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Acknowledgements

Autism Speaks would like to extend special thanks to the Parent Advisory Committee for the time and effort that they put into reviewing the Transition Tool Kit. 

 
Parent Advisory Committee  
Dan Aronson 
Liz Bell 
Sallie Bernard 
Michele Pierce Burns 
Liane Carter 
Marc Carter 
Claire Dees 
Susan Logan Evensen 
Kathy Mannion 
Denise Resnik 
Laura Shumaker  
Frank Turner 
Jennifer Zarrilli 
 
With gratitude, we thank the Transition Tool Kit Professional Advisory Committee for generously donating their time and experience to this project. 
 
 
Professional Advisory Committee  
Dan Baker, Ph.D. 
Associate Professor of Pediatrics 
Elizabeth M. Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities 
Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, UMDNJ 
 
Jan Blacher, Ph.D. Professor
Founding Director, SEARCH  
Family Autism Resource Center 
Graduate School of Education 
University of California  
 
Susan L. Connors, M.D. 
Assistant Physician, MassGeneral Hospital for Children 
Lurie Family Autism Center/LADDERS 
 
Janet Farmer, Ph.D., ABPP 
Professor and Director of Academic Programs 
Thompson Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders  
University of Missouri-Columbia 
 
Peter Gerhardt, Ed.D.
Director, Upper School 
The McCarton School 
Founding Chair of the Scientific Council, Organization for Autism Research 
 
Jeri Kendle 
President/COO 
Vocational Academy Director 
Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center (SARRC) 
 
Robin Martin Marsh, Ph.D./NCSP
Senior Continuing Education Coordinator
Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders 
University of Missouri-Columbia 
 
Caroline I. Magyar, Ph.D. 
Associate Professor of Pediatrics 
Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities 
Golisano Children’s Hospital at Strong 
University of Rochester 
 
Shana Nichols, Ph.D. 
Owner/Director 
ASPIRE Center for Learning and Development 
 
Diane Osaki, OTR 
 
Valerie Paradiz, Ph.D. 
 
Mary Ann Powers, Ph.D., BCBA-D 
Senior Behavior Analyst 
Coryell Autism Center 
 
Stephen Shore, Ed.D. 
Assistant Professor of Education 
Adelphi University 
 
Paul Wehman, Ph.D. 
Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Chairman 
Division of Rehabilitation Research Director 
VCU-RRTC Medical College of Virginia 
Virginia Commonwealth University 
 
Nicole Weidenbaum, M.S. Ed., SAS 
Executive Director 
Nassau Suffolk Services for Autism (NSSA)
 
 
Family Services Committee
Dan Aronson 
Parent
 
Liz Bell 
Parent 
 
Sallie Bernard 
Parent 
Executive Director 
SafeMinds 
 
Michele Pierce Burns
Parent 
 
Farah Chapes 
Chief Administrative Officer 
Marcus Autism Center 
 
Peter Gerhardt, Ed.D.
Director, Upper School 
The McCarton School
Founding Chair of the Scientific Council, Organization for Autism Research 
 
T. Michael Glenn*
Parent 
 
Dr. Lorrie Henderson, Ph.D., MBA, LCSW
Executive Director 
Childhelp 
 
Brian Kelly * **  
Parent
 
Artie Kempner * 
Parent
 
Gary S. Mayerson * 
Founding Attorney 
Mayerson & Associates 
 
Kevin Murray * 
Parent 
 
Linda S. Meyer, Ed.D., MPA, BCBA-D, CPT 
Executive Director, 
Autism New Jersey 
 
Denise Resnik 
Parent and Co-founder 
Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center (SARRC) 
 
Stuart Savitz
Parent 
 
Michelle Smigel 
Parent  
 
Kim Wolf 
Parent 
 
* Autism Speaks Board Member  
** Chairperson – Family Services Committee 
Parent - Indicates Parent of a Child with Autism
 
We wish to express our appreciation and gratitude to all of the adolescents and young adults with autism spectrum disorders and their families for their perseverance and inspiration. 
 

 
Autism Speaks thanks the following supporters whose generous contributions have helped to fund the Transition Tool Kit.
 
  • Bank of America
  • NYSE Euronext Foundation
  • The Karma Foundation
  • Susan Logan Evensen and Peter Evensen 
  • Jenny and Joe Zarrilli 
 

 
The Transition Tool Kit was edited by Robin Morris and the Family Services team at 
Autism Speaks.