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Family Services Committee

The mission of the Autism Speaks Family Services Committee is to empower families and individuals impacted by autism to make informed decisions that maximize the quality of life and development potential of affected individuals throughout the lifespan.

Family Services Committee Members

Liz Bell

Sallie Bernard
Parent, Executive Director, SafeMinds
Autism Speaks Board Member

Cuong Do
Autism Speaks Board Member

Peter Faustino, Psy. D.
NY Delegate, National Association of School Psychologists
Licensed Psychologist, Developmental Assessment & Intervention Center

Peter F. Gerhardt, Ed.D
Founding Chair of the Scientific Council, Organization for Autism Research

Mel Karmazin
Autism Speaks Board Member

Brian Kelly *
Autism Speaks Board Member

Artie Kempner
Autism Speaks Board Member

Gary S. Mayerson
Founding Attorney, Mayerson & Associates
Autism Speaks Board Member

Kevin Murray
Autism Speaks Board Member

Linda Meyer, Ed.D., MPA, BCBA-D, CPT
Autism Consultant

Danny Openden, PhD, BCBA-D
President and CEO
Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC)

Valerie Paradiz, PhD
Director, Valerie Paradiz LLC
Director, Autistic Global Initiative

Lori Rickles

Stuart Savitz
Autism Speaks Board Member

Paul Shattuck, M.S., M.S.S.W, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, George Warren Brown School of Social Work
Washington University

Stephen Shore, Ed.D.
Assistant Professor, Special Education at Adelphi University

Michelle Smigel

* Chairperson – Family Services Committee
Parent - Indicates Parent of A Child with Autism