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Jennifer C. Townsend, M.Ed is an Educational Consultant with expertise in social emotional learning differences including autism spectrum disorder. She is also the Owner of Universal Access Consulting, LLC, a company that specializes in professional development and collaborative consultation. Over the past eighteen years Jen has worked in partnership with school districts to build capacity for educating students with autism spectrum disorder and related disabilities in the public school setting using best practices paired with appreciative inquiry coaching and universal designs for learning. She is the co-author for Social Emotional Engagement Knowledge and Skills (SEE-KS) to support this success. She comes to the field of education with experience in school-based programming, home-based programming, mental-health & well-being, trauma informed care, professional development, coaching, implementation of evidence based practices, and universal design for learning. She lectures across the nation and provides professional learning opportunities to support social emotional engagement. Jen has a Master's in Education from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland and received a postgraduate certification in Autism Spectrum Disorder from Johns Hopkins University and has her Director of Special Education and Pupil Services certification from the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire, and is an adjunct faculty member at Carroll University in WI. Jen is an active member in the field of education and believes that together we can go beyond just making a difference; we can be the difference.

Emily Rubin, MS, CCC-SLP is the Director of Communication Crossroads, Inc., a private practice specializing in the provision of professional development workshops. She is also the Director of the Educational Outreach Program at the Marcus Autism Center, an academic affiliate with Emory University and an NIH Autism Center of Excellence. She is a speech-language pathologist specializing in autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, and related social learning disabilities. As a former adjunct faculty member and lecturer at Yale University, she has served as a member of their Autism and Developmental Disabilities Clinic. She recently participated as a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s Ad Hoc Committee on Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), a committee charged with developing guidelines related to the role of speech-language pathologists in the diagnosis, assessment, and treatment of ASD. She is a co-author of SCERTS, a criterion referenced assessment tool and framework for social and emotional development. She lectures internationally and provides consultation to educational programs developing programs for social and emotional learning and engagement in the classroom setting.