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Keynote Speakers

Visions of Community 2017
Saturday, March 4, 2017
Seaport World Trade Center, Boston

Dr. Paula Kluth

Paula Kluth photographed in Oak Park, IL © Todd Rosenberg photography 2007

Dr. Paula Kluth is a consultant, author, advocate, and independent scholar who works with teachers and families to provide inclusive opportunities for students with disabilities and to create more responsive and engaging schooling experiences for all learners. Paula is a former special educator who has served as a classroom teacher and inclusion facilitator. Her professional interests include differentiating instruction and inclusive schooling. She is the author or co-author of more than 15 books and products including: “From Text Maps to Memory Caps”: 100 Ways to Differentiate Instruction in K-12 Inclusive Classrooms, “Don’t We Already Do Inclusion?”: 100 Ways to Improve Inclusive Schools, “You’re Going to Love This Kid”: Teaching Students with Autism in Inclusive Classrooms, Joyful Learning: Active and Collaborative Learning in the Inclusive Classroom, A Land We Can Share: Teaching Literacy to Students with Autism, and “The Autism Checklist”: A Practical Reference for Parents and Teachers. Paula is also the director of a documentary film titled “We Thought You’d Never Ask”: Voices of People with AutismFor more information visit PaulaKluth.com

Brennan Srisirikul

brennan_srisirikulBrennan Srisirikul is a singer, actor and a self-proclaimed roller. He was born in Bangkok, Thailand and grew up in Fairhaven, Massachusetts. At birth, he was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy requiring him to use a wheelchair. At the age of five, he got his first pair of forearm crutches, allowing him to see the world in a whole new way and even walk short distances! For several years he participated in acting lessons at a local summer camp and began studying voice when he was nine. He was bitten by the acting bug when he played Bill Bobstay in a middle school production of HMS Pinafore. In May of 2013, Brennan graduated from Rhode Island College where he earned a BA in  Theatre with a concentration in Musical Theatre.  Another highlight of Brennan’s college career was recording ensemble/audience vocals for the song “No Time at All” for the new Broadway cast recording of Pippin, alongside Tony award winner Andrea Martin. Brennan’s one man show, In My Own Little Corner has been seen at the iconic Metropolitan Room in NYC. In addition to being a performer, Brennan is also a motivational speaker. He recently spoke at the Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity in Honolulu, Hawaii. Some may consider Brennan to be handicapped however, he considers himself to be handi-capable.  Brennan also considers himself differently-abled rather than disabled. For more information visit BrennanSrisirikul.com