2014 Speakers

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    Marguerite Cohn

    Marguerite has experience working with students with autism and other neurodevelopmental delays ranging in age from 9 to 21 years old. She began working at Rebecca School in September 2006 and, after several years spent in the classroom as a teacher for Rebecca’s teenage population, Marguerite has been supervising the transitions program for the past two years.

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    Chantal Sicile-Kira

    Chantal Sicile-Kira’s passion for empowering others has led her to become an award-winning author of five books, speaker, and leader in the field of adolescence and transition to adulthood. She has been involved with autism for over 25 years as both a parent and a professional on both sides of the Atlantic

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    Greg Zibricky, CFP
    With nearly 30 years of experience, Greg is recognized and regarded for his expertise in the fields of Financial and Special Needs Planning. He specializes in asset management, lifetime income strategies, life insurance solutions and trust funding. Greg has in depth experience working with people’s most difficult life transitions.

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    Margaret (Peggy) Groce



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    Tom Ott L.C.S.W.

    Tom is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 35 years of experience in assisting and supporting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. Presently he supports people through his individual and group work in a specialty clinic and he also assists people in making a plan for their future, based on their desires, situation and options. He works at a voluntary, non-profit agency and has collaborated with many other voluntary agencies and governmental partners.

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    Laura Shumaker

    Laura Shumaker is a nationally recognized writer, autism and disabilities advocate. Her essays have appeared in many places, including the New York Times, CNN, NPR, and in a popular autism and disabilities blog for The San Francisco Chronicle. Her oldest son oldest, Matthew, is the subject of her book

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    Nathan D. DeCorpo

    Nathan D. DeCorpo is Special Counsel to the Law Offices of Elliot S. Schlissel.  Mr. DeCorpo is a practicing attorney in the State of New York. Mr. DeCorpo is a member of the National Association of Elder Law Attorneys as well as a Committee Member of the Trusts and Estates Sections of the Queens and Nassau County Bar Associations. Mr. DeCorpo is a frequent speaker on issues of asset preservation and works directly with the Quality Services for the Autism Community organization.

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    Mitchell Weisbrot

    Mr. Weisbrot is now a Special Care Planner at CWP and currently one of only 127 Chartered Special Needs Consultants in the country. He was presented with the “NY Mets Spirit Award” in recognition of his efforts to enrich the lives of individuals with disabilities. He is a member of Sid Jacobson Jewish Community Center’s Special Needs Advisory Committee, the Autism Society of America – Nassau Suffolk Chapter of New York State, and the Long Island Family Support Consumer Council. Mr. Weisbrot has three sons on the autism spectrum.


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