US AUTISM & ASPERGER ASSOCIATION ANNUAL WORLD CONFERENCE

**TEMPLE GRANDIN, PhD - KEYNOTE

Temple Grandin, PhD, is one of the most accomplished and well-known adults with autism in the world. In February of 2017, Dr. Grandin was named to the National Women’s Hall of Fame. She was selected by Time magazine as one of the "100 Most Influential People in the World” (2010). 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 7th USAAA appearance. Dr. Grandin received the US Autism & Asperger Association Chairman's award in 2015. There will be a book signing after her presentation. Dr. Grandin has also authored The Autistic Brain, Different...Not Less, 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, the official USAAA Conference on-site bookstore. More....

VICKI CLARKE, MS, CCC-SLP

Vicki Clarke, MS, CCC-SLP is an owner of Dynamic Therapy Associates, Inc., a private speech therapy clinic specializing in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) and; director of the DTA Schools Program, a school based AAC evaluation and implementation program. With over 25 years of experience in the world of AAC, Vicki spends her professional time treating, evaluating, training and consulting in the clinic, school systems, conferences and hospitals. More...

PHILLIP C. DEMIO, MD

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, Asperger Syndrome and related disorders. In addition to his practice, Dr. DeMio is an ER Physician at Case Western Reserve University Hospitals. Dr. DeMio is board-certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. Dr. DeMio is a father of a child with autism. Dr. DeMio received the US Autism & Asperger Association Chairman's award in 2012. Dr. DeMio is Chief Medical Officer and a Board Member for the US Autism & Asperger Association and the Executive Director for the American Medical Autism Board. More...

**ALIX GENEROUS

Alix Generous (born 1992) is a professional speaker, neuroscientist, author, tech consultant, and observational comedian. Her TED talk My Inner Life… has received over 1.4 million views. Her works have been featured on NPR, Bloomberg Business week, TEDx, and the Sydney Opera House. Through high impact media, comedy, and creative storytelling, she advocates for scientific literacy, child welfare, and for the advancement of Mental Diversity in STEM and the entertainment industry. From 2013 to September 2016, she was the co-founder for Podium (formerly AutismSees), a social impact company that creates technology to help high functioning autistic millennials improve their presentation skills. In her 2015 TED talk, she comedically shares how tech improved her public speaking skills. When she’s not speaking at conferences, she lives in Los Angeles where she works on media production and social impact technology. More...

*KRISTIN SELBY GONZALEZ

Kristin Selby Gonzalez is a leading international spokesperson, educator, radio show host, writer within the autism community, and the mother of a boy with autism. Kristin graduated from UCLA and is a former elementary school teacher. Kristin has been working with her son for over ten years and has seen him progress from very withdrawn with no language, to a playful and interactive boy who now can speak, rides a bike, takes karate and gymnastic lessons. She possesses an extraordinary body of knowledge and experience with both educational and biomedical interventions for autism. Kristin is the President and Chairman of the Autism Hope Alliance. Autism Hope Alliance is the first Autism non-profit to emerge from the Natural Foods Industry. More...

THEODORE HENDERSON, MD, PhD

Dr. Henderson 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. 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. More...

Karen Krejcha

Karen serves as Executive Director and Co-Founder of Autism Empowerment, a nonprofit organization based in Vancouver, Washington. She is the Editor of Spectrums Magazine and the podcast host for Autism Empowerment Radio. As an autistic woman, mother of two sons on the autism spectrum and a professional, Karen engages regularly in public speaking, writing and advocacy. In 2016, Karen was chosen to become a Peer Reviewer for the Department of Defense's Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program for Autism and is one of the only autistic adults to ever serve in that role. In 2012, She co-authored A Strengths-Based Approach to Autism: Neurodiversity and Partnering With the Autism Community (2016) with Amy Donaldson and Andy McMillin for ASHA's professional journal, PerspectivesMore...

*L. 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 autism. He is the author of Diagnosis Autism: Now What? 10 Steps to Improve Treatment Outcomes; A Parent-Physician Team Approach. The book is listed in the top ten of titles most in demand by libraries and bookstores (April 8, 2006: Library Journal Archive - Small Press Bestsellers). He spent the first decade of his post-graduate studies in professional and collegiate sports. He has spent the last twenty-five years improving the quality of life of individuals and others affected and afflicted by autism, Asperger Syndrome, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, and other related disorders. More...

**RAUN KAUFMAN

Raun K. Kaufman is an international speaker, writer and teacher for The Son-Rise Program® at the Autism Treatment Center of America™. Raun's recent book is Autism Breakthrough: The Groundbreaking Method That Has Helped Families All Over the World. 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. More...

*LORI KNOWLES-JIMENEZ

Lori Knowles-Jimenez, a mother of a recovered child (Daniel) and General Manager of New Beginnings Nutritionals, 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. More...

JULIE MATTHEWS, CNC

Julie Matthews, CNC, is an internationally respected autism diet and nutrition specialist. As a Certified Nutrition Consultant, Julie provides diet and nutrition intervention guidance backed by extensive scientific research and applied clinical experience. has helped thousands of children worldwide through her public education programs, conferences sessions, private consultations, her blog, web site and Facebook group. Julie is author of Nourishing Hope for Autism, an award-winning parent and clinicians guide to the fundamentals of autism nutrition, dietary implementation and supplementation. Julie is also the creator of Cooking to Heal™, an autism education and cooking class program that provides public education in cities across the country as well as in-home resources for parents who cannot attend events and would like support as they are implementing diet from home. More...

** MICHAEL MCMANMON, EdD

Dr. McManmon grew up the youngest son in a family of nine children. He is the father of six children and sixteen grandchildren. He is the Founder of the College Internship Program (CIP) in 1984 with six campuses across the US. He obtained his Doctorate in Special Education from the University of Nevada. Dr. McManmon is a licensed psychologist by the State of Massachusetts and has worked for 44 years on curriculum development, staff training, program evaluation, and administering community based programming. He is the driving force behind the founding of the Good Purpose Art Gallery and the Spectrum Playhouse in Lee, Massachusetts. 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 AdultMore...

JAMES 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. Dr. Partington has been a faculty member of several universities including West Virginia University, University of San Francisco and St. Mary's College. He is the author of The Assessment of Language and Learning Skills-Revised (The ABLLS™-®)More...

*TOBI BURCH RATES

ratesTobi has been the Executive Director of the Autism Society of Oregon since October 2011. Prior to becoming Executive Director, she served on the Board of Directors for ASO as a volunteer. She previously practiced law in the Washington, DC metro area and in Boulder, Colorado. Tobi and her husband are the proud parents of two children, both of whom are on the autism spectrum. Her older son has a relatively mild form of autism, while her younger son is more severely impacted by autism. Tobi has been involved with the autism community since moving to Oregon in 2008. Having contacts in the community was invaluable to learning how to navigate the educational, medical, governmental and community support systems available here. Mentoring parents new to the autism diagnosis and/or new to Oregon and supporting self-advocacy for people on the autism spectrum are areas of particular interest.

*HAROLD REITMAN, MD

Harold "Hackie" Reitman, MD is the founder of the neurodiversity community site www.DifferentBrains.com, which features a variety of videos, blogs, and podcasts, including the interview show "Exploring Different Brains", hosted by Dr. Reitman. He is also the author of Aspertools: The Practical Guide to Understanding and Embracing Asperger's Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and Neurodiversity, the producer of The Square Root of 2 movie, an orthopaedic surgeon, a former professional heavyweight boxer, a documentarian, and board member of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Broward County. More..

ALEXANDER J. RING

ringAlexander Ring has participated in the exploration and development of novel brain imaging and neuromodulatory technologies throughout his career. He has discovered and worked on the characterization of neurological markers for psychiatric and neurocognitive disorders and delays. In 2010 he joined Newport Brain Research Lab where he develops and advances the administration of noninvasive EEG and EKG-guided brain stimulation. Alexander has engaged in clinical trials, serving as an electrophysiology specialist in pilot studies, double-blinded studies and FDA trials. More...

*DAN ROSSIGNOL, MD

Dr. Dan Rossignol, MD FAAFP is a board certified family physician. He received his Doctorate of Medicine at the Medical College of Virginia and completed his residency in family medicine at the University of Virginia.  Coming from an academic background, Dr. Rossignol searched the medical literature looking for a solution after both of his children were diagnosed with autism. He has made it his mission to research and publish in autism. Since 2006, he has 55 papers, abstracts, editorials, and book chapters concerning autism and related conditions. Dr. Rossignol sees patients in both the Florida and Aliso Viejo, California offices. More.

*WILLIAM 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. More...

**STEPHEN M. 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. Dr. Shore presents and consults internationally Dr. Shore is the author of Beyond the Wall: Personal Experiences with Autism and Asperger Syndrome, Understanding Autism For Dummies, Living Along the Autism Spectrum, College for Students with Disabilities, and many more book contributions. Dr. Shore presently works as a Professor at Adelphi University in New York. More...

MARLO THURMAN, PhD

Marlo Thurman, PhD is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Northern Colorado and completed her PhD in Special Education in the summer of 2016. She started her work with special needs children in 1986. 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. More...

GIL 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 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 34 years experience as a teacher and a Psychologist where he supervises, does the evaluations, and works directly with the kids. More...

KURT WOELLER, DO

Dr. Kurt Woeller, is a recognized specialist in biomedical autism intervention, as well as a complementary medical physician with years of experience working with individuals suffering from chronic illness. He is an author, educator, lecturer and experienced clinician working to transform the health of his patients and provide access to cutting edge information regarding complementary and alternative medicine. Dr. Woeller has written several books on autism intervention and other health issues including Autism - The Road to Recovery, Autism:Beyond the Basics, Autism Recovery Treatment, as well as created an extensive network of health education websites. More...

*THERESA 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. She has been featured in local and national television and print news reports and recently was featured in Parade Magazine. Theresa is the Executive Director for NVIC.org. More...