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SPEAKER BIOS AND ABSTRACTS - World leading autism and Asperger experts, including Dr. Temple Grandin and Dr. Martha Herbert, discuss new research, treatment modalities, resources and avenues for advocacy. Topics include medical/biomedical, educational, behavioral and developmental evidence-based interventions. There will be a special event with Dr. Grandin that has never been presented at any conference. Learn more about the topics and schedule.


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Martha Herbert, MD, PhD - Keynote, Friday morning, Sept. 7
Assistant Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School, Pediatric Neurologist at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Author

Temple Grandin, PhD** - Keynote, Saturday morning, Sept. 8
Professor, Colorado State University, Author


(Presenters listed in Alphabetcal order)

Suzette Bartlett, MSW, LCSW
Psychotherapist at the ScenicView Academy, Utah

Robin Brewer, EdD
Associate Professor of Special Education, University of Northern Colorado

Kathleen Davey, BPsySc, MPsych(Clin)

Clinical psychologist at the Social Skills Training Institute, Brisbane, Australia

Phillip C. DeMio, MD
*

USAAA Chief Medical Officer, Private Practice in Cleveland and Columbus, affiliated with Cleveland Clinic Hospitals, and Executive Director of the American Medical Autism Board

Alex Doman

Author and Founder of Advanced Brain Technologies

Richard E. Frye, MD, PhD

Director of Autism Research at the Arkansas Children's Hospital Research Institute and Associate Professor, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Christopher M. Gauthier, MFA*
Professor, Utah State University and co-founder of Evidence and Artifacts: Facing Autism, a photographic project


Jacqueline F. Gauthier
*
Director for Morningside School and a collaborative partner in the photographic project Evidence and Artifacts: Facing Autism

Suzanne Grimshaw, MSW, LCSW
Psychotherapist at the ScenicView Academy, Utah

Debby Hamilton, MD, MSPH
Board Certified Pediatrician and Physician Nutrition Specialist at Holistic Pediatric Consulting

Lynn Hellerstein, OD, FCOVD, FAAO
Adjunct Professor - Multiple Universities, Author, Founder of Hellerstein & Brenner Vision Center

Rebecca E. Hutchins, OD, FCOVD
Niwot Vision

Valerie Hu, PhD
*
Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, George Washington University, Author

Sharon Jones, ABD, CCC-SLP
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Lawrence P. Kaplan, PhD*
Founder, US Autism & Asperger Association, Author

Raun K. Kaufman
**
Director of Global Education, Autism Treatment Center of America, Author

Lauren H. Kerstein, MS, LCSW
Adjunct Professor at the University of Denver, Author, Private Practice

Lori Knowles*
Director of New Beginnings Nutritionals


Kim Korpady
Son-Rise Program Child Facilitator

Patricia Lemer, MEd, NCC
Founder, Developmental Delay Resources, and Author

Aaron Likens**
Author, Community Education Specialist, Autism Ambassador

Julie Matthews, CNC
Co-Founder, Nourishing Hope, and Author

Michael P. McManmon, EdD**
Founder, College Internship Program, Author

Ron Minson, MD
Clinical Director for Integrated Listening Systems and Private Practice

Tracy Gershwin Mueller, PhD
Associate Professor of Special Education, University of Northern Colorado

Tim Page, DFA** *
Professor, University of Southern California, Author

James W. Partington, PhD, BCBA
Founder, Partington Behavior Analysts, Author

Eric Peacock, MBA*
CEO and Cofounder, MyHealthTeams

Robert E. Rada, DDS

Clinical Associate Professor, University of Illinois College of Dentistry and private practice in LaGrange, Illinois


William Shaw, PhD*
Founder, Great Plains Laboratory, Researcher and Chemist

Stephen M. Shore, EdD**
Professor, Aldelphi University, Author

Marlo Payne Thurman, MS
National Educational Consultant, Author

Sam Towers
Behavior Analyst

J. Michael Uszler, MD
Medical Director of the Nuclear Medicine Department at Saint John's Health Center, Assistant Clinical Professor of Molecular and Medical Pharmacology at UCLA, Medical Director of DrSpectScan.com

Sandra R. Wise, PsyD

Clinical Licensed Psychologist, Equine Assisted Therapy, Adjunct Professor

Deanna Wrangham*
Student and Sibling of individual with autism

Rachel Wrangham**
Student and Self-Advocate

Scott Wrangham**
Parent Advocate

Theresa Wrangham*
Parent Advocate

Michael D. Zeitlin, CPA*
Parent Advocate, Autism Society of Colorado Board Member

*
Parent or family member of an individual with Autism/Asperger's/PDD-NOS

**As a child or as an adult, diagnosed with Autism/Asperger's/PDD-NOS


maertha herbert
Martha Herbert, MD, PhD
Martha Herbert, MD, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School, a Pediatric Neurologist at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, and an affiliate of the Harvard-MIT-MGH Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging. She is director of the TRANSCEND Research Program (Treatment Research and Neuroscience Evaluation of Neurodevelopmental Disorders). Dr. Herbert earned her medical degree at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Dr. Herbert's main research interests are in addressing autism as a "dynamic encephalopathy" (something that can change) rather than a "static encephalopathy" (something that is fixed for life) and in how environmental vulnerability affects brain and body health. Dr. Herbert has a new book entitled "The Autism Revolution: Whole Body Strategies For Making Life All It Can Be". More...


Temple Grandin, PhD
Temple Grandin, PhD is one of the most accomplished and well-known adults with autism in the world. Dr. Grandin’s fascinating life was brought to the screen in 2010 in the HBO production full-length film, "Temple Grandin", which claimed seven Emmy Awards, including outstanding made for TV movie. She has been featured on NPR (National Public Radio), major television programs, such as the BBC special "The Woman Who Thinks Like a Cow", ABC's Primetime Live, The Today Show, Larry King Live, 48 Hours and 20/20, and has been written about in many national publications, such as Time magazine, People magazine, Forbes, U.S. News and World Report, and New York Times. This will be Temple's fourth USAAA appearance. Dr. Grandin didn't talk until she was three and a half years old, communicating her frustration instead by screaming, peeping, and humming. In 1950, she was diagnosed with autism and her parents were told she should be institutionalized.

There will be a book signing after her presentation. Dr. Grandin's has also authored "The Way I See It: A Personal Look at Autism and Asperger's", "Unwritten Rules of Social Relationships", "Animals Make us Human", "Animals in Translation", "Thinking in Pictures", "Emergence: Labeled Autistic" and produced several DVDs. All books and DVD's are available through Future Horizons. More...


suzanne bartlettSuzette Bartlett, MSW, LCSW
Suzette is a Licensed Certified Social Worker. She is a pscyhotherapist at ScenicView Academy, a not-for-profit educational facility for adults (age 21 and older) with learning disabilities, in Provo, Utah. Suzette presented on teaching students social skills recently at the Utah Valley University Conference on Autism and has presented at the National Independent Educational Consultants Association conference and at the Utah Learning Disabilities Association Conference. She received a bachelors and masters in social work from Brigham Young University. She is currently working with those who struggle with addiction. Suzette loves working in the helping profession and respects those who try to improve their lives. More...


robin brewerRobin Brewer, EdD
Robin Brewer, EdD, is an associate professor of Special Education at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colorado. She has also worked as a special education teacher and a behavioral consultant for the Colorado Department of Education. Dr. Brewer started the Autism Task Force while at the Colorado Department of Education and continues to be an active member, training teams to work with students with autism around the state.

Dr. Brewer's research interests and specializations are teacher quality and new teacher's dispositions; Effective school-based practices for working with students with autism; and Inclusive education practices for students with significant support needs. Some of Dr. Brewer's publications include: Strategies at Hand: Quick Strategies for Working with Students with Autism, The Role and Legal Responsibilities of the School nurse when working with students with Disabilities and Beyond Behavior Management: Transforming a Classroom from Chaos to Calm. More...


kathleen daveyKathleen Davey, BPsySc, MPsych(Clin)
Kathleen Davey is a clinical psychologist and senior training and operations consultant at the Social Skills Training Institute, Brisbane, Australia. With over 10 years exploring the autism spectrum, Kathleen brings to her role experience working in intensive early intervention programs, diagnostic assessment and adapted clinical interventions for all ages, parent wellbeing promotion, school consultation, relationship counselling, workplace education, criminal justice support, sexuality education, and a variety of child and adult group work.

Kathleen has presented internationally and provides supervision for new and experienced clinician's wanting to upskill in autism spectrum conditions. Kathleen recently joined the Social Skills Training Institute after working closely with Professor Tony Attwood and Dr Michelle Garnett at the Minds and Hearts clinic in Australia, and is currently involved in joint case work with Professor Gary Mesibov. Kathleen has conducted university research on intervention for personal wellbeing and into the empowerment of parents with children on the autism spectrum. She has developed a parent wellbeing program and jointly initiated the Minds and Hearts Relationship Minefield group for adult men with Asperger's Syndrome. More...


Phillip C. DeMio, MD
Phillip C. Demio, MD is board-certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He received his M.D. from the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine with honors in Neurosurgery, Endocrinology/Metabolism, Advanced OB/GYN, and Advanced Internal Medicine. Dr. DeMio has been a faculty member at several teaching hospitals including Case Western University School of Medicine and the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. He is accredited by the Teaching System of U.S. Armed Forces Medical Core and his career includes an emphasis on toxicology.

Dr. DeMio is currently the Medical Director for the Whole Health and Wellness Centers located in Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. His practice focuses on the diagnosis and treatment for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders. In addition to his practice, Dr. DeMio is affiliated with the Cleveland Clinics as an ER Physician. Dr. DeMio is a father of a child with autism. Dr. DeMio is Chief Medical Officer for the US Autism & Asperger Association and the Executive Director for the American Medical Autism Board. More...


alex domanAlex Doman
Alex Doman is an author and producer whose products are used by people in more than 35 countries. His work is based on music effects research and principles of human development and neuroplasticity focusing on improving academic, cognitive, and communication abilities. He is founder and CEO of Advanced Brain Technologies, a leading provider of products, which improve brain function with solutions for consumers, schools, therapy clinics, health care facilities, and the military. Creator and co-producer of the multi award winning Music for Babies music collection and collaborator on more than 50 other albums and programs including the Sound Health series, The Listening Program®, and Music for the Mind™, he has trained thousands of healthcare, education, and music professionals in the application of music-based therapies around the world.

Alex has lectured throughout the United States, Europe, Australia, Latin America and the Middle East. Alex is co-author of Healing at the Speed of Sound™ a non-fiction book about how the new science of sound and music can help us improve our lives. Hudson Street Press (Penguin USA) Release October 2011. More...


richard fryeRichard E. Fyre, MD, PhD
Dr. Frye is the Director of Autism Research at the Arkansas Children's Hospital Research Institute and Associate Professor, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. He received his MD/PhD from Georgetown University. He completed his pediatric residency at University of Miami, and a child neurology residency and fellowship in behavioral neurology and learning disabilities at Children s Hospital Boston. Dr. Frye is board certified in general pediatrics and in neurology with special competency in child neurology. Dr. Frye studies brain structure and function in neurodevelopmental disorders, mitochondrial dysfunction and metabolic disorders in autism, and novel autism treatments. He has published numerous papers and book chapters on children with autism. More...


christopher gauthierChristopher M. Gauthier, MFA
Christopher M. Gauthier is an actively exhibiting artist teaching Fine Art Photography at Utah State University. He holds a MFA from Ohio University in photography and received a BA from Southern Illinois University. His work can be found in the permanent collections of the Mississippi Museum of Art; Webster University, The Netherlands; Koltsovo Airport, Yekaterinburg, Russian Federation and in private collections nationally and internationally. Autism advocacy became a personal imperative when he became aware of the link between his environmental concerns and his children's autism. Chris is a collaborative partner in the photographic project Evidence and Artifacts: Facing Autism. More...


jacqui gauthierJacqueline F. Gauthier
Jacqueline F. Gauthier studied Social Work at Eastern Mennonite University and is currently the Director for Morningside School, a private Preschool and Kindergarten in Logan, UT. Jacqueline became invested in autism related issues with the birth of their children, Madeline and Caleb. She is a collaborative partner in the photographic project Evidence and Artifacts: Facing Autism. More...


suzanne grimshawSuzanne Grimshaw, MSW, LCSW
Suzanne has worked with people affected by Autism, Asperger's Syndrome and Learning Disabilities for 5 1/2 years. She has also worked with those who struggle with Mental Illness at the Utah State Hospital. At ScenicView Academy, a not-for-profit educational facility for adults (age 21 and older) with learning disabilities, in Provo, Utah, she has collaborated with her fellow clinicians to develop a social skills curriculum specifically geared for teens and adults. Suzanne recently presented at the Utah Valley University Conference on Autism and has presented at the National Independent Educational Consultants Association conference and at the Utah Learning Disabilities Association Conference. Suzanne is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She graduated from Brigham Young University with a BA in Political Science and a Master's degree in Social Work. Suzanne believes that creativity and thinking "outside the box" can provide opportunities for change and growth. More...


Dr. HamiltonDebby Hamilton, MD, MSPH
Dr. Debby Hamilton is a pediatrician who owns Holistic Pediatric Consulting; a pediatric practice in Boulder, Colorado that offers comprehensive health care for children. The focus of Holistic Pediatric Consulting is in the treatment of children with chronic medical conditions such as autism, ADHD, emotional issues, digestion problems, allergies, and nutrition and growth disorders. Dr. Hamilton's career began as a general Pediatrician in Rhode Island after residency training at Brown University's Hasbro Children's Hospital. This was followed by fellowship training in Pediatric nutrition at the Children's Hospital in Denver. From there she received her Master's of Science degree in Public Health (MSPH) at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.

For her nutrition fellowship and Master's degree, she was funded by an NIH nutrition training grant focusing on zinc and iron intake in infants 6 to 12 months old. In addition to her Board Certifications as a Pediatrician and a Physician Nutrition Specialist, she gained certification in Integrative/Holistic Medicine from the American Board of Integrative/Holistic Medicine (ABIHM). Her training in integrative medicine includes training as a medical aromatherapy specialist, biomedical treatment of children with autism spectrum disorders, and general integrative medicine through the American Holistic Medical Association. Recently she spoke at the iMosaic integrative medicine conference in Minneapolis and the Healing Young Brains conference in Kentucky. For the past 5 years, Dr. Hamilton has been researching her book called "A Mother's First Gift", which focuses on helping women, beginning before pregnancy have the best chance of having a healthy baby.


dr. hellersteinLynn Hellerstein, OD, FCOVD, FAAO
Dr. Lynn F. Hellerstein has been a pioneer in vision therapy for more than 30 years. Her expertise and leadership in developmental optometry has inspired thousands to improve their vision and enhance their lives. She has successfully treated children and adults with learning, visual perception and visual motor difficulties. An author and international speaker, Dr. Hellerstein has published extensively on vision related topics. Her award-winning book, "See It. Say It. Do It!: The Parent s & Teacher's Action Guide to Creating Successful Students & Confident Kids" (2012 re-print) is a remarkable resource for parents, educators and therapists. "See It. Say It. Do It! Organize It!" (2011) is a complimentary workbook to help children learn how to create action plans to help with their organization skills.

Dr. Hellerstein is the founder of a private optometric practice in Centennial, Colorado, Hellerstein & Brenner Vision Center PC. She and Beth Fishman, OTR, COVT, have practiced together for more than 20 years, providing collaborative vision and sensory motor treatment. Dr. Hellerstein is a frequent lecturer and consultant to educational groups, sports teams, rehabilitation and other medical professionals. A Fellow of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD) and American Academy of Optometry, Dr. Hellerstein is a past president of COVD. She is an adjunct professor at several colleges of optometry throughout the United States. More...


dr. hutchinsRebecca E. Hutchins, OD, FCOVD
Dr. Hutchins is the owner of Niwot Vision in Longmont, Colorado and is a behavioral optometrist who has been in practice for over 25 years. She graduated from Pennsylvania College of Optometry in 1984. She graduated with a Bachelor's degree in English from Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland, and went on to earn a Master's degree in English Literature from the American University.

Dr. Hutchins prides herself in mindful, whole person one-to-one patient care. She works without a technician, and conducts the entire examination, from history and acuities, through testing and final case presentation. Dr. Hutchins co-wrote a book with Lois Hickman, OTR, which has recently been republished as "Eyegames: Easy and Fun Visual Exercises". The book is an overview of the development of vision, with a checklist of warning signs of vision problems-based on the studies of behavioral optometry. Dr. Hutchins newest area of interest harks back to her award-winning paper in optometry skylight's the action and implications of a recently discovered photoreceptor in the retina which affects the production of Melatonin. More...


valerie huValerie Hu, PhD
Dr. Valerie Hu is a Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at The George Washington University Medical Center as well as a mother of a son with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). She redirected her research focus towards autism in 2005 and has since published 10 papers on the genes and biological pathways associated with ASD. "The long-term goals of my laboratory are personalized diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders (ASD). We aim to achieve these goals by developing a better understanding of the underlying biology giving rise to different manifestations of autism through the identification of altered genes, pathways, and gene regulatory mechanisms specific to the different subtypes of ASD."

Dr. Hu received her Ph.D. in Chemistry from California Institute of Technology and did her postdoctoral research in Membrane Biochemistry and Immunology at UCLA. More...


sharon jonesSharon Jones, ABD, CCC-SLP
Sharon Jones, ABD, CCC-SLP, is a Speech Language Pathologist for the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Sharon's research interests include having a broad interest in autism spectrum disorders, particularly executive dysfunction in adolescence and young adulthood. She is currently focusing on intervention targeting executive dysfunction in light of the fact that this area is significantly under researched, and has a significant negative impact on communicative and social interactions in adolescents with high functioning autism and Asperger's syndrome.


lawrence p kaplanLawrence P. Kaplan, PhD
Dr. Kaplan is a parent of child affected by autism. He is the Founder and Chairman of US Autism & Asperger Association (USAAA). Dr. Kaplan was the chief investigator for the first study on early diagnosis of ASD. He is the author of "Diagnosis Autism: Now What? 10 Steps to Improve Treatment Outcomes: A Parent-Physician Team Approach". He is editor of the highly acclaimed USAAA WeeklyNews, editor of multiple USAAA Conference Proceedings Manuals and a contributor to other autism publications. Dr. Kaplan spent the first decade of his post-graduate studies in professional and collegiate sports. He has spent the last twenty years improving the quality of life of individuals and others affected by Autism, Asperger's Syndrome and Pervasive Developmental Disorders. More...


kaufmanRaun K. Kaufman
Raun K. Kaufman is an international speaker, writer and teacher for The Son-Rise Program® at the Autism Treatment Center of America™. In his work with families, children, and professionals from around the world, Raun brings a distinctive qualification to the realm of Autism treatment—his own personal history. At 18 months, Raun was diagnosed as severely and incurably autistic. Raun's story was recounted by his father, Barry Neil Kaufman, in the best-selling book "Son-Rise: The Miracle Continues", and was also the subject of an award-winning NBC television movie, Son-Rise: A Miracle of Love.

After graduating from Brown University with a degree in Biomedical Ethics, Raun continued his professional development as the director of an educational center for school-aged children as well as a presenter and lecturer at conferences and symposia worldwide. Raun serves on the US Autism & Asperger Association Advisory Board. More...


lauren kersteinLauren H. Kerstein, MS, LCSW
Lauren Kerstein is a licensed clinical social worker who specializes in working with children, adolescents, adults and families. After receiving Bachelors of Arts in both Education and Psychology at Washington University in St. Louis, Lauren attended George Warren Brown School of Social Work and received a Masters in Social Work. Lauren completed a post-masters fellowship at JFK Partners, the University Affiliated Program at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. Lauren specializes in working with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders and particularly Asperger's syndrome. She also does extensive work with children experiencing anxiety, depression, relationship skill difficulties, divorce and other adjustments, developmental or mental health needs. Lauren works with individuals through the lifespan.

Lauren is the author of "My Sensory Book: Working Together to Explore Sensory Issues and the Big Feelings They Can Cause: A Workbook for Parents, Professionals, and Children". She is also the author of a textbook "Asperger's Syndrome - Diagnosis, Treatment Issues and Intervention Options" which is available as an on-line course through Western Schools Publishing. Lauren is currently working on her new children's picture book entitled, "A Week of Gray Thinking". This book is about ways to help children with increasing flexible thinking. Lauren is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Denver in the Graduate School of Social Work. More...


lori knowlesLori Knowles
Lori Knowles is a mother of a recovered child (Daniel, age 11) and General Manager of New Beginnings Nutritionals. She has a B.A. Degree from Frostburg State University and became involved with autism after her youngest son was diagnosed in 2000. Lori is very knowledgeable regarding the role that different biomedical treatments played in rescuing her son Daniel from autism. In 2003, in conjunction with Dr. William Shaw and other medical professionals, she helped create and launch New Beginnings Nutritionals.

Lori is a frequent speaker on the subject of autism recovery and nutritional supplements at autism conferences around the world. She collaborates with physicians, naturopaths, scientists, researchers and parents in order to create a diverse product line that parents and physicians can trust. Lori enjoys drawing from both her extensive research, professional and personal experience in recovering her own child to support parents and practitioners seeking answers to improve the lives of children affected with autism. More...


Kim KorpadyKim Korpady
Kim Korpady has worked with hundreds of children on the autism spectrum from around the world, across all age ranges and skill levels. With her extensive Son-Rise Program training and qualification, as well as her degree in Early Childhood Development, she brings a great depth of skill and experience to the children and parents with whom she works. She has lectured at locations throughout the U.S., where attendees especially appreciate her warmth, sincerity, playfulness, and ability to make concepts and techniques easily understood. More...


patricia lemerPatricia Lemer, MEd, NCC
Patricia S. Lemer is a co-founder of Developmental Delay Resources. She holds a Masters of Education in counseling and learning disabilities from Boston College and a Masters in Business from Johns Hopkins University. Ms. Lemer is a National Certified Counselor, and practiced as an educational diagnostician for over 30 years.

Ms. Lemer lectures internationally on viewing developmental delays, including autism, PDD, AD(H)D, LD, OCD, NLD and others, as a spectrum of disorders. She is the Editor of "EnVISIONing a Bright Future: Interventions that Work for Children and Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders", published in 2008. She specializes in combining developmentally appropriate practice with sound theory. She is especially interested in combining a biomedical approach with vision and other movement and sensory-based therapies. She serves on the US Autism & Asperger Association Advisory Board.


aaron likensAaron Likens
Aaron Likens, an accomplished public speaker, published author, avid blogger, and remarkable individual was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome at age 20. Now 29, Aaron has found an opportunity to share with the world how the Autism Spectrum Disorder mind works through his book, "Finding Kansas: Living and Decoding Asperger's Syndrome", and through his position as an Autism Ambassador and Community Education Specialist for TouchPoint Autism Services in St. Louis. Having been diagnosed later in life, Aaron is committed to advocating for early intervention services, and to helping members of the community better understand autism in how it feels, how individuals face unique issues and challenges, and how to interact with someone on the autism spectrum. More...


michael mcmanmonJulie Matthews, CNC
Julie Matthews is a Certified Nutrition Consultant specializing in autism spectrum disorders and is a co-founder of Nourishing Hope. She is the author of "Nourishing Hope for Autism", an award-winning parent and clinicians guide to the fundamentals of autism nutrition, dietary implementation and supplementation. She is the creator of "Cooking to Heal", an autism education and cooking class program that provides public education in cities across the country.

Julie is an expert at applying food, nutrition, and diet to aid digestive health and system healing. Her presentations are supported by rigorous scientific research and extensive clinical experience. Julie educates parents and physicians at the leading biomedical autism conferences in the US and abroad, and is the nutrition editor for The Autism File magazine. Julie is a graduate of Bauman College and University of California, Davis, where she received a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural and Managerial Economics. More...


michael mcmanmonMichael P. McManmon, EdD
Dr. McManmon grew up the youngest son in a family of nine children. He is the father of six children and nine grandchildren. He received his BA in English from Mt. St. Mary's College in Maryland and went on to complete his Masters in Counseling from Shippensburg University. He obtained his Doctorate in Special Education from the University of Nevada. Subsequently, he was licensed as a Psychologist by the State of Massachusetts. He worked for state, private and non-profit organizations in several states prior to founding The Berkshire Center in 1984.

During his 35 years of experience with students with Learning Differences and Asperger's syndrome, Dr. McManmon has worked on Curriculum Development, Staff Training, Program Evaluation, and Administering Community Based Programming. Dr. McManmon's program philosophy is to provide a loving and trusting environment in which personal growth can occur. He is the author of "Made for Good Purpose: What Every Parent Needs to Know to Help Their Adolescent with Asperger's, High Functioning Autism or a Learning Difference Become an Independent Adult". Dr. McManmon serves on the US Autism & Asperger Association Advisory Board. More...


ron minsonRon Minson, MD
Dr. Minson is the Clinical Director and Advanced Trainer for Integrated Listening Systems and had a Private Psychiatry Practice in Denver, Colorado. Dr. Minson received his medical degree from UCLA School of Medicine and is board certified in Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Minson served as Chief of Psychiatry for Presbyterian Medical Center and Director of Behavioral Sciences at Mercy Hospital in Denver prior to integrating sound therapy into his psychiatric practice in 1990. More...


tracy muellerTracy Gershwin Mueller, PhD
Dr. Tracy Gershwin Mueller is an Associate Professor at the University of Northern Colorado where she teaches undergraduate/graduate courses in special education and coordinates the Intervention Specialist MA program. Tracy specializes in interventions for children/youth with challenging behaviors, autism, family-school partnerships, and alternative dispute resolution. She is an advocate for special education and her work focuses on meaningful positive dialogue between parents/teachers. More...


tim pageTim Page, DFA
Tim Page was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome at the age of forty-five and says, "I am very grateful to have the diagnosis [of Asperge'’s Syndrome] because it explains a lot." He is a professor at both the Thornton School of Music and the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California. Page won the Pulitzer Prize for criticism in 1997 for his writings about music in The Washington Post, where he held the position of chief classical music critic since 1995. Prior to coming to the Post, he served as the chief music critic for Newsday and as a music and cultural writer for The New York Times. During his years in New York, he was the host of an afternoon program on WNYC-FM that broadcast interviews with hundreds of composers and musicians. Page has produced concerts at venues ranging from Carnegie Hall to New York's once-infamous Mudd Club. From 1999 to 2001, he was the artistic advisor and creative chair for the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.

His books include "The Glenn Gould Reader" (Alfred A. Knopf, 1984), "Selected Letters of Virgil Thomson" (Summit, 1988), "William Kapell: A Documentary Life History of the American Pianist" (IPAM, 1992), "Music From The Road: Views and Reviews 1978 - 1992", an anthology of previously published work (Oxford University Press, 1992), "The Unknown Sigrid Undset" (Steerforth, 2001), and "Tim Page on Music" (Amadeus Press, 2002). He is the author of "Parallel Play", an autobiographical account of "Growing up with Undiagnosed Asperger's". Page serves on the US Autism & Asperger Association Advisory Board. More...


james partingtonJames W. Partington, PhD, BCBA
Dr. Partington is the director of Behavior Analysts, Inc., and provides services to children and their families at the STARS Clinic in Walnut Creek, California. He is a licensed psychologist and a board certified behavior analyst, doctoral level (BCBA-D), and has more than 35 years experience working with children with developmental disabilities. His expertise is in language-based intervention with children who are experiencing language delays as a result of autism and other related developmental disorders. Dr. Partington has been a faculty member of several universities including West Virginia University, University of San Francisco and St. Mary's College.

Dr. Partington has co-authored with Dr. Mark L. Sundberg the book, "Teaching Language to Children with Autism or Other Developmental Disabilities". He is the author of "The Assessment of Language and Learning Skills-Revised (The ABLLS™-R): An Assessment, Curriculum Guide and Skills Tracking System for Children with Autism or Other Developmental Disabilities". Dr. Partington serves on the US Autism & Asperger Association Advisory Board. More...


eric peacockEric Peacock, MBA
Eric Peacock is the co-founder & CEO of MyHealthTeams. MyHealthTeams believes that if you or a loved one are diagnosed with a condition or disease, it should be easy to find the best people around to help you. To serve that mission, the company creates social networks for people impacted by chronic conditions. The company's first site, MyAutismTeam, is a site where parents of children with autism go to connect with other parents like them, and share tips, support and referrals of great autism providers. It's like a combination of Facebook + Yelp made specifically for parents of kids with autism.

MyAutismTeam.com launched in June 2011 with just 30 parents in San Francisco and quickly grew to more than 25,000 registered parents from all 50 U.S. states and Canada. Thanks to input from all of these parents, MyAutismTeam has a searchable directory of over 30,000 autism specialists and autism-friendly businesses. Based on this success, MyHealthTeams launched MyBreastCancerTeam over the summer and is actively working on launching similar sites for a full range of chronic and neurological conditions. Eric's nephew is on the autism spectrum and, in a previous career, Eric worked at Perlegen Sciences, a biotech that conducted the first full-scale genetic study of autism. Eric is a graduate of the Stanford Graduate School of Business and Harvard College. More...


Dr. RadaRobert E. Rada, DDS
Dr. Robert Rada received his DDS in 1985, from the University of Illinois - Chicago. He then completed a general practice residency at Loyola University. He currently is a clinical associate professor in the Department of Oral Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences at the University of Illinois College of Dentistry. For the past 25 years he has also maintained a private practice in LaGrange, Illinois focusing on restorative and aesthetic dentistry, care for the dental phobic patient, as well as dentistry for special needs patients and hospital dentistry.

In 2010 Dr. Rada facilitated a statewide program in Missouri entitled "Effective Dental Treatment for Individuals who have a Diagnosis of Developmental Disability". Approximately half of his private practice is devoted to individuals with developmental disabilities and he treats patients with autism on an almost daily basis. He has lectured to dental professionals throughout the country on this topic as well as written numerous articles and book chapters.


dr. shawWilliam Shaw, PhD
Dr. Shaw is board certified in the fields of clinical chemistry and toxicology by the American Board of Clinical Chemistry. Before he founded The Great Plains Laboratory, Inc., Dr. Shaw worked for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Children's Mercy Hospital, University of Missouri at Kansas City School of Medicine, and Smith Kline Laboratories. He is the author of Biological Treatments for Autism and PDD, originally published in 1998 and Autism: Beyond the Basics, published in 2009. He is also a frequent speaker at conferences worldwide.

He is the stepfather of a child with autism and has helped thousands of patients and medical practitioners to successfully improve the lives of people with autism, AD(H)D, Alzheimer's disease, arthritis, bipolar disorder, chronic fatigue, depression, fibromyalgia, immune deficiencies, multiple sclerosis, OCD, Parkinson's disease, seizure disorders, tic disorders, Tourette syndrome, and other serious conditions. More...


Stephen Shore, EdD
Dr. Shore
was diagnosed with "Atypical Development with strong autistic tendencies." Dr. Shore was viewed as "too sick" to be treated on an outpatient basis and recommended for institutionalization. Nonverbal until four, and with much help from his parents, teachers, and others, Dr. Shore completed his doctoral degree in special education at Boston University in 2008 with a focus on helping people on the autism spectrum develop their capacities to the fullest extent possible.

In addition to working with children and talking about life on the autism spectrum, Dr. Shore presents and consults internationally on adult issues pertinent to education, relationships, employment, advocacy, and disclosure as discussed in his book Beyond the Wall: Personal Experiences with Autism and Asperger Syndrome, Ask and Tell: Self-advocacy and Disclosure for People on the Autism Spectrum, and Understanding Autism for Dummies. Dr. Shore serves on the US Autism & Asperger Association Advisory Board. Dr. Shore presently works as a Professor at Adelphi University in New York. More...


marlo thurmanMarlo Payne Thurman, MS
Marlo Payne Thurman is a school psychologist and a national education consultant who obtained her Specialist Master's degree from the University of Utah. Marlo started her work with special needs children in 1986. Early in her career, Marlo developed a special interest in the unique needs of those individuals who were both highly intelligent and asynchronously developed. Marlo specializes in assessment, advocacy, cognitive training, sensory and behavior support, and socio-emotional coaching. In 1999 Marlo founded the Brideun Learning Communities and built the Brideun School for Exceptional Children, a play-based, therapeutic school. Marlo later founded 2E Consulting Services that is an expansion of her private consulting services.

In addition to client based support, 2E Consulting provides training to programs that work with individuals who despite adequate intelligence are unable to find success in traditional settings. Marlo holds a board position with 2E Newsletter. Marlo has been recognized for her work by People Magazine, the Special Educator, ADDitude Magazine, the New York Times, National Public Radio and numerous local venues. Marlo is also the mother of two gifted, twice-exceptional young adults who she credits for the inspiration to much of her professional career. Marlo serves on the US Autism & Asperger Association Advisory Board and is the Director for the US College Autism Project, an initiative of USAAA. More...


sam towersSam Towers
Sam is a behavior analyst and special educator who has spent twenty-four years providing support to individuals with disabilities who use problem behavior. Sam taught for fourteen years and has worked as a behavior analyst for twelve years. Sam practices from the perspective of Applied Behavior Analysis. Sam has a small private practice, but spends most of his time as an in-house behavior analyst for a child placement agency, Innovations for Children. Innovations for Childen specializes in providing therapeutic foster homes for children with developmental disabilities, including Autism Spectrum Disorders. Sam currently has a chapter about problem behavior in an edited book in print. The book is titled When Down Syndrome Intersects with Autism and is due to be published by Woodbine House in November.


michael uszlerJ. Michael Uszler, MD
Dr. Uszler is Medical Director of the Nuclear Medicine Department at Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica, California, Assistant Clinical Professor of Molecular and Medical Pharmacology at UCLA, and Medical Director of DrSpectScan.com. He received his medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin (previously known as Marquette University School of Medicine) and his master's degree in medical physics from UCLA as part of his academic fellowship in Nuclear Medicine. As a board certified Nuclear Medicine physician, he has 3 decades of academic and clinical experience in hospital-based care, including 8 years at UCLA-Harbor General Hospital and 20 years as Medical Director of Nuclear Medicine at Santa Monica Hospital.

Dr. Uszler is nationally recognized for his expertise of brain SPECT imaging of disorders such as Autistic Spectrum Disorders, Cerebral Palsy, ADD/ADHD, near-drowning, closed head trauma, toxic encephalopathy, stroke and dementia. Dr. Uszler serves on the US Autism & Asperger Association Advisory Board. More...


sandra wiseSandra R. Wise, PsyD
As a licensed clinical psychologist, Dr. Wise has worked in private practice, was the Director of Mental Health for several Colorado prisons and for the Delaware State Department of Corrections. She has taught graduate-level courses in clinical psychology and has conducted numerous workshops and clinics, assisting clients of all ages and life challenges in improving self-awareness and understanding. In 2002, Dr. Wise, who has long understood the powerful dynamics inherent in human-animal relationships, began utilizing principles of applied behavioral analysis to train horses and cattle. Dr. Wise's equine-assisted programs focus on issues such as impulse control, anger management, problem-solving, goal setting, and social functioning. She facilitates interactions with horses that build skills in non-verbal communication, self-awareness, focus, cooperation, timing, boundaries, and empathy.

Dr. Wise sees this treatment model as one of the few that offer opportunities to address social deficits through interactions with living, breathing, responsive "beings" that can provide honest and immediate feedback without judgment, bias or condemnation. Moreover, clients need not be concerned with verbal language, which can often obfuscate and overshadow the important non-verbal aspects of social interactions. These qualities make this model particularly well-suited for persons with Autism Spectrum Disorders who need a safe, non-threatening environment to practice social thinking and non-verbal communication skills. More...


deanna wranghamDeanna Wrangham
Deanna Wrangham graduated of Monarch High School in Louisville, Colorado with the recognition of being the only student to complete their architectural design program. She completed her freshman year at the University of New Mexico in the spring of 2012 and transferred back to Colorado where she will continue her studies for a BS in Electrical Engineering. Deanna has over 200 hours of community service in Colorado, much of which was volunteer work for the Autism Society of Boulder County. She has participated in past US Autism & Asperger Association Sibling Panels and is Rachel Wrangham’s sister. As the sibling of an individual on the autism spectrum, Deanna knows first hand the pressures and questions siblings are faced with in society.


rachel wranghamRachel Wrangham
Rachel Wrangham is a young adult woman and was diagnosed with PDD-NOS at age seven. At the time of her diagnosis her parents were told that Rachel may never read, say "I love you", have friends, get a job, or go to college. Rachel graduated from Monarch High School with honors and is a past member of the National Technical Honor Society. Currently Rachel drives herself to Front Range Community College, located in Colorado, to complete her Associates Degree in MultiMedia and works at Dairy Queen.

Rachel has been featured in the Colorado Daily, Boulder Daily Camera and Boulder Weekly, as well as Mothering Magazine and Parade. Rachel was a driving force and beta tester for Project Spectrum, and has received awards and recognition for her graphic design work by SkillsUSA, Boulder Valley School District Destination Imagination and the Colorado Department of Transportation. Rachel has also presented to the National Institutes of Health Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee on biomedical treatments that she has found helpful.


scott wranghamScott Wrangham
Scott Wrangham and his wife Theresa have been married for 23 years and are parents to two young adult women, one of which is affected by autism. Scott was born near Baltimore, MD and received his BS in Mathematics and Computer Science from Towson State University. He has travelled much of the world living in Alaska, Utah, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates, before settling in Colorado in 2001. He currently works as a consultant to ConocoPhillips in northern Alaska.

As a father to an individual with autism, Scott understands the challenges of meeting financial treatment needs, emotional stressors on marriage, and the commuter employment lifestyle.


theresa wranghamTheresa Wrangham
Theresa K. Wrangham became a parent advocate as a result of her daughter Deanna's life-threatening asthma, as well as her daughter Rachel's diagnosis of PDD-NOS. In 2001 she co-founded the Autism Society of Boulder County (ASBC) in Colorado and served five terms as its president and, served on the Board of Directors for the Autism Society of Colorado. Theresa collaborated with Google to create Project Spectrum, a program designed to assist the autism community to identify possible career paths and to give educators classroom tools, and assist parents to obtaining special education services for their children. She has been featured in local and national television and print news reports and recently was featured in Parade Magazine. Within her community, she has helped to raise public awareness by publishing Colorado's first autism specific resource guide. Theresa is the Executive Director for NVIC.org. She serves on the US Autism & Asperger Association Advisory Board. More...


michael zeitlinMichael D. Zeitlin, CPA
Michael's extensive community volunteer service started in 1985. He has served on several charitable boards through the years. Michael D. Zeitlin is the immediate past President of the Autism Society of Colorado ("ASC"), having served as President from 2009 through 2011. Michael continues to serve on the Executive Committee and the Board Nominating Committee. He chaired the By-Laws Committee which rewrote ASC By-laws. Michael helped initiate ASC's The Face of Autism, in 2008, which has evolved into the Faces of Autism, a gala fundraising event for ASC. Michael earns his living as a Certified Public Accountant as the owner of Zeitlin & Associates, CPAs since 1982. He is also involved in commercial real estate and is one of the managers of an assisted living facility.

Michael received the June, 2009 Minoru Yasui Community Volunteer Award. June 25, 2009 was proclaimed as "Michael Zeitlin Day in Denver, Colorado" by mayor John Hickenlooper. The Colorado Society of CPAs honored Michael with a "CPAs Who Make a Difference" award in 2008. In collaboration with Stories on Stage's founder, Norma Moore, Michael was the driving force behind the first-ever production of Autism Chronicles in 2010. Michael is pleased that this great production is now enjoying a reprise thanks to the US Autism & Asperger Association. More...


QUICK FACTS
The US Autism & Asperger Association 5th Annual World Conference, held October 1-3, 2010, became the most viewed Autism/Asperger conference in the world. This was the first ever Autism and Asperger conference streamed lived in its entirety.


"In the fall of 2011, the greatest gift we received yet was attending the four-day USAAA conference in Seattle. There I met my heroes and found mentors that gave me hope and expanded my paradigm. Since the conference, we now approach life and our son from the view of acceptance, help him to see and know himself, teach him how to self advocate, and join with him in enjoying the things that make him smile. We no longer fight against our son’s differences but embrace them and this way of loving has even taught us to how better accept and love each other as a couple. We still have a long way to go and even more to learn, but I now know that hope has no limit unless I place it there.
- Sara McCarter, Mom to Magnus "the great"



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