Shannon Des Roches Rosa's writing and interviews are featured on 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. She is also one of CafeMom's autism experts, and is one of Babble.com's Top 25 Autism Bloggers. 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.

Carol Greenburg, executive director of Brooklyn Special Needs Consulting, is a special education consultant and lay advocate in private practice serving the five boroughs of NYC and beyond. Her unique perspective as an adult with Aspergers Syndrome and as the mother of a severely language-delayed  autistic child, informs all of her work. In September 2010, she was appointed the East Coast Regional Director of Autism Women's Network (www.autismwomensnetwork.com) A frequent speaker at National Conferences and area universities, parent support groups and community based organizations, she is a member in good standing of Council of Parents Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA) Carol lives in Brooklyn with two humans: her magnificent husband and son, as well as two cats (which species outranks which should be obvious to those in similar position.


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).

Kassiane Sibley is a vintage 1982 autistic and epileptic adult. She has been doing the autistic advocacy thing online and in person this whole century, starting with message boards and progressing to attending conferences, writing, blogging, and generally speaking truth to power. Kassiane is particularly passionate about teaching autistic kids to advocate for their needs from an early age, autistics being able to access services on their own, keeping people out of the social services cracks, banning strobe lights in public, and twice exceptionality. In her non-online life, she teaches gymnastics, tutors math and science, and is hoping to get into med school in the next year or two. She wrote for Ask and Tell (Shore et al 2004), and has spoken at /been yelled at/generally made waves at at a number of conferences. Kassiane currently blogs at Radical Neurodivergence, where she says what she really thinks.

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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