Shannon Des Roches Rosa's writing and interviews are featured at Huffington Post Parents, io9.com, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, MacWorld, Redbook, Parents Magazine, PBS Parents, SF Weekly, SF Gate, AOL News, and Shot of Prevention. She also writes about autism, parenting, evidence-based approaches, iPads, vaccines, and geekery at www.Squidalicious.com, as BlogHer.com's contributing editor for parenting kids with special needs, and as a co-founder and editor of The Thinking Person's Guide to Autism. Shannon's radio interviews on autism, parenting, and blogging include KQED Forum, KCUR Central Standard, and News Talk KIRO. She has been a speaker at several conferences, including BlogHer and UCSF Developmental Disabilities. She has edited several anthologies and contributed stories to numerous books, including the award-winning My Baby Rides the Short Bus. Shannon and her son Leo were featured in Apple's iPad: Year One video, which was introduced by Steve Jobs at Apple's iPad2 Keynote in San Francisco. She, her handsome husband, and their three capricious children live near San Francisco.

Jennifer Byde Myers is a writer, editor, and parent of a child with autism. She has been writing since 2003 at www.jennyalice.com, chronicling her family’s journey from diagnosis to daily living with her son’s special needs. She is also a founder and editor of Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism. Her writing has been featured in Family Circle Magazine, and at Salon.com, Care.com, and in several books including My Baby Rides the Short Bus, and Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism. Jennifer has been interviewed on NPR, most recently on Forum with Michael Krasny, and has appeared on several BlogTalk radio programs. She is a Parenting.com Must-Read Mom, a Top 10 Autism blogger at The Stir and a regular contributor at Dandelion. She lives on the San Francisco peninsula with her supportive husband, two wily children, and their dog Ginger. Follow her on Twitter at @jennyalice.

Diagnosed  with  Aspergers Syndrome at the age of 44, Special Education advocate Carol Greenburg's understanding of autism is enhanced by the daily triumphs of her autistic son's struggles with verbal language. Carol is both the East Coast Regional Director of AWN  (Autism Women's Network) and an editor at Thinking Person's Guide to Autism book and blog. She has spoken in venues throughout the United States, including two BlogHer conferences in New York City, conferences for Autism Society of America, Asperger's Association of New England and UCSF's  Developmental Disabilities Conference. Recently, she joined Shannon DesRoches Rosa in TPGA's coverage of the 2014 International Meeting for Autism Research held in Atlanta. From her home base in Brooklyn NY, where she lives with her husband and son, she has presented local educational institutions such as Hunter College, City University of New York in Queens, and St. Francis College in Brooklyn, as well as a variety of parent support groups and community-based organizations. A member of the Council of Parents Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA) Carol has written articles for or been interviewed by diverse media outlets ranging from Family Circle Online, Child Mind Institute, Parents.com to Neurology Now.


Co-Founder Liz Ditz is a dyslexia and handwriting consultant and advocate for struggling students on the San Francisco Peninsula. She has had a long and varied career in publishing and nonprofit organizations. She started her blog, I Speak of Dreams, in December 2003, writing on a wide range of issues.  She has consistently published on  science- and research-based approaches to education and for autism and other learning challenges. Her blog for on struggling students' issues is Academic Remediation

Rob Gross is the father of two adult children, one of whom is an Autistic self-advocate. His main involvement in the autism communities is in supporting the Autistic civil rights movement. Rob is particularly interested in the internalization of oppression-- how marginalized groups learn to view themselves through the eyes of those who devalue them. His work comes from his own experiences of anti-Semitism and class bias. He lives with his family in Oakland, CA and blogs at Not the Way it Seems (notthewayitseems.wordpress.com).

Science editor Emily Willingham earned her doctorate in biological sciences after realizing that a BA in English was not the money maker she'd anticipated. Upon completing a postdoctoral fellowship in pediatric urology, she turned to teaching and writing full time, authoring The Complete Idiot's Guide to College Biology and blogging at A Life Less Ordinary, The Biology Files, and EarthSky. Living the life of a writer, teacher, and editor up to her ears in science, Emily cannot believe her good fortune, which she shares with a direct descendant of the Vikings and their three sons, all of whom show similar tendencies to a love of all things biology.

In a former life, Sandy Yim was a teacher, passionate about giving urban students access to a life of their own choosing. Living with Aspergers, auditory processing disorder, multiple food allergies, and a seizure disorder allows her to draw upon that same determination to make life happen, which she blogs about at Aspie Teacher. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and their dog Molly, who unfortunately can never be a service dog because she demands 24/7 service.


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