Speakers 2021

Opening Panel

Dr. Tawara Goode is an assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, D.C. Read Bio >

Dr. Brian Boyd is a Professor and Director of the Juniper Gardens Children’s Project at the University of Kansas. Read Bio >

Judith (Judy) Heumann is a lifelong advocate for the rights of disabled people. Read Bio >

Lydia X. Z. Brown is an advocate, organizer, attorney, strategist, and writer. Read Bio >

Dr. Sara M. Acevedo is an autistic, mestiza educator and disability justice scholar-activist born and raised in Colombia, South America. Read Bio >

Grantee Panel

Dr. Maria Mercedes Avila is the Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics in the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont. She is also the Director of the Vermont Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (VT LEND) Program. Read Bio >

Dr. Gail Chödrön is an Assistant Scientist at the Waisman Center and Public Health Program Faculty in the School of Medicine and Public Health at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Read Bio >

Hector Portillo is the Executive Director of Padres e Hijos en Acción, a grassroots organization of individuals with disabilities, their families, friends, and community members building fulfilling and community-centered lives for Latino children. Read Bio >

Dr. Alice Kuo is Professor and Chief of Medicine-Pediatrics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and Professor of Health Policy and Management in the Fielding UCLA School of Public Health. Read Bio >