Courtney Burke is the Chief Operating and Innovation Officer at the Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS). As chief operating and innovation officer, Courtney oversees all of HANYS’ operations and ensures optimal alignment of the Association’s various functions – from healthcare policy and advocacy to quality improvement and data analysis. HANYS is a nonprofit working to ensure that every New Yorker has access to affordable, high-quality care. Tune in to learn more about Courtney, HANYS and how they help those on the spectrum!
Dr. Bambara is a Professor and Program Director of Special Education at Lehigh University. Her expertise in developmental disabilities spans over 30 years, and includes research in the areas of social and communication interventions, self-determination and self-management interventions, and positive behavior supports for individuals challenging behaviors. Tune in to learn more about Dr. Bambara and Home and Community Positive Behavior Support Network (HCPBS), a non-profit network support, providing free resources to families and providers interested in using PBS. Visit: www.hcpbs.org
Tune in to hear from Dani LoVecchio, the Executive Director and co-founder of Bridge Kids NY. Dani is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) in New York and New Jersey and is certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). She is also a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), and Licensed Behavior Analyst in the state of New York. Bridge Kids NY, located in NYC, offers a variety of services such as supporting parent knowledge and advocacy, offering professional training and supervision, and supportive services for children. You can find Bridge Kids online: www.bridgekidsny.com or on Facebook & Instagram: @bridgekidsny
Tune in to learn more about The Autism Nature Trail (ANT) at Letchworth State Park in Castile, NY. Loren Penman is the Co-Chair on this project which is six years in the making! The trail is scheduled to be completed for this years hiking season! The ANT is ADA compliant and accessible for visitors of all abilities and ages! This recreational trail will allow all visitors to push boundaries, explore new activities and develop skills. For more information visit: www.autismnaturetrail.com
Dr. Unadkat received his medical degree from the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, and a Master’s degree in health administration and policy from New York University. He is a founding member and the Chief Medical Officer of StationMD. While working in the ER, he saw the great needs individuals with disabilities have when it comes to finding primary care and acute care physicians. This led to him joining with two other ER physicians to start StationMD. StationMD is comprised of all board-certified emergency medicine doctors with considerable expertise in caring for vulnerable populations. They provide treatment for the Intellectually and Developmentally Disabled in Group Residences via telemedicine. Tune in to learn more! https://www.stationmd.com/
Tune in to hear from a repeat guest! Harish Bikmal is the founder and CEO of Zenaviv, a social enterprise changing the way the world perceives people with autism, by celebrating their unique abilities and promoting their talent. Joining Harish is Yuvraj, the founder of the Buddy Program at Zenaviv. The Buddy Program strives to end the social isolation in people on the autism spectrum & the neurodiverse. Artists with autism are paired with neurotypical volunteer artists, the pair connect through their shared interest in art! Learn more or purchase art at www.zenaviv.com.
Tune in to hear from Becky Large, the founder and Executive Director of Champion Autism Network. CAN is a nonprofit autism awareness organization located in Surfside Beach, South Carolina. Their goals are to: raise autism awareness, reduce criticism and judgement and help families with children on the autism spectrum develop a network of like-minded people and supports.
Visit them online: championautismnetwork.com
Dr. Miller is an assistant professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of California, Davis. She is a licensed clinical psychologist whose specialty is in early diagnosis of, and comorbidity between, autism and ADHD. She was the principal investigator on the MIND Institute's "Early Risk Study Team". Tune in to learn more about Dr. Miller's research study and their findings!
Michael has been involved in the ASD field for over 20 years! He is the former Executive Director of 'GRASP' - the largest organization in the world comprised of adults on the Autism Spectrum. Michael also sits on the board of directors for NEXT For Autism. Tune in to learn more about Michael and his experiences as an individual on the spectrum, as well as the parent of a child on the spectrum!
Patricia Wright is the Senior Vice President of Program Development at NEXT for AUTISM, Brad Walker is the Vice President of Community Living Supports. NEXT was founded almost 20 years ago! They work to create and support exceptional educational, clinical, and vocational programs for individuals on the autism spectrum. Tune in to learn more about NEXT for AUTISM's past, and their future!