Laurence Taggart

(International) Centre for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and the Autism Research Hub, Ulster University

Laurence Taggart Dr Laurence Taggart is a Reader, and leads the Centre for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and the Autism Research Hub at Ulster University. Laurence is the current Chair of the Health Specialist Interest Research Group of the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IASSIDD) and was until Dec 2016, President of the Royal Society of Medicine Intellectual Disability Forum. He is the Expert Advisor for the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) Guideline for older adults with an intellectual disability in the UK.

Laurence’s main research interests focus on the health of people with intellectual disabilities (i.e. health inequalities, inequities and health promotion), the use of technology to improve health, computer interface and knowledge transfer. He has received funding of over £3.3 million from a range of national competitive funders (incl. NIHR, ESRC) to complete research projects aimed at transferring research knowledge into practice in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities. He has published over 100 articles and chapters and is the co-editor of ‘Health Promotion for People with Intellectual & Developmental’ Disabilities’ (2014) .

Therese Sands

Director, Disabled People’s Organisations Australia

Therese Sands Therese Sands is the Director of Disabled People’s Organisations Australia (DPO Australia), an alliance of four national organisations constituted and led by people with disability. She has worked for 25 years in education, policy development, capacity building and advocacy in the area of disability and human rights.

Therese’s passion for human rights began at the Australian Human Rights Commission where she worked on the awareness campaign for the introduction of the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (Cth). Through her work, she has gained extensive theoretical and practical experience of United Nations (UN) human rights mechanisms, and how to use UN mechanisms to further domestic advocacy for the rights of people with disability.

Therese has a Master of Human Rights Law and Policy, and won the University of NSW Law School Public Defender’s Prize in 2012. She is a Life Member of People with Disability Australia (PWDA) and a member of Women With Disabilities Australia (WWDA).

Jenn Gallup

International Assistant Professor of Special Education at Idaho State University

Jenn Gallup Dr. Jenn Gallup is an Assistant Professor of special education at Idaho State University with a focus on inclusion through effective integration of Universal Design for Learning, particularly in science and mathematics. She publishes and disseminates research in the area of Autism and effective integration technologies such as video games, simulations, and virtual environments, that support and develop communication, interpersonal relationships and soft-skills required for careers in Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics.

Cary Griffin

(International), Board Chair, Center for Social Capital, USA

Cary Griffin Cary Griffin is the former President & CEO of Griffin-Hammis Associates, a full service consultancy specializing in building communities of economic cooperation, creating high performance organizations, and focusing on disability and employment. He is also past Co-Director of the U.S. Dept. of Labor’s National Self Employment Technical Assistance, Resources and Training project with Virginia Commonwealth University, and is one of only a handful of Subject Matter Experts hired by the U.S. Dept. of Labor to help implement Employment First nationally.

Cary maintains a strong relationship with the Rural Institute at the University of Montana, where he served as Director of Adult Community Services & Supports. He is the former Executive Director of the Region VIII CRP-RCEP at the Center for Technical Assistance & Training (CTAT), which he founded at the University of Northern Colorado in 1989. Prior to this Cary served as Director of an adult rehabilitation program in Southern Colorado.

He has extensive experience providing rehabilitation services and technical assistance in minority, rural, inner city and economically depressed communities. Cary has also designed and directed major systems change projects.