Biographies

Debbie Dobbs, MS is an educational consultant and child advocate.  For more than 10 years, Debbie has owned Debbie Dobbs Advocacy, LLC, and has served families as strong advocates for children with all types of disabilities. Debbie guides families to educational and financial resources answer parents’ special education questions and attend school meetings to create …

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Mary J. Lang, PhD, RN, PNP, ABPN (Fellow, Adults & Children), BCBA-D,is the Founder and CEO of Beacon Day School for Children with Autism and Related Disabilities. Dr. Lang graduated from the University of Southern California with her PhD in Educational Psychology. As a Fellow of the American Board of Professional Neuropsychology, Dr. Lang has …

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Barry is a Functional Medicine Practitioner who specializes in Environmental Medicine interventions to assist the body in the healing process. He has dedicated his career to healing children and families after his own son was diagnosed with multiple medical conditions, from which he has significantly improved.  Barry has a Master’s in Physician Assistant studies from …

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Gabriella True is the President of ASPIRE, Alliance to Solve PANS & Immune-Related Encephalopathies. She has been a leader in the PANS and autism communities since 2008. She continues to be an instrumental part of the Connecticut PANS PANDAS Partnership (CTPPP), a Connecticut based support and awareness group. As part of New England PANS/PANDAS Association …

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DJ Jeyaram is the principal attorney and founder of Jeyaram & Associates, P.C., a firm dedicated to helping special needs families get clear, accurate and practical estate planning and guardianship advice.  DJ provides advice not only as an attorney but as a parent of his wonderful kids Kai (ASD, Williams Syndrome) and Emmy.  With 23 …

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William is a 22-year-old native of Orange County, California where he lives with his family. He has autism, is non-speaking and is a multi-modal communicator who primarily types to communicate. Presently he is a student in transition and is working towards his goal of attending college to pursue writing. William is a fierce advocate and …

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Dr. Sabine Hazan has over 22 years of experience in clinical trials and is the Founder and CEO at both Ventura Clinical Trials and Malibu Specialty Center.  As Principal Investigator, Dr. Hazan personally oversees clinical trials for high profile studies on diseases such as Hepatitis C,Hypercholesterolemia, and Pancreatic Cancer.  Her companies are leaders in Cardiovascular studies, Endocrine disorders, …

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Otto Lana is a high school senior and lives in San Diego. He is an award winning poet, an accomplished film maker, actor, lyricist, and has been lending his voice as a self advocate championing the rights of those with communication challenges since 2018. He was a Youth Delegate for the Department of Rehab in …

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Isabella is a 20 year-old diploma bound homeschool student. As a limited speaking autistic, Isabella was largely misunderstood due to her sensory and motor differences. Being unable to communicate meant she was often presumed incompetent and her learning consisted of remedial and repetitive tasks in both public and non-public schools. Learning to communicate by pointing …

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Emma Cladis is a college sophomore majoring in English at Vanguard University in Costa Mesa, California. She has autism and mainly communicates by typing but is now beginning to use spoken communication. Emma was diagnosed when she was two and has been nonspeaking most of her life. At seven, she learned to communicate through typing, …

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