Senior Advisory Panel
Kieran Rose is an academically and mainstream published Author and International Public Speaker, whose essays and blogs at www.theautisticadvocate.com have been read by over 1.5 million people.
With a background in SEND Education and service delivery for children and adults, Kieran delivers his own specialist Autism and Neurodiversity training to families and Professionals; and provides private consultancy for charities and organisations across the world. Kieran values the importance of equality-based collaboration between the Autistic Community and non-Autistic Charities, organisations and people who listen, are invested in the Neurodiversity paradigm and social change; and recognise that those with different neurologies need supported in ways that recognise and accept their differences and refrain from normalisation.
He is Founder of The Autistic Cooperative, an International network and lobbying group for Autistic Professionals and Advocates; Managing Director of the Social enterprise Infinite Autism, which supports Autistic people and families through funded partnership working in the North East of England; and is Neurodivergence Educator for the US based Occupational Therapy charity the Star Institute for Sensory Processing.
Alongside consulting on various research papers, Kieran is co-producing research into different areas including Autistic Masking, Victimisation; and Monotropism and Autistic Identity with his research partner, Developmental Psychologist Dr. Amy Pearson. He has a co-produced published paper on Autistic Masking with Dr. Pearson; and another one on Masking in the publication process with Dr. Louise Chapman. Kieran is also a published research partner with the Institute of Leadership and Management on the experiences of Neurodivergent people in employment. He has lectured at Universities across the UK and is also a PHD supervisor for Durham University.
Kieran was diagnosed as Autistic in 2003; and is married to Michelle, who is a Neurodivergent Marketing consultant and Public Speaker. Together they have three children, an Autistic boy, a Neurodivergent boy, and an Autistic girl with a range of complex needs.
He has a wide range of co-occurring conditions, debilitating sensory issues, is also Selectively Mute, and is still just as Autistic now as he was when he was a child.
A Conceptual Analysis of Autistic Masking: Understanding the Narrative of Stigma and the Illusion of Choice
Amy Pearson and Kieran Rose.Autism in Adulthood.
Online Ahead of Print: January 22, 2021
- The Autistic Advocate Site
- Kieran Rose’s Twitter
- The Autistic Advocate Facebook
- The Autistic Advocate Youtube
Read more about Kieran in this recent interview.
Julia Bascom serves as Executive Director at the Autistic Self Advocacy Network. Previously, she did state-level work in her home state of New Hampshire, where she served on the DD council and co-led an inter-agency team to revitalize self-advocacy within the state. Julia edited Loud Hands: Autistic People, Speaking, an anthology of writings by autistic people, and currently serves on the Centene National Disability Advisory Council, the advisory board of Felicity House, and the board of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities, and the board of Allies For Independence.
- Loud Hands: Autistic People, Speaking (8 December 2012) (editor)
- And Straight on Till Morning: Essays on Autism Acceptance (28 March 2013) (editor)
- The Obsessive Joy of Autism (21 May 2015)
Julie A. Roberts, M.S., CCC-SLP, Founder of Therapist Neurodiversity Collective;
Owner Bayou City Speech & Language;
ASHA Certified Speech-Language Pathologist since 1999:
Therapist Neurodiversity Collective was founded in January 2018 to support Julie’s vision to serve Autistic and other Neurodivergent people and their families by providing free access to a worldwide directory of credentialed and licensed pro-neurodiversity-focused therapists, and to advocate for changes in therapy practices to reflect the use of methodologies and models which presume competence, are non-trauma inducing, and respect human rights, dignity, and sensory preferences. Julie’s desire is for the Therapist Neurodiversity Collective to actively partner with disabled people to provide resources and educational opportunities to therapists and to the public. Throughout her career, she has served in various healthcare settings with both pediatric and adult populations and has held key healthcare leadership positions, including National Field Director of Corporate Compliance, and Multi-state Regional Clinical Director for the nation’s largest provider of rehab post-acute care. Julie is a frequent blogger and writes articles on disability rights, empathetic therapy practices, and advocacy efforts. Julie is a passionate and tireless patient/client/student rights advocate and activist.
Discourse Processes, A Multidisciplinary Journal, Volume 30, Number 3 – “Repetition in Narratives of African Americans: The Effects of Aphasia” – Hanna K. Ulatowska, Gloria Streit Olness, CaSaundra L. Hill, Julie A. Roberts, and Molly W. Keebler
The E.C. Barksdale Memorial Essays in History 1993-1994, Volume 13 – First Place: M.M. McKnight Award in Texas Labor History – “Harry Weisbrod and the Founding of the American Federation of Government Employee Lodge 2132, Dallas, Texas, 1962”
Why We Model Language and Honor All Communication, instead of Using PECS®
On Writing Masking Goals for Autistic Middle School Girls – Stop It!
Finding the Right Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) For Your Autistic Child – Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism
Why Perspective-Taking and Neurodiversity Acceptance? (Part 2 of “Training” Social Skills is Dehumanizing: The One with the Therapy Goals)
The Problem with PECS®
“Training” Social Skills is Dehumanizing (Part 1)
A Letter from an SLP to a Parent, Immediately After an Autism Diagnosis for a 5-Year-Old
An ASHA Certified SLP’s Personal Perspective on Collaboration, Interprofessional Practice and ABA
Amy Grant, M.S., CCC-SLP.
Pronouns: she/her. Owner and Director Therapy Center of Buda; ASHA Certified Speech-Language Pathologist since 2005
After gaining experience in early childhood intervention and outpatient pediatric care, Amy opened the Therapy Center of Buda in 2009, which serves the neurodivergent pediatric population through an interdisciplinary team of speech-language pathologists and occupational therapists. Amy serves as the Clinic Director and lead SLP, and supervises assistants and administrative staff. She practices family-centered, child-led therapy that embraces the neurodiversity paradigm, with a foundational dedication to serving her clients and families with compassion and respect as well as advocating for human rights for all. Amy received extensive training on administering the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS-2) and provides assistance to pediatricians and neurologists in identifying Autism from the unique perspective of a neurodivergent SLP that embraces neurodiversity. She has a particular interest in empowering others to self-advocate and providing access to alternative forms of communication without prerequisites. Core aspects of her practice include: providing counsel, access, and support for families to apply for social services and grants; helping caregivers to maneuver the school system and empowering them to be strong advocates for their child and/or themselves, and providing education to families about diagnoses, the neurodiversity paradigm, and evidence-based therapies.
Elaine McGreevy, BSc (Hons) Clinical Speech and Language Studies (Trinity College, Dublin, 1996)
Elaine is a member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT), Association of Speech and Language Therapists in Independent Practice (ASLTIP), and The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). She is a practising Speech and Language Therapist, since 1996, predominantly working in the NHS in Northern Ireland (N.I.) Elaine was appointed as a Clinical Lead SLT in 2001. Throughout her career, she has made a significant contribution to the set up and development of speech and language therapy services and autism diagnostic services for autistic children and young people. In 2019, alongside the RCSLT N.I., Elaine presented on the role of SLT in services for autistic children, to the N.I. Assembly All Parliamentary Group on Autism. Elaine’s contribution to autism speech and language therapy services was recognised with the Autism NI Laura Millen Award in 2011.
Elaine advocates passionately for respectful, strengths-based, positive supports that meet the needs of autistic children and their families. She has been a leading voice, promoting a pro-neurodiversity framework as central to understanding and supporting autistic and other neurodivergent children.
Elaine has specialist skills in supporting the communication development of autistic preschool children, including children who have a co-occurring learning disability (intellectual impairment). Elaine has developed, and delivered across the region, a bespoke training for SLTs and Early Years Staff which supports autistic children’s inclusion in the Department of Education Sure Start Developmental Programme for 2 to 3 Year olds. (Sure Start is a targeted programme for parents and children under age 4, living in the most disadvantaged areas of the U.K., and aims to deliver services to support children’s learning, health and wellbeing, and social-emotional development.) Elaine working with colleagues at Glenbrook Sure Start, Belfast Health and Social Care Trust, developed a specialist developmental programme for young children with high support needs; the Little Learners programme won the National Autistic Society Professional Awards for “Inspirational Education Provision – Primary School and Early Years” (2019).
Therapy Advisory Committee
Ren Ghattas, MSOT: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Co-Chair
Ren is a recently graduated Occupational Therapist and NBCOT exam candidate. Throughout her time and experiences in occupational therapy school, Ren discovered her own neurodivergence. With that awareness, she hopes to pursue a doctoral degree and contribute autistic-led research within the field.
While working as an educational occupational therapist at her final clinical placement in a school district in Southern California, Ren collaborated with the team on a revision project to begin using more inclusive and strength-based language on all intake forms, assessment reports, and documentation.
In addition to the revision project, Ren presented an in-service at the end of her clinical placement, during which she discussed the harm that can occur from ABA and the use of behavioral strategies with autistic individuals. She also highlighted some of the problematic language that is frequently used and provided the team with alternative approaches and language that can better support their students.
Ren hopes to spend her career supporting autistic individuals of all ages and contributing to the movement within the occupational therapy profession towards more diverse and inclusive practices.”
Casey Bryn McCarthy, MS, CCC-SLP (she/ her)
Casey is a queer, neurodivergent speech-language pathologist specializing in augmentative communication as well as assistive technology for curriculum access, play and leisure, vocational access, and self-care. Prior to completing her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology, Casey completed her undergraduate degree in Developmental Psychology, with a minor in Early Childhood Education, while obtaining work experience in a variety of childcare settings with infants and children aged 2 months through 13-years-old. As a speech-language pathologist, Casey now works with infants through geriatric populations in homes, childcare, public, private, and charter schools, pediatric nursing homes, and adult day programs. She provides CEU presentations to other professionals, school team in-service training, and guest lectures to students in graduate programs. She has a special interest in the provision of augmentative communication and assistive technology to infants and very young children with complex communication and access needs. Casey is passionate about training communication partners to utilize trauma-informed, neurodiversity-affirming practices and believes that educators, caregivers, and other support people can only provide meaningful and effective support by first focusing on ensuring AAC Users’ consistent access to coregulation, self-advocacy, and self-determination. Casey also engages in online education of other therapists, educators, and community members regarding affirmation of LGBTQIA+ identities for both AAC Users and non-AAC Users.
In Other Words: https://inotherwordsaac.com/
Learn Their Pronouns: https://learntheirpronouns.
Kate McLaughlin, M.S., CCC-SLP: AAC Chair
Kate is a Speech-Language Pathologist specializing in augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) for individuals with complex communication needs. She believes that autonomous communication, inclusion, and self-determination are fundamental human rights. She partners with Autistic people and their families to support their AAC journey. Kate is a certified member of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association and holds licensure as a speech-language pathologist in the state of Connecticut. Kate is in private practice in Connecticut (AAC Services of CT) providing direct therapy and consultative services for individuals with complex communication needs.
Kayla O’Connor, M.S., CCC-SLP: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Co-Chair
Kayla has been a practicing Speech-Language Pathologist working with adolescents in public schools, pediatrics in private practice and home health, and adults with Aphasia and TBI in post-acute rehab and adult day programs. Kayla has a passion for engaging in meaningful and functional practices for adolescents and adults, creating connections, and empowering those she works with to believe in themselves and what they can do.
In her years working as a therapist, she has witnessed many popular programs and implementation techniques that did not support neurodiversity or the complexities of the individual as a whole. She is now on a journey of education and advocacy for equity, inclusion, and better practices with neurodivergent communities, as well as support for these communities and their families.
Barry R. Nathan, Ph.D.: ABA Initiative Chair
Dr. Nathan is an industrial-organizational psychologist. Much of his past work has been as a researcher or consultant on organizational culture, employee selection, and performance management. However, over the past five years, he has committed himself to corporate diversity and inclusion, and autism. He became interested in autism through his wife, Janice Nathan, MS., CCC-SLP, whose private practice specializes in working with autistic individuals, and whose brother is autistic. With Janice, he is co-author of Building Reasoning and Problem-solving Skills in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Step-by-Step Guide to the Thinking in Speech® Intervention (2018), from Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
Barry’s autism research includes “Turning Behavior and Anxiety into Communication for Social Problem-Solving by Thinking in Speech®,” a study presented at the 12th Annual International Autism Europe Congress, in Nice, France (November 2019); and two current funded research projects, “Addressing Autism in African American Families,” with Dr. Valire Carr Copeland of the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work and “Neurocognitive Therapy for Children with Autism,” with Dr. Barbara Baumann of the University of Pittsburgh Department of Psychiatry in School of Medicine. Barry was the facilitator of a panel discussion on “Autism and the School-to-Prison Pipeline,” presented at the 2019 University of Pittsburgh School of Education Center for Urban Education Summer Educator Forum (CUESEF), and a co-presenter with Jamie Upshaw, M.S., Executive Director of Autism Urban Connections Inc., at the 2019 Greater Pittsburgh Nonprofit Partnership Summit, “Addressing Autism in the Black Community: Autism Urban Connections, Inc.” Barry is the author of the following blogs on the Therapist Neurodiversity Collective’s website, which have been read by thousands:
Rebuttal to critique of “ABA is NOT Effective: So says the Latest Report from the Department of Defense”
ABA is NOT Effective: So says the Latest Report from the Department of Defense
Fundamental Research Problems with the ASHA Board Certified Specialist in Autism Spectrum Disorders (BCS-ASD)
Justyna Walecka-Bowery, MSc Language Pathology (Newcastle University, Newcastle Upon Tyne, 2015).
Justyna is U.K. based Qualified Speech and Language Therapist who works with intellectually disabled adults. She has experience with both community and mental health inpatients.
Going through the journey of diagnosis as Autistic has had a massive impact on her practice as a Speech Langauge Therapist. Privately, Justyna is living a life as a Polish autistic woman in the United Kingdom. She is a karate fighter and a lover of cats and dogs.
MA Social Clinical Psychology (University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Warsaw, 2006)
MA Applied Linguistics (Warsaw University, Warsaw, 2001)