Our Keynote Speaker this year is Ellen M. Weber, M.Ed., Assistant Director of Education Programs at The Center for Autism and Related Disabilities at USF. She has spent the last 12 years working with individuals with developmental disabilities and most of her work with those impacted by Autism Spectrum Disorders. Her past experiences include providing respite and therapeutic support in homes, care and counseling in residential settings, instruction and behavioral intervention as an educator in the school and coordinating educational services at the supervisory level.

We are also very honored to have Mayor Rick Kriseman attending, as he will be opening our educational program by reading a proclamation designating March as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. In 1987, President Ronald Reagan issued a public proclamation that the month of March would be recognized as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month to “increase public awareness of the needs and potential of Americans with disabilities”, and we continue to honor this tradition today.