The Advisory Stakeholder Group on Autism Related Needs was created by HB 718 in the 2021 Maryland General Assembly session. Located in the Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives, the group is led by Katie Gandy, Maryland’s first statewide autism coordinator.
The goal is to enhance outreach and education about autism in Maryland. Gandy knows the challenges and opportunities as an advocate and parent of a child with autism. She will be a tremendous asset on this important issue for parents, children, and caregivers.
Gandy has served on the Board of Directors for the Howard County Autism Society for nearly three years. She recently led an effort by the society to add communication boards at Howard County elementary schools so that nonverbal children can better communicate with their peers on the playground.
Gandy seeks to build effective, wraparound resources for all Marylanders with autism, their families, and caregivers, to ensure that Maryland will remain a leader in autism education, therapy, interventions, and resources.
|Katie Gandy||State Coordinator for Autism Strategy|
|Christian Miele||Assistant Secretary of Disabilities, Maryland
Department of Disabilities
|Fatima Salem||Maryland Speech-Language-Hearing Association|
|Rachel London||Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council|
|Ray Marshall||The Arc of Maryland|
|Rebecca Rinzi||Pathfinders for Autismn|
|Elizabeth Hall||Maryland Department of Disabilities|
|Emily Arker||School Psychologist, Montgomery County Public Schools|
|Christine Ceely||Physical Therapist Case Mentor/Reviewer, Shenandoah University|
|Dr. Shannon Brown||Pediatrician/Owner, Premiere Pediatrics|
|Nicole LeBlanc||Autistic Self-Advocate|
|Adam Jones||Autistic Self-Advocate; Horse Trainer, Autism After 21|
|Roger Thibaudeau||Parent of a child on the Autism spectrum|
|Devan Southerland||Parent of a child on the Autism spectrum; group leader/moderator of Facebook group “Brown on the Spectrum”|
|Lisa Wiederlight||University of Baltimore|
|Peggy Pugh||Washington County Public Schools|
|Julie Lewis||T. Rowe Price|
|Jennifer Styles||Paterakis Bakeries|
|Melissa Rosenberg||Howard County Autism Society Executive Director|
|JaLynn Prince||Madison House, Autism After 21|
|Ryan Roddey||Special educator, autistic self-advocate|
|Walter Suskind||Autism sibling, filmmaker, non-profit founder|
|Kristy Nunley||Autism parent, author, advocatee|
|Annie McLaughlin||Annie McLaughlin Consulting|
|Emily Pratt||Behavioral expert, special educator|