white papers, and articles in journals such as Disability Studies Quarterly, Inclusion, the Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability, Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, and the English Journal. Her work has been cited in cases around the misdiagnosis of Romani students before regional courts in the Slovak Republic and Hungary and before the European Court of Human Rights (Horváth and Kiss v. Hungary). She is the 2016 recipient of the DSE-SIG Disability Studies in Education Junior Scholar Award.

Caroline Whyatt 

More than Meets the Eye: A Framework to Reconsider our Interpretation and Conceptualization of Autism
Originally from Northern Ireland, Caroline received a PhD in Psychology from Queen’s University Belfast for her work systematically profiling and examining levels of sensory-motor control in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Coupling standardized clinical tools with kinematic paradigms, her PhD provided a framework to consider observational behavioral outcomes in light of underlying sensory and motor functioning. After securing awards for this work from British and Irish research councils, Caroline moved on to hold post-doctoral researcher and adjunct professor positions, working on projects investigating perception-action coupling and motor control in individuals with Parkinson’s disease, sensory impairments, and frail adults. In 2014, Caroline moved to Rutgers University to work with Prof. Elizabeth Torres at the Sensory-Motor Integration Lab. Adopting a computational modeling and neuroscience approach to sensory-motor control, they aim to objectify our understanding of classical ASD symptomatology and provide metrics to profile social dyadic behavior.

Therese Willkomm 

Concurrent sessions
Therese WillkommDr. Therese Willkomm, PhD, is the Director of New Hampshire’s State Assistive Technology Program with the Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) and is a clinical associate professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy. Dr. Willkomm is known nationally and internationally for her innovative stratagies for creating solutions in minutes . She has designed and fabricated over two thousand solutions for individuals with disabilities including her patented A.T. Pad Stand, a multiuse assistive technology mounting device. She is also known throughout the county for her trainings on awesome iPAD apps and adaptations. She has presented her work in 42 states, seven foreign countries and three U.S. Territories; has written 22 assistive technology related publications including her new book titled: “Assistive Technology Solutions in Minutes – Book 2 – Ordinary Items, Extraordinary Solutions ; and has appeared on RFD TV, CNN and most recently NPR Science Friday.

Casey Woodfield

Mapping Communicative Support: Documentation of Augmentative and Alternative Communication Services in IEPs; Trainer
Casey Woodfield is an Associate Clinical Researcher at the Hussman Institute for Autism in Catonsville, MD. She earned her Ph.D. in Inclusive Special Education at Syracuse University, where she also completed a Master’s degree in Cultural Foundations of Education and a Certificate of Advanced Study in Disability Studies. She is a former research assistant at the Institute on Communication and Inclusion. Casey’s academic, professional, and personal interests are grounded in commitments to inclusion and communication as interrelated imperatives. Her research focuses on dynamic communication supports, inclusive educational practice, as well as lived experiences at the intersections of educational practice, communicative diversity, and identity. In addition to establishing reliable and sustainable support systems for communication and inclusion, her work aims to counter the socially constructed notions of competence and voice by privileging the perspectives of individuals with disabilities as critical agents of advocacy and change.

Zosia Zaks 

Communication - The Foundation of Everything: Insights from the Hussman Center for Adults with Autism
Zosia ZaksZosia Zaks, M.Ed., C.R.C., has worked with autistic adults and adults with other types of disabilities for 15 years. He is the Manager of Programs and Education at Towson University's Hussman Center for Adults with Autism and also teaches courses on autism and disability issues. Before working at Towson University, he worked at Maryland’s Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS), where primarily he counseled transitioning youth in a community living skills program. Zaks provides professional development workshops around the country on a range of issues including the importance of communication and the value for individuals with disabilities of full integration into their communities. He currently services on the board of Itineris, Inc., a Baltimore agency that provides employment support to adults on the autism spectrum, and on the Maryland State Rehabilitation Council. Zaks brings multiple perspectives to his work as both a professional and as a self-advocate.