Michelle Garcia Winner is the founder of Social Thinking® which specializes in developing treatment strategies for helping persons with social cognitive learning challenges. She runs and works in her small clinic, has authored numerous books and speaks internationally. She was awarded a Congressional Certificate of Special Recognition in 2008.
Dena Gassner is a Master’s degreed social worker who provides training and consultation to families in navigating transition needs including Social Security, Vocational Rehabilitation and Food Stamps. She also helps families who’s beloveds are attempting to understand and integrate their diagnosis. She is an award-winning advocate, writer and nationally recognized training specialist who seeks to achieve a life of authenticity not by growing out of her diagnosis but by letting it embrace her.
Dr. Margaret L. Bauman is a distinguished pediatric neurologist and research investigator who has been a pioneer in the study and treatment of autism for the past twenty- five years. One of the world's foremost physicians in this field, she is highly respected for the outstanding clinical care she provides, as well as for her research and teachings in the domain of developmental disorders. Dr. Bauman's dedicated career is best exemplified in her establishment and development of The Autism Research Foundation (TARF), The Autism Research Consortium (TARC), The Lurie Center for Autism and The Autism Treatment Network.
Temple Grandin, PhD, is considered one of the most accomplished and well-known adults with autism in the world. She has inspired people around the world as a champion for individuals with autism and their families. Her accomplishments as an acclaimed international speaker, best-selling author and tireless advocate earned her a place among Time magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World” in 2010. Her early life story was the subject of the acclaimed 2010 HBO biopic, Temple Grandin, which won seven Emmy awards, a Golden Globe and a Peabody Award.