Jane C. Rapaport, Special Education Teacher Consultant for students with a wide range of social and academic challenges, strives each day to help students reach their personal goals. She has a special connection with students with Autism Spectrum Condition and their families as she has seen students struggle with daily social communication challenges, face them, defy them and become successful achievers that others look up to as they grow from early elementary, middle school and high school.
She has facilitated research in self-advocacy and encourages students to understand themselves so they can make the changes needed to be successful. One of her greatest joys is when former students come back to share their successes with her. A parent of a former student recently shared in an email several such achievements: a first successful visit from a new friend, initiating asking for help, and responding to a request from a teacher on his needs for the upcoming school year-just treat me with patience and kindness.
Jane lives in Okemos, Michigan with her Military Macaw, Bonnet, is the mother of two fabulous and never boring adult children. Her Masters in Special Education is from the University of Michigan and she continues to learn from readings and research and most importantly from asking her students, their teachers including their speech pathologists, Occupational Therapists and others and especially the parents of her students what they feel are their biggest challenges and working together to meet those challenges. She views InteractAble as a way to face some of these challenges and is very confident in and excited about its potential to help children with ASC successfully adapt to their social environments.
For over 15 years Dr. Marcie Beigel has studied behavior in what she calls “small beings” aged two to twenty-three. Through Behavior + Beyond she’s created a practice that can reach you in-person and online. Wherever you connect with her you’ll find that Dr. Marcie has distilled her lessons into concrete strategies that are actionable (as in, like, right now) and realistic (as in, actually possible). She earned her certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctorate, a Doctorate from Teachers College, Columbia University and New York State Certification as a Special Education Teacher and Administrator. In her spare time she studies the mind-body connection and earned a certification in yoga, Reiki and cranio-sacral therapy.
Amanda Friedman is the Co-Founder and Director of Student Affairs at The Atlas Foundation for Autism. Amanda is a special education teacher with over 10 years of experience within the educational field. She has completed the Administrative Certification Program from the College of Saint Rose/CITE. Amanda has worked with students ranging in age from 3 – 25 years old with an array of differences including Autism, Mental Retardation, Emotional Disturbances (PTSD, Schizophrenia, Oppositional Defiance Disorder, etc.). She has acted as the Vice President for the Hudson Valley Autism Society, sat on several Walk for Autism Committees, and is a parent advocate for families at CSE and school meetings. Amanda has been through certified trainings in ABA, TEACCH, BART, and multiple trainings in DIR/Floortime.