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    Robert Titus

    New Jersey Autism Public Policy Expert

    Bob Titus is the father of 30 year-old Joseph, a resident in Eden Services group home Hinkle House in Hamilton, NJ. With Joseph’s mother Diane, Bob has been a lifelong advocate for him, engaging in due process for educational placement and securing adult services. A graduate of Montclair State College, Bob was employed by Verizon Telecommunications for 34 years as a facilities engineer and was the Public Policy Director for Autism New Jersey until July this year. He was also a former Board President of Autism New Jersey and currently serves on the Board of Princeton Child Development Institute and on the Eden Services Human Rights Committee. Beginning participation on the Eden Facility Advisory Committee this month, Bob has had extensive experience with New Jersey government services for legislation and individuals with autism.

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    Thomas McCool, M.Ed., Ed.D.

    President/CEO Eden Autism Services

    Tom McCool, M.Ed., Ed.D. was appointed President/CEO of Eden Autism Services in 2005. From 1985 through 2005, Dr. McCool served in a number of capacities at Devereux, a national non-profit organization which provides services for persons with emotional, developmental and educational disabilities. From 1985 to 1996 he served as Executive Director of Devereux California, and from 1996 to 2005 he served as Devereux’s National Vice President of Development and Government Relations.

    While in California, Dr. McCool was a gubernatorial appointee to the California Interagency Coordinating Council and served on the MIND Institute Advisory Board at UC Davis. Dr. McCool is a Founding Commissioner of the National Commission on Accreditation of Special Education Services (NCASES), and founding member and current Vice Chairman of the National Association of Residential Providers of Adults with Autism (NARPA).

    In January 2012, he was elected President of the National Association of Private Schools for Exceptional Children (NAPSEC). He was also elected Vice Chairman of the Philadelphia Irish Business Chamber Network (IABCN). Dr. McCool is a long standing member of the Autism Society. In 2010, Dr. McCool was named Innovator of the Year by the Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce, and in 2012 the New Jersey Firefighters’ Mutual Benevolent Association presented him with their prestigious Humanitarian Award.

    Dr. McCool has presented at numerous professional conferences including the National Association of Private Schools for Exceptional Children, and Autism Society’s National and International Conferences on Autism. Dr. McCool received a Doctor of Education Degree in Educational Leadership from Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Institute for Leadership Studies in Hackensack, New Jersey, and a Masters of Education Degree from West Chester State University, West Chester, Pennsylvania.

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    Michael Lewis, Ph.D.

    Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry,
    Director of the Institute for the Study of Child Development (Johnson Medical School)

    Michael Lewis, Ph.D. is University Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry, and Director of the Institute for the Study of Child Development at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School – University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. He also is Professor of Psychology, Education, Cognitive Science, and Biomedical Engineering at Rutgers University.

    His research has focused on normal and deviant emotional and intellectual development. Some of his early works focused on the normal course of children’s intellectual growth. He related this to changes in the organization of central nervous system functioning, and he developed the habituation-dishabituation paradigm for measuring dysfunctional and normal cognitive development. Based on these measures, Dr. Lewis developed a computer-based technique for enhancing intellectual ability in children suffering from a variety of disorders associated with retardation. Besides attaining the highest level of qualification, he has also received acknowledgements and honors.

    Dr. Lewis has written several books on children and the surroundings that affect their behavior. One such book is Why The Past Does Not Predict The Future (1997). WebTeam Corporation in collaboration with Dr. Lewis has developed an app called Autism N Developmental Disorder (ANDDS). Dr. Lewis is the subject matter expert of ANDDS. This app can be used to check whether or not the child has any risk of developmental delays.

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    Atam P. Dhawan, Ph.D.

    Head of Interdisciplinary Design Studio (IDS), New Jersey Institute of Technology

    Atam P. Dhawan, Ph.D. heads the Interdisciplinary Design Studio (IDS) at New Jersey Institute of Technology, where students are developing patent pending interactive toys. He obtained his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Manitoba. From 1985-2000, he held faculty positions in Electrical and Computer Engineering and Radiology departments at University of Houston, University of Cincinnati, University of Texas, University of Texas Medical Center (Dallas) and University of Toledo. In July 2000, he joined NJIT where he served as the Chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering for nine years.

    Currently he is a Distinguished Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering and Interim Dean of Albert Dorman Honors College at NJIT where he serves as the Executive Director of the Interdisciplinary Design Studio.

    He is also an Adjunct Professor of Radiology at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. He is listed in Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Engineering, and Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. His educational background is not just restricted to the aforementioned details as he holds many other degrees and certificates.

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    Jennifer Velez

    New Jersey Commissioner of Human Services

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    Sheila Oliver

    Speaker, New Jersey General Assembly

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    Jon Bramnick

    New Jersey Assembly Minority Leader

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    Jack Ciattarelli

    New Jersey Assemblyman

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    Donna Simon

    New Jersey Assemblywoman

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    Daniel Benson

    New Jersey Assemblywoman

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    Upendra Chivukula

    New Jersey Assemblyman

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    Gary Schaer

    New Jersey Assemblyman and Chairman Assembly Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee

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