Building A Spectrum of Opportunity has ended
Our ASCV conference, Building a Spectrum of Opportunity, will be held this Fall as a weekly virtual conference series! Join us for nine weekly presentations and additional on-demand sessions, Individual IEP Consultations with PEATC, 1:1 Waiver Mentor Meetings with our Information & Referral Specialist and Virginia Medicaid Waiver Mentor, Bradford Hulcher, and an On-Demand Exhibitor Fair.  Register now at www.ascv.org/conference!

After registering, you will receive an email invitation to create an account with Sched, allowing you to personalize your schedule, save sessions, and access links to the on-demand and live sessions. For assistance, please email info@ascv.org.

If you missed Dr. Jed Baker’s or Dr. John Strang’s sessions, click on the dates at the top of the page, under the "Speakers" link. Click on the session link to watch the recording.
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Gyasi Burks-Abbott

Boston Chidren's/Institute for Community Inclusion UMass Boston
Self-Advocate Faculty Member
Gyasi Burks-Abbott is a writer, public speaker, and autism self-advocate. He’s on the faculty of the LEND Program at Boston Children’s Hospital and UMass Boston’s Institute for Community Inclusion. LEND, which stands for Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities, is an interdisciplinary program that provides treatment for children with disabilities and training for healthcare professionals. Gyasi graduated from Macalester College in St. Paul, MN with a BA in English and psychology, and he has an M.S. in Library and Information Science from Simmons University in Boston. As part of a fellowship at the Institute for Community Inclusion, Gyasi created a website of autism in adulthood resources. Recently, Gyasi collaborated on an article for the Developmental Disabilities Network Journal about remote meetings with legislators in D.C. called “Virtual Advocacy: Lived Experience Takes Center Stage During and After Pandemic.”He also contributed to the Association of University Centers on Disabilities Policy Blog: a short piece on what can be learned from the pandemic called “Disability in the Time of Corona” and some reflections on the intersectionality of being both black and autistic called “A Double Consciousness, If You Can Keep It.” In addition to serving on the Autism Society’s Strategic Planning Committee, Gyasi is also an advisor to the Advocates for Autism of Massachusetts, a Citizen member of the Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council, and a Commissioner on the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Persons with Disabilities. He lives in Bedford, Massachusetts.

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