Senior Advisory Panel
Kieran Rose is an Autism Campaigner and International Public Speaker from the UK, with a background in Education and Special Educational Needs. Kieran’s blog has been read by nearly a million people.
He is Managing Director of Infinite Autism; a Social Enterprise supporting Autistic people and their families and is founder and Chair of The Autistic Cooperative, an international network for Autistic-led Advocacy organisations and Autistic Advocates.
Kieran independently train businesses, Local Authority services, Schools, colleges and Universities; and also consults for a number of different North East England and UK national organisations, including the North East Autism Society, Durham Constabulary, Operation Diversity, Addictions UK, FIGS UK and various books, plays and media.
He is also a named consultant on a number of different research papers exploring Autistic Masking, Autistic Burnout, Mate crime, Autistic voice and Social Change; and values research that focuses on the priorities and needs of the Autistic community.
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 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.
Kieran was diagnosed Autistic in 2003, at the age of 23. He has a wide range of co-occurring conditions, debilitating sensory issues and is also Selectively Mute.
He’s still just as Autistic now as he was when he was a child.
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
Therapy Advisory Committee
Elaine Mc Greevy, BSc (Hons) Clinical Speech and Language Studies (Trinity College, Dublin, 1996): Research Chair
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).
Barry R. Nathan, Ph.D.: Advocacy Initiative Co-Chair
Current Project: BCS-ASD Petition
Dr. Nathan is an industrial-organizational psychologist. Much of his past work has been as a research 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 a blog on the Therapist Neurodiversity Collective website entitled, “Fundamental Research Problems with the ASHA Board Certified Specialist in Autism Spectrum Disorders (BCS-ASD).”
Janice Nathan, M.S., CCC-SLP.: Advocacy Initiative Co-Chair
Current Project: BCS-ASD Petition
Janice Nathan, M.S., CCC-SLP is a certified speech-language pathologist and owner of Nathan Speech Services, LLC. Janice works with autistic children and adults providing therapy focused on inner speech (the silent voice in our heads we use to problem-solve), self-insight, and self-awareness. Her area of expertise is cognitive processing of language and its effect on child development, interpersonal relationships, and learning. Janice’s interest in autism and her unique language intervention approach in this area developed as a result of growing up with an autistic family.
She and her husband are the authors of Building Reasoning and Problem-Solving Skills in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Step by Step Guide to the Thinking In Speech® Intervention, (2018; Jessica Kingsley Publishers: London; 192PP). Her intervention was accepted as part of the National Science Foundation-funded Pitt Ventures First Gear program of the University of Pittsburgh Innovation Institute. Janice is a member of the Professional Advisory Council (PAC) for Autism Connection of PA, which is a nonprofit Autism education and advocacy organization. Janice is a Network Supervisor (Clinical Supervisor) with the University of Pittsburgh’s Communication Sciences and Disorders program. In 2012 Janice was accepted as a member of the International Society for Autism Research (INSAR).
Janice is a workshop presenter for Summit Education. She has presented at numerous conferences, including the Autism Society of America’s annual conference, and the American Speech Hearing Language Association (ASHA) annual conference. In March of 2016, Janice was invited to lead a two-day workshop for the 6th Egyptian Society for Phoniatrics and Logopedics Congress in Cairo, Egypt. Her research study testing the effectiveness of an intervention focused on developing inner speech, was a poster presentation at the 2019 Autism-Europe International Congress, in Nice, France, entitled, “Turning Behavior and Anxiety into Communication for Social Problem-Solving”. She was also part of a panel discussion on “Autism and the School-to-Prison Pipeline,” for the 2019 Center for Urban Education Summer Education Forum of the University of Pittsburgh. Janice is currently working on two research grants further investigating her use of a novel intervention to promote inner speech in autistic and neurodivergent children.