Recommended Speakers, Trainers & Legal Assistance

Legal Assistance & Conference Presentations

Kimberly S. Taylor

judge-kimberly-taylorResident Superior Court Judge, 22nd Judicial District (Retired)
Kim 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: kimbyrd7@yahoo.com

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: http://www.aspie.com

James Friedman

james_friedmanChaplain James Friedman is the proud father of James or as his family calls him Jamzie and the grandfather of Tyson both who have autism. James is the Senior Pastor of the Greater Christian Ministries church, Senior Police Chaplain for the Eastpointe Police and Saint Clair Shores Police departments, Macomb Police Chief’s Association and the Macomb Criminal Justice Training Center. James is also a Program Director and Instructor for the Macomb Criminal Justice Training Center teaching programs such as: Cultural Awareness, Sexual Harassment and Public Service Chaplaincy. Chaplain Friedman is also a graduate of the Macomb Police Reserve Academy.

It is the experience and passion that Chaplain Friedman has for those in the autism spectrum especially his son and grandson that motivated him to include autism awareness in each of his trainings to public safety officers and chaplains. The need, concern and desire to offer applicable and comprehensive training to his peers and students is what brought James to the Autism Risk and Safety Management team!

Chaplain Friedman believes the need has never been greater for law enforcement, first responders, educational systems and faith based organizations to understand just how serious and vast the challenge of autism really is in the 21st Century. The new statistics reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is one in every 88 births fall somewhere in the autism Spectrum. This is one of many reasons James sponsors Autism Risk and Safety Management training at the Macomb Criminal Justice Training Center and will continue to do so.

In 2012, Chaplain James Friedman joined Autism Risk & Safety Management as a training consultant. He is now offering presentations and trainings on behalf of Autism Risk & Safety Management to law enforcement and public safety departments, community/civic groups and faith-based organizations.

Chaplain Friedman and the Autism Risk & Safety Management team are ready to support your agency’s development of autism related training.

Chaplain James Friedman will provide direct training in Michigan and the Great Lakes states. Please visit: http://www.jamesafriedman.com/

Dr. Stephen Shore

doctor_stephen_shoreDiagnosed 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: http://www.autismasperger.net