Speakers & Stories

April 23, 2017

Arch Story Speakers - 1:00 p.m

Seven storytellers - adults on the spectrum, family members, and advocates -share stories detailing a significant event in their lives. The stories are authentic, not memorized or performed.

 

Susan Moore - Susan is an ordained minister with the United Church of Christ. She received her Master of Divinity from Duke University and is a graduate of the University of North Carolina. Much of her time in Storm Lake has been dedicated to the supportive role of Buena Vista University President Fred Moore’s wife, as mother to Alison, and as mother and primary caretaker of the Moores’ 26-year-old son, Stephen, who is diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Susan has also been an active volunteer in Storm Lake and surrounding communities.

 

Aurora Post - Aurora is a 23 year old Ambassador Public Speaker for the Special Olympics Global Messenger Program. She received her ambassador training in December 2015 and has been an avid speaker ever since. She balances working part time and her ambassador role. Aurora has been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and seeks to show the ability in people with an intellectual challenges.

 

Michelle Baird-Grant -  Born in Nova Scotia, Canada, Michelle earned a Bachelor of Arts from Acadia University and has since earned an honorary degree in chaos management, motherhood, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and ADHD through an extensive, unpaid fellowship and on the job training.  When not fulfilling her role as a Household Engineer, Michelle enjoys reading, shopping, learning to play the piano, organizing social gatherings, serving in the community and at Church, and traveling to visit family.

 

Chase Harrison - Chase is a senior Music Production and Technology Major at Buena Vista University where he is an active member of the KBVU The Edge 97.5 team, the BVU Concert Band, and the BVU Jazz Ensemble. Chase is also a composer. Chase is an alumni of the highly competitive Disney College Program where he worked for Disney World in Orlando, FL. In addition telling a story for us, Chase is providing our musical entertainment.

 

Brandon Arkland - Brandon is a senior at Iowa State University, majoring in Child, Adult, and Family Services. He is currently on the Board of Directors of Autism Society of Iowa. Brandon is the co-chair of the Iowa Autism State Council. The council advises the state legislature and governor, producing topical reports.

 

Rebecca Bassich - Rebecca is 27 years old and the oldest of six children. She graduated from Buena Vista University with an Art degree in 2015 and currently resides in her hometown of Malvern, Iowa, with her mother, two siblings and Trixie, the family dog. Rebecca enjoys working within the exciting career field of public library services as the local Library Director for Malvern Public Library.

 

Leslie Franzmeier - Leslie is the Autism Strategist for Prairie Lakes AEA and a Special Education Consultant. She recieveed her Master of Arts from Morningside College and is a graduate of University of Northern Iowa. Leslie has been a Special Education Teacher for 30 years. She now advocates for services for children with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder. She is a grandmother to Cecelia, has two married children. Leslie’s husband farms.

 

Singer-Songwriter Chase Harrison performs at intermission.

Panelists - 3:15 p.m.

Additionally, a panel of experts will discuss access to services and other issues facing individuals and families, as well as explore potential solutions.

 

Panelists

Gregory L. Kenyon – Services for Adults on the Spectrum, Special Education and Trust Accounts

Gregory L. Kenyon received his B.A. from Buena Vista College and Juris Doctorate from Drake University in 1978. He is a shareholder in the Des Moines firm Grandshaw, Fowler, Proctor & Fairgrave, P.C., where he focuses on the general practice of law with an emphasis on estate planning, wills, probate, trust and elder law.

 

Greg is the chair of the Iowa Bar Association Elder Law Section and serves on the Iowa Supreme Court Guardianship and Conservatorship Reform Task Force. He is a frequent speaker at Bar Association and professional continuing education programs on elder law, Title XIX (Medicaid) issues, guardian and conservatorship issues, estate planning and probate matters.

 

Daryl Beall - How We Approach Legislative Change

Daryl Beall was elected to the Iowa Senate in 2002 and reelected in 2006 and 2010, and has a proven track record of community service and legislation leadership and accomplishment.

 

Senator Beall has championed the causes of autism, veteran’s rights, mental health, education reform, safe schools, renewable energy (including wind power, biodiesel and ethanol), lakes and rivers restoration, skilled jobs creation and training, regional economic development, accessible and affordable health care, keeping children safe from predators and families protected from domestic violence.

 

He was often called “Iowa’s Ambassador” because of his extensive international relations and citizen diplomacy activities.

 

Changes in the Diagnosis of Autism and Tips on How to Access Services

 

Dr. Tsai received his medical degree from Taipei Medical University in Taiwan and completed his residency training in general psychiatry and fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of Iowa Hospitals. He has held academic and professional appointments at the University of Iowa College of Medicine, the University of Kansas School of Medicine, the University of Michigan Medical School and College of Literature, Science and the Arts, as well as the Oakland University School of Education and Human Servuces. He is the author of Taking the Mystery out of Medication in Autism/Asperger Syndromes and Raising our Son with Autism – A Family’s 40-Year Journey.

 

Dr. Tsai is a scholar, a researcher, a teacher, a father of a young man with autism, as well as a friend of individuals with autism and related disorders.

 

 

Check back for more information.

 

 

Arch Story Speakers - 1:00 p.m

Seven storytellers - adults on the spectrum, family members, and advocates -share stories detailing a significant event in their lives. The stories are authentic, not memorized or performed.

 

Susan Moore - Susan is an ordained minister with the United Church of Christ. She received her Master of Divinity from Duke University and is a graduate of the University of North Carolina. Much of her time in Storm Lake has been dedicated to the supportive role of Buena Vista University President Fred Moore’s wife, as mother to Alison, and as mother and primary caretaker of the Moores’ 26-year-old son, Stephen, who is diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Susan has also been an active volunteer in Storm Lake and surrounding communities.

 

Aurora Post - Aurora is a 23 year old Ambassador Public Speaker for the Special Olympics Global Messenger Program. She received her ambassador training in December 2015 and has been an avid speaker ever since. She balances working part time and her ambassador role. Aurora has been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and seeks to show the ability in people with an intellectual challenges.

 

Michelle Baird-Grant -  Born in Nova Scotia, Canada, Michelle earned a Bachelor of Arts from Acadia University and has since earned an honorary degree in chaos management, motherhood, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and ADHD through an extensive, unpaid fellowship and on the job training.  When not fulfilling her role as a Household Engineer, Michelle enjoys reading, shopping, learning to play the piano, organizing social gatherings, serving in the community and at Church, and traveling to visit family.

 

Chase Harrison - Chase is a senior Music Production and Technology Major at Buena Vista University where he is an active member of the KBVU The Edge 97.5 team, the BVU Concert Band, and the BVU Jazz Ensemble. Chase is also a composer. Chase is an alumni of the highly competitive Disney College Program where he worked for Disney World in Orlando, FL. In addition telling a story for us, Chase is providing our musical entertainment.

 

Brandon Arkland - Brandon is a senior at Iowa State University, majoring in Child, Adult, and Family Services. He is currently on the Board of Directors of Autism Society of Iowa. Brandon is the co-chair of the Iowa Autism State Council. The council advises the state legislature and governor, producing topical reports.

 

Rebecca Bassich - Rebecca is 27 years old and the oldest of six children. She graduated from Buena Vista University with an Art degree in 2015 and currently resides in her hometown of Malvern, Iowa, with her mother, two siblings and Trixie, the family dog. Rebecca enjoys working within the exciting career field of public library services as the local Library Director for Malvern Public Library.

 

Leslie Franzmeier - Leslie is the Autism Strategist for Prairie Lakes AEA and a Special Education Consultant. She recieveed her Master of Arts from Morningside College and is a graduate of University of Northern Iowa. Leslie has been a Special Education Teacher for 30 years. She now advocates for services for children with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder. She is a grandmother to Cecelia, has two married children. Leslie’s husband farms.

 

Singer-Songwriter Chase Harrison performs at intermission.

 

Panelists - 3:15 p.m.

Additionally, a panel of experts will discuss access to services and other issues facing individuals and families, as well as explore potential solutions.

 

Gregory L. Kenyon – Services for Adults on the Spectrum, Special Education and Trust Accounts

Gregory L. Kenyon received his B.A. from Buena Vista College and Juris Doctorate from Drake University in 1978. He is a shareholder in the Des Moines firm Grandshaw, Fowler, Proctor & Fairgrave, P.C., where he focuses on the general practice of law with an emphasis on estate planning, wills, probate, trust and elder law.

 

Greg is the chair of the Iowa Bar Association Elder Law Section and serves on the Iowa Supreme Court Guardianship and Conservatorship Reform Task Force. He is a frequent speaker at Bar Association and professional continuing education programs on elder law, Title XIX (Medicaid) issues, guardian and conservatorship issues, estate planning and probate matters.

 

Daryl Beall - How We Approach Legislative Change

Daryl Beall was elected to the Iowa Senate in 2002 and reelected in 2006 and 2010, and has a proven track record of community service and legislation leadership and accomplishment.

 

Senator Beall has championed the causes of autism, veteran’s rights, mental health, education reform, safe schools, renewable energy (including wind power, biodiesel and ethanol), lakes and rivers restoration, skilled jobs creation and training, regional economic development, accessible and affordable health care, keeping children safe from predators and families protected from domestic violence.

 

He was often called “Iowa’s Ambassador” because of his extensive international relations and citizen diplomacy activities.

 

Changes in the Diagnosis of Autism and Tips on How to Access Services

 

Dr. Tsai received his medical degree from Taipei Medical University in Taiwan and completed his residency training in general psychiatry and fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of Iowa Hospitals. He has held academic and professional appointments at the University of Iowa College of Medicine, the University of Kansas School of Medicine, the University of Michigan Medical School and College of Literature, Science and the Arts, as well as the Oakland University School of Education and Human Servuces. He is the author of Taking the Mystery out of Medication in Autism/Asperger Syndromes and Raising our Son with Autism – A Family’s 40-Year Journey.

 

Dr. Tsai is a scholar, a researcher, a teacher, a father of a young man with autism, as well as a friend of individuals with autism and related disorders.

 

 

Check back for more information.