KidNeeds.com is proud to have assembled an Advisory Board of professionals and other caring practitioners working in the fields of healthcare, rehabilitation and other allied service areas. Our Professional Advisory Board will provide us with information, material and feedback on the content available through our website. Our members are individuals who are respected in their field of practice and persons who continue to contribute greatly toward improving the quality of life for children with special needs throughout our country.

 

Andrew Adesman, M.D.
Chief, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Schneider Children's Hospital
269-01 76th Avenue
New Hyde Park, New York 11040

Dr. Adesman is a developmental pediatrician on the full-time faculty of Schneider Children's Hospital. Dr. Adesman is a board-certified pediatrician who has received two additional years of formal training in Developmental Pediatrics -- a pediatric sub-specialty focusing on the early diagnosis, evaluation, and management of developmental problems in children. Dr. Adesman is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. As Chief of the Division of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, Dr. Adesman is also Medical Director of the High Risk Newborn Developmental Follow-up Program and the Early Intervention Program at Schneider Children's Hospital.


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Michael Aronin
152 Langdon Farm Circle
Odenton, Maryland 21113

Michael Aronin is a nationally acclaimed speaker who teaches his audiences how to get past personal shortcomings and move forward productively in their careers. Being both a comedian and motivational speaker, he is able to make this difficult topic both entertaining and enlightening. Michael Aronin knows two things: he's got a killer sense of humor, and he's got cerebral palsy. But Michael never let his disability get him down - in fact it hardly even phased him. Michael speaks about what it was like growing up disabled in an able bodied world - of the importance of believing in ourselves, of building and maintaining a support system, and of the crucial role humor and attitude can play in our lives.


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Scott L. Barkin, Ph.D.
Director of Program Operations
The Block Institute
376 Bay 44th Street
Brooklyn, New York 11214

Dr. Barkin is a licensed clinical psychologist who is highly regarded for his expertise in the areas of behavioral interventions and staff development and training.

As Director of Program Operations at The Block Institute he oversees the provision of clinical, rehabilitative and support services for children and adults diagnosed with mental retardation and other developmental disabilities participating in the Institute's Early Intervention, preschool and day activity programs.


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Jaclynn Faffer, D.S.W.
Executive Director
Ruth Rales Jewish Family Service of South Palm Beach County
21300 Ruth and Baron Coleman Boulevard
Boca Raton, Florida 33428

Dr. Jaclynn Faffer is the Executive director of Ruth Rales Jewish Family Service of South Palm Beach County, a human service agency providing a full range of services to children, adolescents, adults and seniors.† Dr. Faffer serves as consultant to the National Mutiple Sclerosis society on the psychological impact of chronic physical illness and disability.† She has published numerous articles on the psychological impact of chronic physical disability.† Dr. Faffer has been an Adjunct Professor of social work at graduate schools of social work in New York and Florida.

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Judi Gerson
Administrator of Affiliate Services
United Cerebral Palsy Associations of New York State, Inc.
90 State Street, Suite 929
Albany, New York 12207

Judi Gerson is Administrator of Affiliate Services for United Cerebral Palsy Associations of New York State, Inc. Ms. Gerson is extremely well versed on matters of importance to the developmental disabilities community in New York State and is greatly involved in statewide issues pertaining to special education, early intervention and clinical treatment for children and adults with developmental disabilities.


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Burton Grebin, M.D.
President and Chief Executive Officer
St. Mary's Healthcare System for Children
29-01 216th Street
Bayside, New York 11360

During his 30 years in healthcare, Dr. Burton Grebin has been an academic pediatrician, a teacher, a hospital administrator, and an eloquent advocate for better programs and policies for children with special health needs and their families. Dr. Grebin's local, state and national activities range broadly on both a professional and policy level. Among his current activities, he is a member of the Board of Trustees and Chairman of the Council on Child Advocacy, The National Association of Children's Hospitals and Co-chair of the Hospital Association of New York State Task Force on Sub-acute Care. Dr. Grebin is also a Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons. A recognized leader in healthcare industry and child advocacy fields, Burton Grebin has received numerous awards and honors for his work on behalf of children in need.


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Mark Hoffacker
Advocacy Manager
St. Mary's Foundation for Children
29-01 216th Street
Bayside, New York 11360

As Advocacy Manager for the St. Mary's Foundation for Children, Mr. Hoffacker conducts research, identifies and assists with the implementation of programs and policies that impact children's health, safety and quality of life. He is co-producer of the video, Breathing Easy: Children on Ventilators in School as well as a contributing author to, The Early Intervention Training Project Manual a workbook for service providers of families with children birth to three. Mr. Hoffacker also serves as Co-Chair of the Long Island Network for Families of Children with Special Health Care Needs.


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Marla B. Kraus
Executive Director
Special Needs Advocate for Parents (SNAP)
1801 Avenue of the Stars, #401
Century City, California 90067

Marla Kraus is currently the Executive Director of Special Needs Advocate for Parents (SNAP), a non-profit organization assisting parents of children with special needs providing information, education, and referrals.† SNAP is particularly known for providing information and education on special needs estate planning.† Prior to becoming Executive Director, Ms. Kraus was one of SNAPís original Board members.† She was chosen due to her skills as an advocate for her son Sammy, who was born in 1991 with multiple disabilities.† Ms. Kraus has presided as a hearing officer for the Los Angeles County Mental Health Courts and the City of Santa Monica Rent board and has acted as temporary judge for the Los Angeles Municipal Courts.

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Andrew Malekoff, A.C.S.W., C.A.S.A.C.
Associate Executive Director
North Shore Child and Family Guidance Center
Roslyn Heights, New York 11577-2215

Andrew Malekoff is Associate Executive Director for North Shore Child and Family Guidance Center. Mr. Malekoff is Editor of the professional journal Social Work With Groups, a quarterly publication of The Haworth Press. He is an adjunct professor of Social Work at Adelphi University School of Social Work, a widely published author, and an internationally recognized lecturer with 25 years experience working with children, families and groups. The most recent of his three books, "Group Work With Adolescents", has been published by Guilford Press.


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Michael Morris
Senior Vice President
Community Options, Inc.
1130 17th Street NW, 4th Floor
Washington, DC 20036

Michael Morris is responsible for innovative program development, technology research and demonstration, and public policy oversight for COI. In March 1998, Community Options opened for the first time an office in Washington, D.C. to influence policy and practice and redefine possibilities and expectations for individuals with significant disabilities, family members, policy makers and employers. Mr. Morris was named the first Joseph P. Kennedy Fellow in Public Policy and came to Washington, D.C. to work in the Office of Connecticut Senator Lowell Weicker, as legal counsel to the United States Senate Subcommittee on the Handicapped. Mr. Morris is a former National Executive Director of United Cerebral Palsy Associations and served in various capacities with UCPA during his fourteen-year tenure. His leadership efforts have put a national focus on needed assistive technology and its essential role in accommodating people with disabilities in the areas of employment, education, housing, communications and daily living.

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Dawn B. Oakley, M.S., O.T.R
Director of Rehabilitation
St. Mary's Hospital for Children
29-01 216th Street
Bayside, New York 11360

Dawn B. Oakley is the Director of Rehabilitation at St. Mary's Hospital for Children. She has been providing hospital and homecare based services to children with varied diagnoses for six years. In addition to possessing a bachelor's degree in Social Work and a master s degree in Occupational Therapy, Ms. Oakley is also certified in Sensory Integration.


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Lisa Rosano-Kaczkowski
TRAID Resource Coordinator,
New York State Office of the Advocate for Persons with Disabilities
One Empire State Plaza
Suite 1001
Albany, New York 12223-1150

Lisa Rosano-Kaczkowski oversees the operations of thirteen regional TRAID Centers throughout New York State that provide technology related assistance and information for persons with disabilities, their families, service providers and other caregivers.


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Sue Rosen, B.A., M.S.
Lead Teacher for Computer and Augmentative Communication
The Children s Learning Center
380 Washington Avenue
Roosevelt, New York 11575

Sue Rosen is affectionately known as The Toy Lady at United Cerebral Palsy Association of Nassau County, Inc. Ms. Rosen has been teaching children with special needs for twenty-three years, and is well versed in the areas of computers in the classroom, adapted technologies, special education and play.


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James E. Seath
President and CEO
The ARC of Bergen and Passaic Counties, Inc.
223 Moore Street
Hackensack, New Jersey 07601

James E. Seath is President and Chief Executive Officer for The ARC of Bergen and Passaic Counties located in Hackensack, New Jersey. In addition to his role with The ARC, he is an Administrative Consultant for the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) in Tucson, Arizona. A leader in the field of developmental disabilities and vocational rehabilitation, Mr. Seath also serves as Vice Chair of the Passaic County Council on Disabilities and numerous advisory councils and planning committees in the Bergen-Passaic area.


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Edwin Simpser, M.D.
Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer
St. Mary's Hospital for Children
29-01 216th Street
Bayside, New York 11360

Edwin F. Simpser, MD, is Vice President of Medical Services at St. Mary's Hospital for Children in Bayside and St. Mary's Rehabilitation Center for Children in Ossining. Dr. Simpser provides medical oversight and direction to all of the clinical programs within St. Mary's Healthcare System for Children. Dr. Simpser's expertise includes GI/nutrition and comprehensive care of children with chronic illness and special healthcare needs, including high technology dependent children. He has particular interest in children with HIV, cancer, gastrointestinal problems and neurologically impaired/ developmentally delayed children.


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Joan Tanenhaus, M.A., CCC/SLP
Technology for Language and Learning
5 Tameling Road
East Rockaway, New York 11518

Joan Tanenhaus is Founder and Executive Director of Technology for Language and Learning, an internationally known non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the use of technology and computers with children and adults with special needs. Ms. Tanenhaus provides computer and technology consultant services to numerous organizations and agencies in New York. She is also an Adjunct Professor at C.W. Post College in Brookville, New York.


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Carol Tytler, MA, CCC/SLP, ATP
Director of Diagnostic, Clinical and Assistive Technology Services
Enable
1603 Court Street
Syracuse, New York 13208

Carol Tytler is a Speech-Language Pathologist, and the Director of Diagnostic, Clinical and Assistive Technology Services at Enable in Syracuse, New York. She is RESNA certified as an Assistive Technology Practitioner. Carol has over 17 years experiencing specializing in augmentative communication and other forms of assistive technology. She is an adjunct instructor in the Communication Sciences and Disorders graduate program at Syracuse University. Ms. Tytler is involved in overseeing all clinical, therapeutic and technology related services to the more than 1,000 persons that participate in services provided through Enable.


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Louis Zimmer, Ph.D.
Supervising Neuropsychologist
Department of Psychology/Traumatic Brain Injury Services
United Cerebral Palsy Association of Nassau County, Inc.
380 Washington Avenue
Roosevelt, New York 11575

Dr. Louis Zimmer's clinical expertise is in the field of neuropsychology with the assessment and treatment of cognitive problems in children with both developmental and acquired disabilities, the later as the result of injury or exposure to toxic chemicals such as lead. A practicing psychologist for over sixteen years, he is the former Director of Neuropsychology at Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation in Dallas, Texas as well as the former Director of the James and Sarah Brady Institute for TBI at Jamaica Hospital in New York City. Dr. Zimmer is currently Supervising Neuropsychologist at United Cerebral Palsy Association of Nassau County, Inc. where is provides direct clinical care and consultative services to persons with traumatic brain injury.

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