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2015 Presenters

 Keynote Speakers

Ralph James Savarese is the author of Reasonable People: A Memoir of Autism and Adoption, which Newsweek called “a real life love story and an urgent manifesto for the rights of people with neurological disabilities.” The book was featured on CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360" and NPR's "The Diane Rehm Show." He has published some twenty-five articles on autism, and with his wife, Emily, he co-edited the first collection of its kind on the concept of neurodiversity. A recent fellow at Duke University's Institute for Brain Sciences, he teaches at Grinnell College.

Emily Thornton Savarese is a parent and education consultant who has presented at various conferences and universities on topics related to inclusion. With her husband, she coedited a special edition of Disability Studies Quarterly on Neurodiversity and co-authored an article called “Literate Lungs: Breathing Difference into Literacy.” Before moving to Iowa, she was the educational coordinator and assistant director at the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities at the University of Florida in Gainesville.

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