This is from the National APSE website. The National Conference is happening now in Philly! If you are there please use hashtag #nationalApse2015. So people can all over can see what you post. Here is a rundown directly from National APSE of the Keynote Speakers
Keynote Speakers – See photos to go along with these and more info APSE 2015 Keynotes
Chris Taylor (Opening Keynote) – Veteran, global business leader and entrepreneur, Taylor is the founder and CEO of Novitas Group, LLC, a Department of Veterans Affairs-certified service-disabled veteran-owned small business that uses a unique talent-opportunity matching platform to assist veterans in their search for meaningful employment in the communities of their choice. For his work, he was named as one of, “HillVets’ 100 of 2014” most influential veterans in America. Chris is also an adjunct professor of national security studies at Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service Security Studies Program, where he teaches “The Business of National Security”.
Maria Town (Closing Keynote) – Maria Town is a Policy Advisor at the US Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy. At ODEP, her work focuses on issues related to youth with disabilities as they transition into the workforce. She has spoken at a variety of national and international venues on disability topics, including: the national conferences on youth leadership and transition to work, the Society for Disability Studies, Mobility International USA professional Exchange in Jordan and the American Councils for International Education. She currently co-leads a networking group for young professionals called The Hidden Army and volunteers on the Inclusion Task Force of the Girl Scouts of the Nation’s Capital. She also writes about fashion, disability, and design on her blog CP Shoes.
Ari Ne’eman – President and co-founder of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN), Ne’eman is an Autistic adult and a leading advocate in the neurodiversity and self-advocacy movements. Ne’eman has served on the National Council on Disability, as a public member to the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee, and as an adviser to the DSM-5 Neurodevelopmental Disorders Workgroup convened by the American Psychiatric Association. He is also a board member of TASH, an advocacy organization focusing on advancing social justice for people with significant disabilities. In these roles, Ne’eman has He has worked on a wide variety of disability rights-related legislation relating to education, transition, employment, rights protection and other areas.
Sharon Lewis – Lewis serves in the dual roles of Principal Deputy Administrator of the Administration for Community Living, as well as HHS Secretary Burwell’s Senior Advisor on Disability. As a Kennedy Public Policy Fellow and her past roles as Commssioner of the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and Senior Disability Policy Adviser to U.S. House Committee on Education & Labor,Lewis has made a substantive impact on disability policy. She is also the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2010 Distinguished Leadership in National Disability Policy Award and the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities Chairman’s Award.