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Participant Names and Titles

laura Laura Abulafia, MHS
Location: Los Angeles, California
Title: National Coordinator, Learning and Developmental Disabilities Initiative (LDDI); and Director of Education and Outreach, Environmental Health Initiative, American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD)
stephen Stephen Boese, MSW
Location: Latham, New York
Title: Executive Director, Learning Disabilities Association of New York State
robert Robert Fletcher, DSW
Location: Kingston, New York
Title: Founder and CEO, The National Association for the Dually Diagnosed (NADD)
vernell Vernell Jessie
Location: Houston, Texas
Title: Longtime disability advocate and public relations practitioner
david David Irons
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Title: Professional Athlete and Free Agent; cornerback for the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons in 2007–2008; and sponsor of summer sports programs for children through his foundation Irons to Impact, or “I2I”
joseph Joseph P. Meadours
Location: Sacramento, California
Title: Executive Director, People First of California; and Self-Advocate
jeff Jeff Sell, Esq.
Location: Bethesda, Maryland
Title: Vice President of Public Policy, The Autism Society (ASA)
larry Larry B. Silver, MD
Location: Rockville, Maryland
Title: Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Georgetown University Medical Center; former Acting Director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH); and Past President of the Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA)
maureen Maureen Swanson, MPA
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Title: Coordinator, Healthy Children Project, Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA)
beth Beth Terrill
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Title: Self-Advocate
cathy Cathy Ficker Terrill, MDP
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Title: President and CEO, Ray Graham Association for People with Disabilities; and Past President of the American Association on Mental Retardation (AAMR)-now known as the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD)
ann Ann WingQuest
Location: Anchorage, Alaska
Title: Individual Service Provider, ARC of Anchorage