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Jeane1.1 Jeanne Lippert has been involved with CASANA for over 10 years and is currently a CASANA Board Member. She is the parent of a teenager who is challenged with CAS. She is the former Co-Chair of her school district’s Special Education Advisory Council. Jeanne has a B.A in Speech Communication and Psychology, and currently works as a Quality and Safety Director for a manufacturing company in Minneapolis, MN. Pre-conference seminar session 100: Ideas to Action: How to Get the Most Out of Your Conference Experience Sessions 105 and 304: From Fear to Action: Developing A Plan Forward


Chris Vance1.2Chris Vance, Esq., is a special education and disability law attorney in Atlanta, Georgia. She received her M.Ed. summa cum laude and taught for six years before obtaining her J.D. with honors from the Emory School of Law. She has been practicing law for 24 years and represents children with disabilities living throughout the state of Georgia. Mrs. Vance was the first attorney in the Country to obtain a federal district court decision finding that parents of children with disabilities can recover their fees for representing their children with disabilities. She also prevailed in the first vision therapy reimbursement case at the federal court level and has obtained extensive awards for children with disabilities, including 10 years of private education for one client and 40 hours a week of private services for five years for another child. Mrs. Vance herself has a child earlier diagnosed with childhood apraxia of speech and thus offers not only legal expertise but personal knowledge regarding the provision of an appropriate education to children with disabilities. This, along with her educational background, allows Mrs. Vance to effectively resolve most disputes in a positive manner for children with disabilities without the need for litigation. Mrs. Vance presents often on the topics of special education and disability law locally, state wide, and nationally. Her child focused, pragmatic, educationally based presentations make her a favorite at seminars. Sessions 405 and 604: The IDEA and Obtaining an Appropriate Education for Your Child

kim thompson1.1Kimberly Bond Thompson, MS, OTR/L, is a board certified Occupational Therapist with a specialty in the area of technology use for people with developmental disabilities. For the past 17 years, she has had the opportunity to assist individuals across the life span improve their independence through use of assistive technology, including AAC. She has presented on the subject at local and national levels. During the last 5 years, Kim put her skills to the test as the mother of a child with apraxia, helping her to redefine her understanding of AAC implementation and teamwork. Session 106 and 506: Handwriting: Remediation and Assistive Technology What Do We Do When? Session 305: Should We Use AAC? Clinical Decision Making from a Mother’s Perspective

SueFSue Freiburger, M.S.P.H., has a M.S.P.H. in environmental chemistry from the UNC-Chapel Hill and has worked as a human health risk assessor for a large international consulting firm. She is the parent of a child who was diagnosed with severe CAS. She has spent the last eleven years advocating for him and helping him find his voice. Inspired by her son, she founded the CASANA walk-a-thons and she has been a CASANA board member since 2008. Sessions 105 and 304: From Fear to Action: Developing A Plan Forward