Wednesday, April 24, 2013, 6:30 p.m.

Romita Auditorium, Mooney Center, New Rochelle Campus. Free and open to the public; light refreshments at 8:45 p.m.

Lydia Brown |

lydia-brownLydia Brown is an Autistic and multiply-disabled disability rights activist, scholar, and writer. She is a Project Assistant for the Autistic Self Advocacy Network, and serves as Undersecretary for Disability Affairs at Georgetown University’s student government executive branch. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of TASH New England, the National Council on Independent Living Youth Caucus, and the Georgetown University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Consumer Advisory Council

Marjorie St. Hilaire

marjorie-st-hilaireMarjorie St. Hilaire is a certified school psychologist and New Rochelle resident who has been working with ASD youngsters since the beginning of her career. In addition to bridging the home and school to help support “the whole child,” her knowledge with this population ranges from preschool to adolescent. Her role within the school system is to increase awareness of this population within the mainstream school environment, advocate and implement best practices, and to optimize the student with ASD to his or her fullest potential.

Lisa Quinones-Fontanez |

lisa-quinones-fontanezLisa Quinones-Fontanez is a secretary by day, grad student/blogger by night and Warrior Mami round the clock. She blogs regularly on and on her blog, She was recently nominated for Yahoo’s Women who Shine Award and was named LATISM’s 2012 Best Health Blogger. AutismWonderland is one of Babble’s Top 30 Autism Blogs for Parents for 2012.

Edie Barasch

Edie Barasch is chairperson of the Committee on Preschool Special Education, City School District of New Rochelle, an early childhood special educator, educational leader, and parent of an adult child with autism. She was an adjunct instructor at the CNR Graduate School on subjects related to special education and disabilities from 2002-2004, an active member of the New Rochelle SEPTA, and co-founded the “We Are One” Award.

The panel will be hosted by the Provost of The College of New Rochelle. For more information, please contact Jennifer Scuro at or Ruth Zealand at

Autism Education Week

Other Autism Education Week events include a panel on Autism Myths and Truths: Classification, Treatment and Education, a presentation by pediatric neurologist Dr. Ram Kairam, on April 25; and Autism: Building Bridges Between Practice and Education, the first annual conference by the Graduate School and the Association for Science in Autism Treatment, on April 26.