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KAREN SIMMONS

 

HOST of the 1st WORLD AUTISM SUMMIT -2023

Karen is the Founder and CEO of Autism Today, the first online information and resource center for autism worldwide.

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RONALD CAISSIE, MEd, PhD

Co-host of the World Autism Summit 

As a professional in the mediation world for over 25 years and as an officer in the military, his passion is helping individuals, families and workplaces who are struggling in relationships by cohesively negotiating affordable agreements. During his past with the armed forces, he began to do mediation with families that had autistic and neurodiverse children.  He continued this into his private practice focusing on this area.  To date, he has completed hundreds of family and workplace mediations as well as many senior mediations which is a growing trend with the aging baby boomer population.

Dr. MARY TEMPLE GRANDIN

 KEYNOTE SPEAKER- DAY 1 - SEPT. 25th

A world-renowned member  and advocate of the Autism community. Dr. Grandin also is a college professor and prolific author. 

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ALAN KADISH

Bio: Dr. Kadish is focused on the diagnostics and therapeutics for ASD using the full scope of   interventions that truly make a difference.

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 MICHAEL CAMERON

Bio: Dr. Michael J. Cameron is a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst, currently serving as Chief Scientific Officer at Early Steps Pediatrics Group and Chief Clinical Officer for Upskill ABA. He also teaches at the University of Southern California's Department of Psychology and Applied Behavior Analysis. His expertise includes severe behavior treatment, behavioral intervention technologies, and knowledge management. He previously worked as Chief Clinical Officer at Springtide Child Development and was an Associate Professor at Simmons University. His education includes a master's in Applied Behavior Analysis and a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from Northeastern University.

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Carole Anne Hapchyn

Bio: Dr. Hapchyn is an infant and early childhood psychiatrist who has provided assessment and treatment for infants and preschool children with mental health disorders for several decades. 

Additionally, she is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Alberta.

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KAREN SIMMONS

Karen discusses her journey within the Autism community - starting with the identification of her fifth child - a son.

 Karen Chung 

BIO: Karen has over 14 years in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis and is the CEO and founder of Special Learning, Inc., an education technology company that delivers web-based continuing education training and educational resources, virtual supervision, and consultation to BCBAs, Psychologists, Speech Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Educators and family members of those living with autism across the globe.
 

MARY WROBEL

Bio: Mary is a  speech-language pathologist with 32 years experience and currently self employed. I specialize in autism, cognitive disabilities, and assistive technology. My special talent for problem solving allows me to create individualized approaches to teaching curriculum and making appropriate modifications suitable for the needs of a given student.
I have written a book(Taking Care of Myself) for which I was awarded ASA Outstanding Literary Work of the Year Award for 2004. I contributed a chapter on puberty to Asperger's and Girls(2006). I've contributed several articles on autism and puberty to various magazines. Currently, a consultant and author.

 

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CHRIS MELETIS

Bio: Naturopathic Medicine advocate.  Chris D. Meletis, ND, is an educator, international author, and lecturer. 

As the Director of Clinical Education at Dr. Meletis leverages his 30+ years of experience as a naturopathic physician and a scientific advisor to empower growth through education. His mission is to help healthcare professionals and consumers make informed choices about nutraceuticals and laboratory testing, based on the latest scientific evidence and clinical insights.

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STEVE DEN-KAAT

DAY 2 SPEAKER

Clinical director of Diverse Minds Psychology
He has provided clinical services - therapy,  to individuals on the Autism Spectrum.
 

 SVETA SILVERMAN

Sveta is a conventional doctor with passion for education of disease prevention and health promotion.

Since 2006, Dr. Silverman has been teaching nutrient dense foods, and cellular integrity to the local Edmonton community.

In 2019, Dr. Silverman received a certification as a Practitioner in Natural Medicine from PanAmerican School of Natural Medicine and is currently enrolled into American Fellowship of Anti-Aging and Regenerative medicine. In 2020, Dr. Silverman has received a yoga teacher certification.

Dr. Silverman is a member of NAEM (The National Association of Environmental Health, Safety and Sustainability Management), and a member of OncNAP (Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians).

 

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GIUSEPPE ROTOLO

Bio: Medical Doctor at Autism Pro

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CHRIS ABILDGAARD

Bio: National Speaker on ASD, Executive Functioning and Mental Health Counseling. Awarded “Top Psychologist” by Exceptional Needs Today 2021.

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IRA HEILVEIL

Bio: Co-Founder of the Hyperion Behavioral Health Center.  Specialties: consultation to individuals and agencies regarding special education, autism, applied behavior analysis, family therapy, entrepreneurship, and aviation.

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PRANJALI KHAIRMODE 

Bio: Physiotherapist at InStep Physiotherapy

VP at Autism Today Foundation Canada

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 H.M. SKIP KINGSTON

 Skip Kingston is working on environmental human health and metrology of Exposomics and personalized medicine by developing and patenting new more accurate human measurement methods 

 

Chris Bogner

Bio: Dr. Christian Bogner stands as an accomplished practitioner in the realm of functional medicine, diligently investigating the underlying triggers of neuropsychiatric disorders. Within the sphere of his practice, he extends his expertise to families grappling with a spectrum of conditions including autism, anxiety, cognitive disorders, depression and others. With a solid foundation in the surgical domain of medicine, Dr. Bogner boasts an impressive 22-year tenure in clinical practice, during which he has seamlessly transitioned his focus to the arena of functional medicine.

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JESSICA SCHONHUT- STASIK 

 
PhD Candidate, Astronomy — Vanderbilt University
Neurodiversity Inspired Science and Engineering Fellow
Program Coordinator — Frist Center for Autism and Innovation
Host of AstronomerAND

 

PATRICIA BEACH

 Patty Beach is the founder of LeadershipSmarts a leadership development consulting practice in Boulder Colorado. Patty’s core belief is that every voice matters and together we really can achieve anything. Patty’s bestselling business book The Art of Alignment A Practical Guide for Inclusive Leadership includes many memorable success formulas that leaders can apply to turn that core belief into reality. When leaders implement the simple principles and practices they create a workplace that honors our neurodiversity so all can thrive.

TIM CONWAY

The Morris Center

President at The Morris Center clinics, CEO NOW! Company; Dyslexic & Brain Scientist published in Neuropsychology, Neuroimaging, Neurorehabilitation and Neurodevelopmental Disorders Diagnosis & Treatment

Kinsley Rausch-Dudzic

Associate Director of Advancement Franklin Academy.

Kinsley is a thoughtful, creative educator with a proven track record helping young women find their voices and contribute to their school, their community, and the world.  She has extensive experience developing new programs and residential curricula.

JONATHAN ALDERSON

Jonathan Alderson is the Founder and Director of the Integrative Multi-Treatment Intervention program for autism acceptance and development. Alderson offers a highly customized solution and specializes in blending play therapy, structured learning, ABA, sensory, and biomedical treatments into an integrated model, paying attention to order and timing. “The issues underlying the challenges of autistic children are multifaceted – so the treatment must also be multifaceted." He serves as the Chair of the Professional Advisory Committee of the Seneca College Behavioural Science Program and is the author of Challenging the Myths of Autism honored with 7 awards including the Mom’s Choice Gold Award, an American Non-Fiction Authors’ Association Silver award, and the 2012 International Book Award for Best Parent-Resource.

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RITA HERNANDEZ

Bio: With an illustrious career spanning over four decades, Rita Hernandez stands as an epitome of innovation and excellence in the international, general, and Hispanic media markets. Her unwavering commitment and exceptional work ethic have established her as a distinguished and proactive executive, universally respected by peers and competitors alike.

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CAROLINE GADDY

Bio: Caroline Gaddy is an Autistic SLP and AAC Consultant based in Virginia.  She is on the TD team with Tobii Dynavox.

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TIM GOLDSTEIN

Bio: Neurodiverse Communication Specialist bridging the tech business gap. Learn about adult autism from an autistic person.

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StephenShore.comSTEPHEN SHORE

Bio: Stephen Mark Shore is an American autistic professor of special education at Adelphi University. He has written several books on autism: College for Students with Disabilities, Understanding Autism for Dummies, Ask and Tell, and Beyond the Wall.

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NISH PARIKH

Bio: Nish Parikh, CEO of WebTeam Corporation and VP of Rangam Consultants Inc., is the winner in the "Innovation Hero - Individual" 

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THOMAS EDWARDS

Bio: TEDx Talker. Author. Innovation at engineering-intensive firms. Autism-at-work & leadership. Department Chair, Engineering, Temple University

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MARCIA ECKERD

Bio: A long-time licensed psychologist working with autistic individuals for more than 30 years.  On several advisory boards including  the Clinical Advisory Group of the Asperger’s Autism Network (AANE.org). A prolific author of journal articles and a frequent lecturer and presenter, including her “Learning and the Brain” conference that was co-sponsored by Harvard, MIT, Johns Hopkins, and Tufts, and an international conference, “Special Kids International Summit” co-sponsored by UNESCO.

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BILL McDONALD

Bio: Founder of Macdonald Tuskey Corporate & Securities Lawyers and Macdonald Tuskey LLP, William L. MacDonald currently holds the position of Chairman at Canucks Autism Network, Principal at Macdonald Tuskey Corporate & Securities Lawyers and Secretary & Independent Director at Viscount Mining Corp.

 

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DAVE THOMPSON

As Director of Strategic Programs for Potentia Workforce, Dave supports companies in becoming more neuroinclusive through training and support in becoming self-sufficient, as well as recruiting and providing ongoing support to neurodistinct professionals and their teams.

 

He uses his experiences as a neurodistinct professional himself, along with those in building, managing, and scaling neuroinclusive hiring programs internationally to develop and share how we can change the workplace to work for everyone.

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RICHARD SCHREIBER

Days 4 and 7

Bio:  Richard Schreiber is the co-founder of NYC Autism Community Group. He is also the father of a child on the autism spectrum.

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CONNER REINHARDT

Bio: Recently diagnosed neurodivergent, Conner has witnessed the extraordinary talents of the neurodiverse community first-hand. He uses his knowledge with his work at MENTRA.

JOHN COMEGYS

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John Comegys has over 20 years’ experience in assisting people with disabilities to find and maintain competitive employment. He has the terminal degree in vocational disabilities--a master’s degree in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling and is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor.  John was a credentialed special education teacher for ten years and earned an Interdisciplinary Professional Leadership Certificate in Autism in 2013 from Fresno Pacific University. Thus he combines the skills of a vocational expert with those of a special education teacher with advanced training in Autism.  

John facilitated job clubs for adults on the autism spectrum in Sacramento, Modesto, and San Francisco for over 6 years.  He was awarded special recognition for his “outstanding contributions” to the job club by the Board of AASCEND for his work with the Autism Job Club of San Francisco. 

(I know you are going to ask. Comegys rhymes with ‘rummages’. It is Dutch, Gys is a boy’s name in the Netherlands.) 

 

STEPHEN SICOLI

Bio: Stephen is a licenced associate at one of the largest,
fastest-growing financial firms in Canada. Helping Canadian families prepare for their future is only one of the facets of his life.

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MICHAEL RINGEL

 Bio: Financial Expert 

Empowering families to experience purpose, freedom & abundance. Inspiring & coaching families on the truths of investing and designing a plan that supports their purpose.

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TARITA DAVENOCK

Tarita has built a reputation as a global expert in the field of accessible travel, and inclusive tourism. A speaker and contributor to the Huffington Post, and other travel publications

 Tarita is sought after for her extensive business knowledge as an entrepreneur with a disability and is passionate about creating access for all.  Tarita has served in a diverse range of roles over the years. Recently, she has also become Vice President with https://barrierfreecanada.org/

Tarita has two graduate degrees, one in English and Behavioral Psychology and is currently working on the completion of her Doctoral Thesis in Behavioral Psych. 

Her passion for creating inclusion, diversity, and support for people with disabilities continues to drive her in establishing opportunities at creating a better world.

 

MELISSA SHEA

Bio: Melissa is a phenom in the world of real estate with being a top realtor!  She also has a heart for causes.

Melissa is an international speaker, and a two-time author with Mission Matters and the Jack Canfield group. In 2019 was voted top 100 women in Real Estate. In 2020 she sold one of her companies to MBH an international company and was published in Forbes magazine.

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TOBII DYNAVOX

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 Tobii Dynavox is the market leader in assistive technology for communication. Their custom designed communication aids & corresponding support system enable people with disabilities such as cerebral palsy, ALS, autism, spinal cord injury & aphasia to communicate & live their lives to the fullest.

DANI BOWMAN

Bio:Dani Bowman • Autism Advocate, Entrepreneur & Producer • Cast Member: Love on the Spectrum US • Keynote Speaker • Founder of DaniMation
 
 

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ALEX BUCKLES

 Bio: Chief Revenue Officer at Mentra. This company's website stated they are..." designed by and for neurodivergents to bring their full and genuine selves to work and achieve their fullest potential. That starts with our team!"

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ESTHER THANE

 

Esther is a therapist and business owner, passionate about Autism & diverse developmental needs. This passion has lead her to Mundo Pato- a therapy intelligence company & cloud publishing partner. It is an honor to serve the both the local and global communities: Education | Therapy | Integrative Medicine, connecting with inspiring organizations, practices, & thought leaders throughout the world.

JENNIFER BUCHANAN

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Jennifer Buchanan is a distinguished music therapist with a career spanning over three decades, marked by innovation, advocacy, and a deep commitment to the therapeutic potential of music. As the Founder of JB Music Therapy, Jennifer leads a dedicated team of certified music therapists who serve thousands across various settings each year, testament to her vision and leadership in the field.

 

 Currently, she holds a prestigious position as a Director at Canada's National Music Centre, further solidifying her standing as a leading figure in the world of therapeutic arts. And, Jennifer is an accomplished author, Jennifer's latest book, "Wellness, Wellplayed," delves into the profound impact of playlists on our well-being.

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TAYLOR DUNCAN

Bio: Taylor Duncan, diagnosed with autism at the age of 4, is the Founder (Chief Executive Officer) of Alternative Baseball

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 ELAINE HALL

Elaine Hall aka "Coach E" is an award winning author, international keynote speaker, media personality, and acting coach for film and TV. Her groundbreaking organization, The Miracle Project, a theater and film program for children and adults of all abilities, was the inspiration for the two time Emmy Award–winning HBO documentary Autism: The Musical. Elaine is an international keynote speaker and autism/inclusion advocate and focuses on being "Miracle-Minded" to bring out the best in all children. She has received numerous awards from leading organizations including Autism Speaks, the Autism Society of America, Holly Robinson Peete’s HollyRod Foundation, the Shalom Institute, the Malibu Education Foundation, the Mayor of Los Angeles. Los Angeles Magazine named her one of "Los Angeles’s 50 most inspiring women" and Elaine’s memoir, Now I See the Moon was the official selection by the United Nations for World Autism Awareness Day.

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 EASE GROUP 

Everyday Arts for Special Education (EASE) is a multi arts, professional development program for classroom teachers, related service providers, parents and educators. EASE Methodology provides fun, engaging and creative pathways into both social emotional and academic learning. Funded by the US Department of Education, EASE is an evidence-based arts-integrated approach to teaching students of all abilities.

 

EASE Consultants, Stefanie Singer, Erica Rooney, Nysheva-Starr and Joan Merwyn share their extensive artistic, educational and administrative expertise working with New York City and Los Angeles public schools while discussing the importance of arts in education, and it's benefits for students on the autism spectrum.

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ELLEN GERSTEIN

Bio: Ellen is an award-winning actor, writer, director, and producer. She offers a very popular actor's workshop, including for people with unique talents, such as Autism.

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Sarah A. Glofcheskie

Bio: CEO and Founder of BeMe.ai

BeMe.ai is focused on bridging the gap between the current standard of care provided to Autistic individuals and a truly individualized, needs-based approach to holistic wellbeing on a massive scale.

website: BeMe.ai

 

CHERYL GINNINGS

Family caregiver, International Speaker, and Differently-Abled coach

Cheryl is an International Speaker who values those who are caring for families and trying to work.

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Louise Masin Sattler

KEYNOTE SPEAKER 

Bio: Louise Masin Sattler is an educator, psychologist, and advocate for children with unique needs- including Autism. She owns Signing Families and is a frequent speaker and contributor to media, such as SLATE, USA TODAY, CNN, Pediatric Safety, among others. She co-produced the web series- The Salon  - with its' diverse cast (with Harry Shearer, Kate Linder, Eddie Buck, and Luis Lopez).  Louise is known for her fast-paced and humorous workshops.

website: LouiseSattler.com

Instagram: @LouiseSattler

Linkedin:  Linkedin.com/in/louisemasinsattler

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GIRI PULIGANDLA

Bio:  Experienced and passionate change-maker in health and social systems. Canadian Mental Health Association - Edmonton Region

 

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MOISH TOV

Bio:Moish Tov is a seasoned CEO, entrepreneur and dynamic leader with extensive start-up, life science and technology experience.  Moish founded and led rapid growth start-up companies, eventually leading them to management-led leveraged buyouts through attractive disruptive innovation strategies. 

Moish also has a profound and personal understanding of autism as the father of two young men on the spectrum.  He is now applying his experience to the field of autism by founding JoyDew, a social enterprise dedicated to recognizing and untapping autism “superpowers” for high-level employment, reducing healthcare inequity, and providing social community and eventually housing for people with autism.

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MARY ANN HUGHES

Mary Ann is a well-known expert on the topic of divorce and special needs families. 

Mary Ann is a Special Needs Certified Divorce Coach / Consultant 

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GARY HAWKINS

Bio: Fellow NHS Clinical Entrepreneur Programme | Fellow MSE Innovation Programme | Founder NEBS Systems Ltd | Founder @ Founders Wellbeing Club | Senior Learning Disability Nurse | Clinical reviewer and chair for C(E)TR’s

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JOHN COMEGYS

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John Comegys has over 20 years’ experience in assisting people with disabilities to find and maintain competitive employment. He has the terminal degree in vocational disabilities--a master’s degree in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling and is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor.  John was a credentialed special education teacher for ten years and earned an Interdisciplinary Professional Leadership Certificate in Autism in 2013 from Fresno Pacific University. Thus he combines the skills of a vocational expert with those of a special education teacher with advanced training in Autism.  

J(I know you are going to ask. Comegys rhymes with ‘rummages’. It is Dutch, Gys is a boy’s name in the Netherlands.) 

 

RICHARD SCHREIBER

Bio:  Richard Schreiber is the co-founder of NYC Autism Community Group. He is also the father of a child on the autism spectrum.

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Rajeev Nirmalakandan

 Director: The Odd Way Home

Rajeev Nirmalakhandan is a multi-faceted creative professional, professor at a film school, accomplished filmmaker, creative executive at a production company, and an empowerment speaker and coach. Born in Sri Lanka, Rajeev's life journey has been marked by overcoming formidable medical challenges, spinal surgeries, and navigating life with a disability. Through his award-winning film "The Odd Way Home," Rajeev has painted a powerful and uplifting picture of the human spirit, particularly that of a man on the Autism spectrum. His unwavering mission is to empower others to leverage their adversity, discover their hidden strengths, and ignite confidence and courage.

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SARAH GLOFAHESCHE Bio: Co-Founder of BeMe.ai website: BeMe.ai

Marlee Bell from TobiiDynavox.com

DAY 4 PANELIST SEPT 28th, 8pm ET/ 5pm PT Bio: Board Certified Behavior Analyst at Adventures in Social Development Linkedin:

Nimra currently works as a Project Coordinator with Smile Canada - Support Services which isan organization that supports racialized youth with disabilities and their families.

JUDE CEPERO DAY 3 PANELIST SEPT 27th, 8pm ET/ 5pm PT Bio: Experienced educator with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry. website

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