Autism2Ability’s multidisciplinary team of professionals developed our online learning and communication curriculum based on the best scientific research, nationally recognized best practices, surveys, and informal discussions with parents, physicians and educators.
Abigail Baxter- Ph.D.
Dr. Baxter is a Professor of Special Education in the Department of Leadership and Teacher Education and Director of Graduate Studies and Research for the College of Education at the University of South Alabama. Baxter has an A.B. in Psychology/Sociology, an M.A. in Clinical and Community Psychology and a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology/Developmental Assessment. Her areas of interest are developing family centered early intervention models, language development in children with developmental delays, adequately training individuals to work with young children with special needs, and parents’ relationships with children with disabilities. Dr. Baxter has been published so many times they are too numerous to name. She has been a part of many grants both funded and unfunded and her conference presentations are quite impressive. Her teaching experience is both in the Undergraduate and Graduate level. She has served on multiple doctoral dissertations, educational specialist, master’s thesis, and undergraduate honors program research committees. Her professional service spans twenty years and her personal affiliations are at the national, state and local levels.
Honors and awards list her as the Mobile ARC Distinguished Community Service Award: Project CHOICES in 2012 and as the 2000 Mentor of the Year Alabama Early Intervention and Preschool Conference.
Elisa Miller, MS, OTR/L
Mrs. Elisa Miller currently serves on the Research Team for Autism2Ability, Inc. She also provides occupational therapy services at RehabWorks in Opelika, Alabama as well as in local Auburn area school systems. Mrs. Miller also provides occupational therapy services for children who are participants in feeding and augmentative communication technology clinics through Children’s Rehabilitation Services. She has provided therapy for individuals with autism spectrum disorder for nine years. Her treatment focuses on evaluating each child individually, developing a treatment plan for individuals or groups, assisting parents in implementing home programs, and mentoring current and future professionals working with individuals with ASD. Mrs. Miller has expertise in sensory processing disorders through continuing education including The Ready Approach, Therapeutic Listening, the SOS (Sequential Oral Sensory) Approach to feeding, Beckman Oral Motor training, Handwriting Without Tears training, and others. She has been a guest speaker with focus on sensory processing issues to Auburn University Master’s programs, Georgia Early Intervention providers, and the Child Enhancement with a Purpose Project, among others.
Mrs. Miller holds a Master’s of Science Degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in occupational therapy. She received her Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Psychology from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama.
Leigh (C.) Sayers, MSC., CCC-SLP
Alabama Board of Examiners for Speech Pathology/Audiology License # 1130
Sayers currently serves on the Research Team for Autism2Ability, Inc. She also provides speech-language therapy services at RehabWorks, a program at East Alabama Medical Center, in Opelika, Alabama. Mrs. Sayers conducts evaluations and provides outpatient speech therapy services for children referred by physicians and concerned parents. She has provided therapy for individuals with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities for 28 years. Her clinical experience has included providing speech-language therapy services in public schools, University and medical settings, and in private practice. Mrs. Sayers prepared future professionals in her field as a clinical instructor and supervisor for graduate and undergraduate students in the Department of Communication Disorders at Auburn University. She also monitored and reviewed clinical practicum requirements for the American Speech and Hearing Association and served on the Alabama State Department of Education Speech-Language Task Force. Mrs. Sayers has expertise in assistive technology providing (a) assistive technology evaluations and services, and (b) programming and maintenance of assistive technology and augmentative communication devices.
Sayers holds a Master’s of Speech Communications from Auburn University in Auburn Alabama and has holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology. She received her Bachelors of Science Degree in Education from Auburn University.
Julia Starr M.S., BCBA
Julia Starr received both her Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and Psychology (2005) and her Masters of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis/Developmental Disabilities (2006) degrees from Auburn University and her Florida Teacher Certification in Innovative Learning from the University of West Florida (2010). She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and is currently the Program Director and Teacher at Woody’s Song School, a Program of the Learning Tree in Mobile, AL where she completes assessments needed for education and language (Brigance, ABLLS-R, AFLS) and is responsible for writing, implementing, and training Individualized Education Programs (IEPs), behavior reduction procedures, and acquisition programs. In her role as teacher there, Julia functioned as a clinical supervisor for practicum students and as an instructor with a multitude of students with varying educational and behavioral needs. She also served as an Adjunct Professor of the BCaBA certification program at the University of South Alabama during the 2009, 2011, and 2013 summer semesters. For her practicum work for her Master’s degree, Julia worked as a Behavior Program Monitor and a Case Manager at The Learning Tree, as a School Consultant at Lee County School Systems, as a Family Support Worker for the Department of Human Resources in Lee County AL, a Behavioral Consultant for the Macon County Center for Retardation and Volunteers of America in AL, and as a member of the East Alabama Mental Health Center Direct Care Staff. Julia is a member of the Alabama Association for Behavior Analysts (ALABA) and the Association for Professional Behavior Analysts (APBA).
Jennifer Williams, M.S., BCBA
Jennifer received her undergraduate degree in Psychology and my master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Auburn University from 2000-2005. She began working in the field of intellectual disabilities in undergraduate school as an in-home therapist for children with Autism. She then worked for East Alabama Mental Health as a program director for adults diagnosed with intellectual disability and mental illness. After graduate school she moved to Mobile, Alabama and worked at the Learning Tree, Inc. for 8 years serving as a Behavior Analyst, Coordinator of Behavioral Services, and Regional Director. Jennifer currently works for the Mobile County Public School System as the Behavior Specialist Manager.
Daphne, Alabama native. Graduated from Auburn University with a B.A. in Psychology and an M.S. in Behavior Analysis. Worked for several residential placement sites in Alabama and home-based intervention in Tennessee for a military base. Gained experience working in a “non-vocal” classroom where students communicated with devices, signs, pictures and gestures. Started with Mobile County Public Schools in 2014. Enjoy the outdoors and working in the home workshop.
Ray Miller, Chief Executive Officer
Ray has more than 35 years of extensive sales and marketing experience in diverse industries. The breadth of Ray’s experience contributes solidly to his ability to develop, implement, and execute strategies that focus on growth. He has led businesses in start-up and growth mode and has led the development of new products and new markets within established businesses. In every circumstance, he has led sales and marketing teams and defined distribution channels that resulted in measurable revenue and profitable increases. Ray has been instrumental in the formation of Autism2Ability, Inc., as a non-profit corporation with 501(c)(3) status from the IRS. He is a graduate of the University of Alabama with a B. A. in English. Ray currently serves as a Trustee and Secretary for the National Maritime Museum of the Gulf of Mexico. He has been designated by The Secretary of Commerce as a Member of the Alabama District Export Council. Ray is a member of the Advisory Board for the Blackburn Institute at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. The Blackburn Institute is a leadership development and civic engagement program with a focus on improving the quality of life for all Alabamians.