Keynote Presentations

Keynote Speakers

Only videos that have been released by the speakers have been posted here.

The Inclusion Revolution: training for victory!

Friday, 14 June 2019 | 3:30–5:00 PM

Timothy Shriver, PhD
Chairman, Special Olympics International

Tim Shriver is the Chairman of Special Olympics International and serves with over six million Special Olympics athletes and their families in 174 countries. Since 1996, Shriver has led the evolution of Special Olympics from a sports organization for people with intellectual disabilities to a global movement for people with intellectual disabilities using sports and more for radical inclusion. Shriver is Chairman of the Board for CASEL (Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning), Advisory Board Member of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Co-Chair of Aspen National Commission on SEAD (Social, Emotional, Academic, Development), Founder of Inspiration Nation, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, President of the Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Foundation, and Co-Founder of Lovin’ Scoopful Ice Cream Company.


The Paralympic and Olympic Games: Convergence, Divergence, Stasis?

Saturday, 15 June 2019 | 9:00–10:00 AM

Rarick Memorial Lecture
David Legg
Past President of the Canadian Paralympic Committee

David Legg is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Health and Physical Education at Mount Royal University in Calgary. He is the Past President of the Canadian Paralympic Committee and past board member for the 2015 Pan Parapan American Games in Toronto. David has also served on the International Paralympic Committee’s Sport Science Committee and is incoming President of the International Federation of Adapted Physical Activity. More recently as a consultant, David worked with the Calgary BidCo for the 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Games. David is married to Julie (for over 20 years), lives in Cochrane, Alberta where is attempting to help raise three teenage sons and provide enthusiastic support for their varied interests ranging from bagpipes to paintball and truck renovations.


The Importance of Physical Activity and Active Therapies for People with Autism

Monday, 17 June 2019 | 9:00–10:00 AM

Thomas Frazier, PhD
Chief Science Officer, Autism Speaks

Dr. Frazier is a licensed clinical psychologist who received his Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University in 2004. He joined Cleveland Clinic in 2006 and from 2013-2017 was the director of the Cleveland Clinic Center for Autism. Over the last decade, Dr. Frazier’s research has focused on two areas: 1) using remote eye gaze tracking to improve early identification of autism, and 2) translational studies of the sub-group of autism associated with PTEN mutations. Over the last few years, he has published the first studies identifying remote eye tracking measures as predictive of autism risk and symptom levels and the first comprehensive characterization of patients with autism and PTEN mutations. Dr. Frazier joined Autism Speaks in April 2017 as Chief Science Officer.


Mini Keynote

Monday, 17 June 2019 | 1:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Micha Mazurek, PhD
Director, Supporting Transformative Autism Research (STAR), University of Virginia

Dr. Mazurek is an Associate Professor in the Department of Human Services at the Curry School of Educaton and Human Development. She is the Director of UVA's Supporting Transformative Autism Research (STAR) initiative. Mazurek has broad clinical experience in psychological assessment and intervention, with specific expertise in assessment and treatment of autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders. She has also been active in efforts to enhance quality of care through training, capacity-building, and development and dissemination of best-practice autism guidelines and toolkits.


Research in Physical Activity and Disability: Opportunities at NIH

Tuesday, 18 June 2019 | 9:00–10:00 AM

Alison Cernich, PhD
Director of the National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

Alison Cernich, Ph.D., serves as the Director of the National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research (NCMRR) at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health. She provides oversight for the portfolio of NCMRR and works within NIH to coordinate rehabilitation research. She serves on multiple interagency strategic planning committees and government oversight committees for major research initiatives in the federal government relevant to disability and rehabilitation research.