Keynote Panel: Having a Voice, Choice, and Purpose in Life!
Tracy will share what his life was like before having access to reliable
communication causing him much anxiety challenging his ability to connect with
others. His life changed dramatically after being introduced to facilitated
communication. He could let people know what he wanted and didn't want and
took charge of his life as a self-advocate. Tracy will share his journey educating
others on presuming competence, traveling the world co-starring in the movie
Wretches & Jabberers, and finding his purpose in life. Read his bio.
Finding Your Rhythm for Communication
Marilyn is considered a leader in understanding Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) strategies.She has provided training on Facilitated Communication across the United States, as well as Canada, Israel, Sri Lanka, Brazil, and Europe. Read her bio.
Getting Started: Basics of Support
Harvey F. Lavoy, III has worked for Community Developmental Services (CDS), a Division of Washington County Mental Health Services in Montpelier, Vermont since 1994. He has a B.S. in Special Education and has worked in the field of Human Services since 1973. He currently is the Director of Communication Training and Resources at CDS and provides education, training and technical assistance to adults and children with complex communication needs as well as their families, support staff, educational teams, schools and agencies.
Harvey F. Lavoy, III
Making Practice Fun & Meaningful
Pascal Cheng has a M. Ed. and C. A.S. in Special Education from the University of Vermont and has worked for over 30 years with children and adults with developmental disabilities in school and community settings. He currently is an educational and communication specialist for Howard Center Developmental Services in Burlington, Vermont, providing training and consultation in the areas of communication, assistive technology and literacy for children and adults. He serves as a member of the Vermont Communication Task Force, a group that works to improve communication supports and services for individuals with developmental disabilities in the state of Vermont.
Life After College
Jenn began her undergraduate education at Penn State University in Pennsylvania and later transferred to Le Moyne College in Syracuse, New York, where she completed a B.A. in Psychology in 2006. During her studies at Le Moyne, she was inducted into Psi Chi, the National Psychology Honor Society.
She has published numerous articles on autism in journals, magazines, newsletters, and several books. She serves on the Executive Board for the Autism National Committee (AUTCOM) and is an associate with Networks for Training and Development, Inc., a non-profit training / consulting organization with offices in Philadelphia, Valley Forge, and Sunbury, PA.
Life After College
Kristofor Medina is a graduate of Spaulding High School with honors and was a member of the National Honor Society. He was awarded several scholarships to attend college and in May of 2011, graduated with honors from the University of Vermont with a Bachelor's degree in English and a minor in Special Education. He is active in his community and is a member of the Communication Alliance of Washington County Mental Health Services. He is a Disabilities Educator for Green Mountain Self-Advocates working to teach people the importance of inclusion and presuming competence.