Dr. Julie A. Donnelly
A unique combination of personal and professional experience.
- Ph.D. and Masters in Special Education
- trained in nonaversive behavior management by the Institute for Applied Behavior Analysis
- trained in conflict mediation
- over 26 years of teaching experience
- adjunct associate professor at the University of Missouri-Columbia and Columbia College
- former Senior Resource Specialist for Project ACCESS, Missouri's educational agency for autism
- Autism Resource Specialist for the Columbia Public Schools
- Julie and Jean-Paul made the keynote address to the Autism Society of America national conference 1996. Jean-Paul keynoted 2002.
- presentations at ASA national conferences 1991-2006
- consultations, workshops, presentations, and panels of individuals with autism at regional, national, and international conferences
- Jean-Paul and Julie organized the individuals with autism track of speakers for MAAP international conference on High-Functioning Autism, 1996 through 2006
- expert witness testimony on autism
- Numerous publications in autism and special educational professional journals.
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Dr. Donnelly frequently presents with her son, Jean-Paul Bovee. Jean-Paul was diagnosed as autistic when he was 3 years old, and at age 6, the Mayo Clinic diagnosed him as mentally retarded, advising that nothing could be done for the boy. Jean-Paul now has two masters degrees and is a Librarian, Information specialist and a Disability Rights activist. Jean-Paul was married in July of 2003 and he and his wife have a home in Kansas City. Julie and Jean-Paul share their experiences and their professional expertise in workshops and presentations separately, and as a mother/son team.
Jean-Paul Bovee is available for presentations and workshops on his life experience and autism and general disability related topics. He enjoys meeting parents and other individuals with autism to share his philosophy on advocacy and self-advocacy.
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