2020 Presenter Bios

Kelly Fonner, M.S.

Kelly is a self-employed consultant and trainer in assistive and educational technology. Since 1986, she has presented to schools, universities & families in 48 US states & internationally in Australia, Canada and South Africa. She presents on a wide range of topics including technology integration, augmentative communication, computer access, literacy, electronic writing, organizers, assistive technology assessment and implementation strategies. Kelly has a B.S. in special education from Millersville University, an M.S. in educational technology with a minor in special education/rehabilitation technology from The Johns Hopkins University, and holds an Assistive Technology Applications Certificate of Learning from CA State University - Northridge. She has pursued additional study in adult and urban education at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.

Kelly has been working with individuals with disabilities since the mid 70's and with assistive technologies since 1983. Her teaching experiences have been as a teacher assistant, teacher, instructional media specialist, and assistive technology consultant in early childhood, preschool and school age programs. She worked 8 years as a consultant with PennTech, the statewide technology project supported by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Since 1999, Kelly has maintained an independent business with contract work in educational and assistive technology consultation and training with schools, families, agencies, and companies.

Kelly has consulted to university and adult programs concerning access to technology by college students and employees with disabilities. She has taught courses at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in both the Occupational Therapy and Exceptional Education departments and at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. She was a part of the development and training team for the ATACP, CSUN, California State University – Northridge’s Center on Disabilities. Kelly is on the training support team for several manufacturers in the assistive technology industry and has done consulting on several development projects. In addition to her professional affiliation with people with complex communication needs, Kelly has people in her personal life that use and have used assistive technologies, including augmentative communication, and this has molded and shaped her career and presentations over time. She firmly believes that information about this field is at its greatest value when represented from all perspectives.

J. Scott Yaruss, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-F, F-ASHA

J. Scott Yaruss is a Professor of Communicative Sciences and Disorders at Michigan State University. In addition to conducting research on the development of stuttering in young children, Dr. Yaruss has extensive experience working with children and adults who stutter in a wide variety of clinical settings. He has served on the board of directors of the National Stuttering Association and on the Steering Committee of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s Special Interest Division for Fluency Disorders. Dr. Yaruss frequently presents continuing education workshops to help speech-language pathologists feel more confident in their ability to help preschool and school-age children, adolescents, and adults who stutter. He has authored or coauthored more than 130 papers, articles, chapters, or booklets on stuttering. He is also co-author of the Overall Assessment of the Speaker’s Experience of Stuttering (OASES), as well as School-age Stuttering Therapy: A Practical Guide, Early Childhood Stuttering Therapy: A Practical Guide, Minimizing Bullying in Children Who Stutter, and other guides published by Stuttering Therapy Resources. (www.StutteringTherapyResources.com).

Disclosures

Financial:

  • Stuttering Therapy Resources (Company ownership and Royalties for OASES, various books on stuttering, and other materials)
  • MedBridge, Northern Speech Services (Continuing education workshops on stuttering)

Non-Financial

  • National Stuttering Association (Volunteer service)