2022 National TACA Autism Conference

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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Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD); Occupational Therapy Masters (MAOT); University of Southern California BA Environmental Studies, with a focus on Environmental Education; New College of Florida, honors college Ayres Sensory Integration and Praxis Test (SIPT – Immersion Course) Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) Therapeutic Listening (Vital Links) Mealtime Notions: Current Trends in Feeding Therapy With the Foundations …

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Brooke Wagner, MA has been an RDI® Program Certified Consultant since 2004 and is the Founder and CEO of Therapeutic Approach to Growth. She has supported individuals with special needs both locally and internationally since 2000. As a native to San Diego, she believes in supporting her local community through outreach opportunities, sharing information and …

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Dr. Susanne Smith Roley is an occupational therapy with over 40 years of experience in pediatric practice, specializing in child development, sensory integration, learning difficulties, visual impairment, and autism. She obtained her BS in OT at Indiana University, her MS in Allied Health Sciences at Boston University and her doctorate in occupational therapy (OTD) at …

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Bob Miller is a Traditional Naturopath specializing in the field of genetic-specific nutrition. He earned his naturopathic degree from Trinity School of Natural Health and is board certified through the ANMA. In 1993, he opened the Tree of Life practice and he has served as a traditional naturopath for 25 years. For the past several …

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Dawnmarie is a DIR/Floortime® provider, a registered S2C Practitioner, as well as an Assistive Technology Specialist (AT-ACP).  In 2019-2020 she served on the inaugural leadership cadre of I-ASC (The International Association for Spelling as Communication) and this past March 2021, Jamison Handley and his dad JB wrote a book entitled “Underestimated” about their journey learning S2C with …

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