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Recommended Speakers, Trainers, and Legal Assistance

Legal Assistance & Conference Presentations

Kimberly S. Taylor, Resident Superior Court Judge, 22nd Judicial District (Retired)

Retired Judge Kimberly TaylorKim Taylor was a Superior Court Judge in the 22nd Judicial District, Sixth Division of North Carolina for 20 years. The mother of a young man with autism, Judge Taylor played an integral role in getting autism spectrum disorder information added to the basic law enforcement training for the state of North Carolina. Judge Taylor has co-presented with Dennis Debbaudt for the Illinois Attorney General's Office in 2007 and 200 and conferences in North Carolina, Florida, Texas and Minnesota. Judge Taylor served as a subject matter expert for California POST's autism training video, spearheaded the development of the Autism in the Criminal Justice System training video for judges, prosecutors and defense attorneys, and co-wrote with Dennis Debbaudt and Dr. Gary Mesibov the companion article of the same name for the North Carolina Bar Journal in December, 2009.

Judge Taylor is sought out for her legal expertise as it pertains to persons with autism and their families.

Contact Kim Taylor for legal assistance or to arrange a speaking or training engagement via email at:

Conference, Training & Development

Dr. Liane Holliday Willey

Diagnosed later in life with Asperger syndrome, a very high functioning form of autism Dr. Liane Holliday Willey is an inspirational and motivational speaker who helps her audience truly understand the importance of accepting people with differences. Dr. Willey has presented with Dennis Debbaudt in Michigan and Florida and edited Dennis' Safety chapter in her book Asperger Syndrome in Adolescence Living with the Ups, the Downs and Things in Between. Liane is also the author of the international best-selling book Pretending to be Normal: Living with Aspergers Syndrome and Safety Skills for Asperger Women: How to Save a Perfectly Good Female Life.

Dr. Liane Holliday Willey can be reached via her web site:

Conference, Training & Development

Dr. Stephen Shore

Dr. Stephen Shore

Diagnosed with "Atypical Development and strong autistic tendencies" and "too sick" for outpatient treatment Dr. Shore was recommended for institutionalization. Nonverbal until four, and with much support from his parents, teachers, wife, and others, Stephen is now a professor at Adelphi University where his research focuses on matching best practice to the needs of people with autism.

In addition to working with children and talking about life on the autism spectrum, Stephen presents and consults internationally on adult issues pertinent to education, relationships, employment, advocacy, and disclosure as discussed in his books Beyond the Wall: Personal Experiences with Autism and Asperger Syndrome, Ask and Tell: Self-advocacy and Disclosure for People on the Autism Spectrum, the critically acclaimed Understanding Autism for Dummies, and the newly released DVD Living along the Autism Spectrum: What it means to have Autism or Asperger Syndrome.

Over the past decade Dr. Shore has made hundreds of presentations across six continents, almost 30 countries and 45 states to school systems, universities, parent groups, autism organizations, conferences and other events. Dr. Shore has co-presented with Dennis Debbaudt in Illinois, Minnesota, Massachusetts and Florida. His latest project involves collaborating with NYPD in creating a training video for when officers encounter individuals on the autism spectrum in their work.

President emeritus of the Asperger's Association of New England and former board member of the Autism Society, Dr. Shore serves in the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee, Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism Association, and other autism related organizations.

Dr. Stephen Shore can be reached via his web site:

First Response Training & Development

Captain Bill Cannata

Captain Bill CannataBill Cannata is a Captain with the Westwood MA Fire Department and is The Autism and Law Enforcement Education Coalition Coordinator (ALEC). The ALEC Project is supported in part with funding from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Autism Spectrum Division. Bill has presented in tandem with Dennis Debbaudt and Judge Kim Taylor at conferences in Colorado, Massachusetts, Minnesota and Florida and is a consultant to the Autism, Fire-Rescue and Emergency Medical Services video. He has presented for the Alabama Fire Chief's Association and in other areas of the U.S. and in Canada.

Contact Captain Bill Cannata via email at:

Margaret Creedon, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist

Margaret Creedon, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist Dr. Creedon is a Fellow in the American Academy of Clinical Psychology; member of the Panel of Professional Advisors for the Autism Society of America; former attending staff at the Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago and director of the school and research at the Developmental Institute; early intervention specialist; and consultant to families and schools nationally and internationally, the Department of Education in Ireland. Currently she is a consultant for the Autism Research Institute and adjunct teaching faculty, DePaul University.

Dr. Creedon is also a co-founder of the international Autism Network for Individuals with Hearing and Visual Impairments, under Supports. Locally she also co-founded a coalition for the prevention of abuse to persons with disabilities and now joined forces with a globally based group, see

Margaret P. Creedon, Ph.D.
2001 North Nordica Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60707 USA

Mailing Address: 2338 SE Holland Street Port St. Lucie Florida 34952
Phone: (772) 398-9756 (Son with autism may answer phone) Fax: (772) 398-2428

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