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SPEAKER BIOS AND ABSTRACTS - World leading autism and Asperger experts, discuss new research, treatment modalities, resources and avenues for advocacy. Topics include medical/biomedical, educational, behavioral and developmental evidence-based interventions. Learn more about the topics and schedule.

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*Parent or family member of an individual with autism, Asperger, or PDD-NOS
**As a child or as an adult, diagnosed with autism, Asperger, or PDD-NOS

Raun K. Kaufman**, Stephen M. Shore, EdD**, Benjamin Tarasewicz**, Jennifer O'Toole**, Christopher M. Gauthier, MFA**
10-minute Keynotes - Friday, September 5

Martha Herbert, MD, PhD
Keynote - Saturday, September 6
Assistant Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School, Pediatric Neurologist at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston; Author

Scott Adams, CFP*
Dedicated parent of six children; national presenter; co-founder of The Special Needs Planning Center
Joyce DeMio*
Parent advocate focusing on dietary intervention, therapies, education, and the complicated process of procuring state and federal funding assistance.
Phillip C. DeMio, MD*
Medical Director at the Whole Health & Wellness Centers, OH; ER Physician at Case Western University Hospitals and former faculty member; Board-certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine.
Christopher M. Gauthier, MFA** *
Assistant Professor of Art, Photography, Utah State University and co-founder of Evidence and Artifacts: Facing Autism, a photographic project; Self-advocate
Theodore Henderson, MD, PhD
Licensed psychiatrist, private practice in Centennial, Colorado
Devin Houston, PhD
Founder of Houston Nutraceuticals; Biochemist, Scientific Consultant, and former College Professor
Valerie W. Hu, PhD*
Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, George Washington University, Author
Lawrence P. Kaplan, PhD*
Founder, US Autism & Asperger Association (USAAA); Author; Parent advocate
Margaret Dillon Katz
Presentation Coordinator at The College Internship Program
Raun K. Kaufman**
Director of Global Education, Autism Treatment Center of America; Author; Self-advocate
Daniel Knowles**
Student and self-advocate
Lori Knowles-Jimenez*
Director of New Beginnings Nutritionals; Parent advocate
Tammy Matassa*
Parent advocate
Julie Matthews, CNC
Certified Nutritional Consultant, Co-founder of Nourishing Hope; Author; Creator of Cooking to Heal
Vonda Minor*
Family Support Coordinator and Autism Navigator at the Kansas City Regional Office; Parent advocate
Jennifer O'Toole** *
Founder, Asperkids; Self-advocate
Tim Page, DFA** *
Professor at University of Southern California at both the Thornton School of Music and the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism; Author; Pulitzer Prize winner
James W. Partington, PhD, BCBA
Licensed psychologist, board-certified behavior analyst, doctoral level (BCBA-D); Director of Behavior Analysts; former Professor West Virginia University, USF, St. Mary's College
William Shaw, PhD*
Board-certified in the fields of clinical chemistry and toxicology. Founder, Great Plains Laboratory, Researcher and Chemist. Worked for Children's Mercy Hospital and the UMKC School of Medicine
Stephen M. Shore, EdD**
Professor, Adelphi University; Author; Self-advocate; Has presented in more countries and states than anyone from the autism community
Jennifer Smith*
Executive Director, Autism Society - The Heartland; Parent advocate
Kenneth Stoller, MD
Chief of Hyperbaric Medicine, Amen Clinics, San Francisco; Adjunct Assistant Professor at the AT Still School of Medicine in Arizona.
Benjamin Tarasewicz
Self-advocate; public speaker; actor; musician
Marlo Payne Thurman, MS
Adjunct faculty member, University of Northern Colorado; School Psychologist; National Educational Consultant; Author
Gil Tippy, PsyD
Clinical Director of the Rebecca School in Manhattan, New York.
J. Michael Uszler, MD
Medical Director of the Nuclear Medicine Department at Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica, California; Assistant Clinical Professor UCLA, Molecular and Medical Pharmacology.
Theresa K. Wrangham*
Parent advocate; co-founded the Autism Society of Boulder County, CO; Featured in Parade Magazine and in national television and print news reports

maertha herbertMartha Herbert, MD, PhD -Keynote
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's recently published book is entitled "The Autism Revolution: Whole Body Strategies For Making Life All It Can Be". More...

scott adamsScott Adams, CFP
Scott Adams is a financial planner and a dedicated parent of six children, three for whom have special needs. Scott brings a personal and relatable perspective to families with children with special needs. Speaking nearly four times per month to different groups and organizations, Scott shares his personal experience as well as his practical advice on a wide variety of special needs topics. Scott and his wife, Lisa, adopted their three oldest children over 12 years ago. As with many families, managing the day-to-day needs were challenging but manageable. The more difficult task was planning for their children long-term with limited information and resources. Scott's personal experience of planning for his own children led him to acquire the specialized knowledge required to plan for their unique legal and financial future. This discovery inspired him to co-found The Special Needs Planning Center which is focused 100% on special needs planning. And it is what drives him to share the information and knowledge he's learned with the special needs community. Scott continues to be involved in community boards and organizations. More...

joyce demioJoyce Miller DeMio
Joyce Miller DeMio started her career in the airline industry in 1987. She held positions with PeoplExpress Airlines, Continental Airlines, and Frontier Airlines, including Airport Management, Quality Assurance and Corporate and Regional Sales. She is currently the Corporate Development Manager for the Akron-Canton Airport. In February 1996 she married the love of her life, Dr. Phillip DeMio.

In June 2000 she gave birth to their beautiful, healthy and perfect son. Sadly with each series of vaccinations their son's health declined, until at his 18 month well-baby visit he was vaccine injured to the extent that he stopped walking, talking, swallowing, voiding and making eye contact. Phillip and Joyce were advised "nothing could be done". Thanks to their wise decision to ignore that advice their son, through a rigorous treatment of biomedical treatment and therapies, has shown tremendous recovery. Phillip focused his energies on medical treatment and research, while Joyce focused on dietary intervention, therapies, Daniel's education, and the complicated process of procuring state and federal funding assistance for the long road ahead. She has published blogs and editorials both on the Internet and in the local newspaper during Autism Awareness Month on her continuing frustrations regarding Awareness and Action. Their son is now 14 and still in the recovery process. Joyce is a fierce and committed mother with a singular goal of recovery for her son and the countless sons' and daughters' affected with these terrible disorders currently labeled Autism Spectrum Disorders.

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 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 an ER Physician at Case Western Reserve University Hospitals. 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...

christopher gauthierChristopher M. Gauthier, MFA
Chris has been an Assistant Professor of Photography at Utah State University since 2008. Prior to coming to Utah State University, Christopher taught at Jackson State University, a Historically Black College and University in Jackson, Mississippi. He received a Master of Fine Arts degree from Ohio University in photography in 2003 and a Bachelors of Arts degree in Cinema and Photography from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL in 1997. His photography 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.

Christopher has presented his project, Evidence and Artifacts at conferences, symposiums and workshops on art, the environment, and disability; including at the Association of University Centers on Disabilities 2012 Conference in Washington D.C., the 2013 Mountain West Arts Conference, and three consecutive years at the US Autism and Asperger Association World Conference. In 2013, Christopher was awarded a Utah Visual Arts Fellowship and the Autism Council of Utah's Individual of the Year Award. Christopher currently sits on the advisory board of the US Autism and Asperger Association, and Madison House Foundation. More...

dr. hendersonTheodore Henderson, MD, PhD
Dr. Theodore Henderson has extensive training and experience to the practice of Psychiatry. He trained in Psychiatry at the prestigious Barnes/Jewish Hospitals at Washington University in St. Louis. Dr. Henderson approaches psychiatry from a brain-based biological perspective and recognizes the limitations of the categorical philosophy of the DSM system. "Most people cannot be pigeon-holed into a single category and most psychiatric conditions are actually a range of disturbed neurobiological processes. As a result, I approach each patient, child or adult, as an individual with a unique brain."

Dr. Henderson completed a fellowship in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Colorado. He also has training in Radiology, Nuclear Medicine, and the genetics of psychiatry. He established his private practice, Child, Adolescent, and General Psychiatry in Centennial Colorado in July of 2000. Dr. Henderson brings a unique blend of expertise in psychopharmacology, neurobiology, and an understanding of human nature to the practice of psychiatry. In 1991, Dr. Henderson founded the Child Abuse Prevention Task Force at Saint Louis University. This program taught children, parents, and teachers about child sexual abuse and how to prevent it. Each year, this program reached over 8,000 children throughout the metro St. Louis area, primarily in the poor inner-city schools. Dr. Henderson wrote a training manual on this program that was implemented at other medical schools and he co-wrote a book chapter in the book, A Parent’s & Teacher's Handbook on Identifying and Preventing Child Abuse (1998). Dr. Henderson participates in psychopharmacology web forums, the Society of Nuclear Medicine Brain Imaging Council, and is a guest editor for journals of psychiatry. More..

Dr. HoustonDevin Houston, PhD
Dr. Houston obtained a B.A. degree in Biology from Hendrix College in 1979. He then was awarded a B.S. degree in Medical Science in 1980 and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of South Alabama College of Medicine in 1987. Dr. Houston's graduate work focused on how the aging process affected certain enzyme systems. Following the defense of his thesis work, Dr. Houston accepted a post-doctoral position at the University of Virginia where he became involved in several fields of research, including ligand-receptor interactions of the adenosine receptor, diabetes, and mechanisms of how cells respond to environmental signals. Dr. Houston's work was funded by the American Heart Association.

In 1990, Dr. Houston accepted a position at Saint Louis University School of Medicine. While there, he obtained the position as Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Physiology. His research focus was on characterizing the cannabinoid (marihuana) receptor as a possible model for Alzheimer's research. Dr. Houston's work was funded by several grants from the National Institutes of Health. He published several peer-reviewed papers, as well as presenting his finding at several symposia. In 1997, Dr. Houston left academia for industry, and accepted a position as Manager of Research and Development at National Enzyme Company. While there, he upgraded the existing lab and instituted more advanced methods of analysis. Instrumental in new product development, he is the formulator and inventor of SerenAid(tm), an enzyme product currently distributed by Klaire Laboratories.

In March of 2000, Dr. Houston left National Enzyme and became a scientific consultant to the dietary supplement industry prior to founding Houston Enzymes Inc. More...

valerie huValerie W. Hu, PhD
Valerie W. Hu, Ph.D., is a Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine at The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Washington, DC as well as the mother of a son with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Dr. Hu was trained as a chemist, with a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the California Institute of Technology, postdoctoral research in Membrane Biochemistry and Immunology at UCLA, and a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Hawaii. She has a long research history in cross-disciplinary studies focused on protein structure-function relationships and membrane-protein interactions.

In late 2004, because of her personal interest in ASD, she redirected her research focus towards autism, with long-range goals of developing biomarker-based diagnosis and personalized treatment of autism spectrum disorders. Dr. Hu has since become a leader in the application of multi-disciplinary, integrative genomics approaches to ASD which involve the integration of large-scale data from gene expression, behavioral, genetic, and epigenetic analyses, which are described in 18 research articles and reviews published since 2006. She is also the sole editor and one of the chapter authors for a recently released book entitled: Frontiers of Autism Research: New Horizons for Diagnosis and Treatment - Discount code until July 14, 2014 - WS914625 (World Scientific, May 2014). More...

lawrence p kaplanLawrence P. Kaplan, PhD
Dr. Kaplan is a parent of child affected and afflicted 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-two years improving the quality of life of individuals and others affected and afflicted by autism, Asperger Syndrome and Pervasive Developmental Disorders, and other related disorders. More...

margaret dillion katzMargaret Dillon Katz
Margaret Dillon Katz is the Presentation Coordinator at The College Internship Program. She has been working with students & families for over twenty years as they consider and search for the right educational choice for the student. She works with students and families during the critical transition from high school to college and again from CIP to the next transition towards independence. Margaret has over 20 years of experience working with high school and college students in college admissions and was the Acting Director of Admissions at Ursinus College, PA, and Director of Admissions at Berkshire Country Day School a Pre-K - 12 school in Lenox. She enjoys living in other cultures and worked in admissions at a Waldorf Rudolf Steiner Pre-K - 12 school in Vancouver, Canada and Wellington, New Zealand. 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...

daniel knowlesDaniel Knowles
Daniel Knowles is the youngest of four children born in 1998. He was diagnosed with autism in 2000 by Kansas University Medical Center. After 4.5 years of aggressive therapies (ABA, Speech, OT, GFCF diet, supplements, yeast and detoxification treatment), Daniel lost his diagnosis of autism. This was confirmed through his participation in an Autism Recovery Study by the National Institutes of Health in 2010. He is currently a Junior at Blue Valley Northwest High School in Overland Park, Kansas, where he is an A student and a member of the Marching Band Drum Line.

lori knowlesLori Knowles-Jimenez
Lori Knowles-Jimenez is a mother of a recovered child (Daniel) 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...

Tammy Matassa

tammy matassaTammy Matassa is the mother of a child with a regressive form of autism losing all skills. She frequently refers to this time as "starting over at ground zero". For over fifteen years she has been a strong advocate for the dietary intervention of the gluten and casein free diet as it made a huge difference with her son. She has worked with companies on the importance of providing more options for children on the diet and dedicating facilities to both gluten and casein free sources. Tammy has consulted and assisted in the implementation with families considering special diets for their children. She has lectured on the topic of autism, sensory integration and special diets at universities, public schools and conferences. She had her own special events/marketing company for years while living in Canada and then became a full-time parent-advocate. While living in Indiana over ten years ago, she helped set up a special needs clinic for children with autism and worked as a Doctor-Patient liaison. Tammy co-created an autism bio-support group that helped increase services. She is passionate about helping others to see the beautiful gift that these children bring and the lessons they are here to teach us as well as taking care to nurture their souls. She currently resides in the Salt Lake City area with her son creating a balanced, healthy and beautiful life while on the path to recovery.

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...

vonda minorVonda Minor
Vonda Minor is an educator and mother of two young sons with autism. Ms. Minor is a Family Support Coordinator and Autism Navigator for the Kansas City Regional Office. Kansas City Regional Office is the primary point of entry for the following counties: Platte, Clay, Ray, Jackson, Lafayette, Cass, Johnson, and Bates. Kansas City does not provide paid services. However, regional offices purchase services from contracted agencies licensed by the Department of Mental Health or other national accrediting agencies. Support Coordination is available in every county. Support Coordinators provide case management and are responsible for assisting with advocacy, linking people to services and assuring the health and safety of the individual supported. Regional Office staff are available to explain support coordination options in your county. The Kansas City Regional Office is located at 821 E Admiral Blvd, Kansas City MO 64106. Contact: 816-889-3400. More...

jennifer otooleJennifer O'Toole
Jennifer O’Toole is the winner of the Autism Society of America's 2014 Outstanding Literary Work of the Year, the 2012 Temple Grandin Award, a recipient of GRASP's 2012 Distinguished Spectrumite Medal, 2012 AuKids Speaker of the Year, and a nominee for the 2012 Autism Society Book Award and Godiva's Woman of the Year. TV actress/Activist Holly Robinson Peete even listed Jennifer among her "Autism Parent Superstars".

Most recently, she's been invited to speak to the President's Council on Fitness at the White House Summit on Americans with Disabilities, and was added to the "Who’s Who" list of International Aspie Mentors - along with Temple Grandin and Stephen Shore - to contribute to Dr. Tony Attwood'’s "Been There. Done That. Try This." anthology. But it's Jennifer's unique "have a cup of coffee with me" conversationalist presentation of useful insights which has touched hearts, lightened spirits and even led to the founding of Asperkids, LLC, a multi-media social education company, and Academy AK, an online "school of awesomeness for all". O’Toole was diagnosed as an Aspie in adulthood, is the mother of three Asperkids, the wife of an Aspie, an award-winning educator and author of the internationally celebrated "Asperkids" book series.

O’Toole graduated with honors from Brown University and has since studied at the Graduate School of Social Work at Columbia University and Graduate School of Education at Queens University. In response to the overwhelming popularity of her message, she founded Asperkids, LLC, a multimedia social education company that prides itself on clever creativity, useful strategies and relentless positivity.. More...

tim pageTim Page, DFA
Tim Page was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome at the age of forty-five and says, "I am very grateful to have the diagnosis [of Asperger 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...

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...

Jen SmithJennifer Smith
Jennifer Smith, Executive Director for the Autism Society-The Heartland, has two children, Corinne, 20, and Cameron, 19, both with autism. Jennifer has been advocating for individuals with autism and their families for over 16 years, and has served on many autism communities Board of Directors. Jennifer has a degree in Hospitality Management and has Marketing and Event Planning experience. Jennifer was recently awarded the Unsung Hero Award for Autism by the Johnson County Community College and Kansas Center for Autism Research and Training. Jennifer's focus is to be able to bring together the community to collaborate on the issues that touch the lives of those with autism and the organizations that serve them. More...

Dr. StollerKenneth Stoller, MD
Dr. Kenneth Stoller completed his training from the University of California at Los Angeles School of Medicine in 1986 and was a practicing pediatrician for over two decades focusing on brain injured children and adults. Dr. Stoller's area of expertise is functional medicine, also known as integrative medicine. He has been working with patients with brain injuries ranging from traumatic brain injury, stroke, autism, cerebral palsy, MS, chemo-brain, and Lyme brain since the late 1990s. Dr. Stoller recognizes that many infectious agents are actually at the root cause of many mental health problems. Lyme Disease is the most recognized of the medical illnesses that will cause everything from bipolar depression, dementia to seizures. He believes countless patients have been misdiagnosed with a mental illness when they actually have an untreated infection. He also believes that the conventional testing protocol for Lyme may miss half the infected patients.

Dr. Stoller is one of the few physicians that has been made a lifetime Fellow of the American College of Hyperbaric Medicine, and he has published numerous articles on using hyperbaric oxygen to treat brain injuries. He pioneered the use of hyperbaric oxygen for treating fetal alcohol syndrome and the journal, Pediatrics, published his work in 2005. Dr. Stoller is at the leading edge of physicians who use natural supplements and bio-identical hormones to help patients heal their brains. Dr. Stoller is Board Certified in Hyperbaric Medicine and has been president of the International Hyperbaric Medical Association since 2002. He is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the AT Still School of Medicine Arizona and Chief of Hyperbarics at the Amen Clinics in San Francisco. Dr. Stoller specializes in Hyperbaric medicine, traumatic brain injury (TBI) and what he calls crypto-infectious diseases, such as Lyme disease. Dr. Stoller's extracurricular activities include being a founding board member of the Humane Farming Association. More...

benjamin tarasewiczBenjamin Tarasewicz
Benjamin Tarasewicz, a gifted young speaker with high-functioning autism, has been giving inspiring and informational presentations titled, Living With Autism: Breaking Through Barriers, throughout Colorado. Benjamin has been featured in various news articles and on TV. He has spoken at Colorado University, Boulder (Honors Psych. Speaker Series), Regis University, for the Colorado Department of Education), for SEAC (Special Education Advisory Council), at high schools, and at various community venues.

Benjamin was a featured presenter for the 2013 BolderLife Festival, an influential film/education/action event. Benjamin was also invited to speak at the Colorado Talented and Gifted (CAGT) Conference and for the AutCom autism conference in 2013. He was recognized by the ACL (Assoc. for Community Living) with their "Self-Advocate of the Year" award in 2013 and by the ASC (Autism Society of Colorado) with their “Compassionate Youth of the Year” award in 2012.

Benjamin is a compelling speaker who moves his audiences to both laughter and tears. His message is one of hope and perseverance, and he inspires people in all walks of life to meet the challenges in their own lives. Benjamin's call for compassion and awareness is vital. Nationwide, 1 in 68 children are being diagnosed with autism - the fabric of society is thus changing, and we can all benefit from understanding the impacts of autism. More...

marlo thurmanMarlo Payne Thurman, MS
Marlo Thurman is an adjunct faculty member in the special education department at the University of Northern Colorado. She 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. Through her private practice she carried out this interest, specializing 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 to provide 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 and serves on the advisory board of US Autism and Asperger Association. Marlo directs the US College Autism Project, a project of the US Autism & Asperger Association. 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 young adults who she credits for the inspiration to much of her professional career. More...

gil tippyGil Tippy, PsyD
Gil Tippy, PsyD, is the Clinical Director of the Rebecca School in Manhattan. As one of the founders of the school, he has been responsible for evaluating over 300 children, and has been central in creating both the academic and clinical programs. He creates the training for the entire staff, and consults on their interventions with the children in the school. He was directly supervised by Dr. Stanley Greenspan, creator of the Developmental, Individual difference, Relationship-based (DIR®) model from the beginning of the school until Dr. Greenspan's untimely passing in 2010. He brings 33 years experience as a teacher and a Psychologist to this trans-disciplinary clinical practice, where he supervises, does the evaluations, and works directly with the kids. More...

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 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...

theresa wranghamTheresa K. 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 She serves on the US Autism & Asperger Association Advisory Board. More...

The US Autism & Asperger Association 2010 World Conference 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"


"Let's experience what their life is like for a day. Our children are in pretty much of a constant state of overload. Your living room is like LAX [Los Angeles International Airport] to your child. They can't recognize patterns the same way we can, so everything that seems predictable and understandable to you and I seems totally unpredictable to our children."
- Raun K. Kaufman

"I was the kid who grew up with no diagnosis. I'm undiagnosed Asperger's. I refused to do it because of institutional discrimination. I grew up in the 70's, one of the odd balls and I have fought and struggled my way. I was "the dumb one" of the family. I am the only one with a higher education degree at this point."
- Christopher M. Gauthier

"The vast majority of persons on the Autism Spectrum (ASD) who make significant gains from biomedical treatments will require care that addresses the triad of dietary intervention, digestive/gastrointestinal problems, and detoxification techniques."
- Phillip C. DeMio, MD

"When we gaze back into the past and evaluate our impressions during the early stages of our children’s lives, we observe an experience unlike anything we had ever expected. When we receive a warning that our baby does not seem to be developing like other “normally developing” kids, we may either shift into early denial or become too intimidated to ask what we feel are appropriate questions. Unfortunately, when we do ask the right questions, the replies often are either not sufficient or are limiting in nature." (from Diagnosis Autism Now What? 10 Steps to Improve Treatment Outcomes; A Parent-Physician Team Approach).
- Kaplan/Burstein, 2005

"Autism is defined behaviorally, as a syndrome of abnormalities involving language, social reciprocity and hyperfocus or reduced behavioral flexibility. It is clearly heterogeneous, and it can be accompanied by unusual talents as well as impairments, but its underlying biological and genetic basis is unknown."
- Martha Herbert, MD, PhD

Our goal should be to help persons with autism understand and use their strengths to work around any presenting challenges so they, just like everyone else, has an equal chance at living a fulfilling and productive life.
- Stephen M. Shore, EdD



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