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Track 3 to WIT 2014

Speakers


  • Catherine Boyle is the president of Autism Housing Pathways, a non-profit that works to connect individuals with disabilities and their families with housing options, and to innovate new options. She is on the advisory board of 3LPlace, and the board of Community4Each, both of which are working on creative community opportunities for adults with autism. Catherine is a commissioner of the Winchester Housing Authority (WHA), and is the WHA’s representative to the Winchester Housing Partnership Board. She is the former chairperson of the Winchester Special Education Parent Advisory Council, and served on the Consultative Committee of the Office for Persons with Disabilities of the Archdiocese of Boston.  

  • Marianne DiBlasi was born with a disability, Spina Bifida, which rendered her legs partially paralyzed. She grew up and still lives in Winchester. Marianne is the president of Disability Visibility, a consulting, training, and coaching company that helps organizations enhance communication skills, value differences, and leverage the unique contributions of their disabled employees. She is also the editor of Disability Issues, a quarterly newsletter devoted to providing disabled individuals, their families, and advocates with relevant information to improve their quality of life. Prior to founding Disability Visibility, Marianne worked in corporate America for 22 years in various human resources, sales and marketing positions.

  • Francine Stieglitz is the president of the Boston chapter of the Association of Late-Deafened Adults (ALDA Boston), an inclusive organization that provides information, support and social enrichment for all those with hearing loss. In 2013, she received the Fearless Leader award from the national organization in recognition of her work in advocating for and supporting the needs of the hard of hearing/deaf community. She is also on the board of the Central Middlesex affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and is a member of the Lexington Commission on Disability. She retired from Boston University, where she taught English to international students.

  • The True Story Theater's mission is to promote social healing by listening deeply to people’s stories and transforming them spontaneously into theater. They create a respectful atmosphere where every voice can be heard and any story told — however ordinary or extraordinary, difficult or joyful. True Story Theater presents fresh perspectives, deeper connections, and a renewed appreciation for our common humanity.