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Christy LaPaglia, President

Christy has been working in the field of special education as a teacher, consultant and an autism awareness educator for over 16 years. She was hired 12 years ago to be the teacher in the first classroom in a public school in Northeast Ohio designed specifically for children with autism.

Over the years, Christy has developed a quality and highly respected program for students with autism. Since then she has been asked by surrounding districts to help recreate similar programs in their own districts. Christy has been trained in many methodologies of educating students with autism including Miller method, Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), Greenspan's DIR model and Carol Gray's Social Stories, but her primary focus has been on the TEACCH (Treatment and Education of Autistic and related Communication Handicapped Children) methodology. Christy's classroom has served as a model TEACCH classroom and she most recently has been awarded the Franklin B. Walter Award for outstanding achievement in special education.

Christy has a Bachelor of Science Degree from Kent State University and a Masters in Curriculum and Design from Cleveland State University. Christy is currently employed by the Lake County Educational Service Center where she serves as Special Education Consultant for Lake and Geauga counties.