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Improving K-12 education for students on the autism spectrum in Montgomery County, MD

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If you are interested in joining or chairing a committee, please contact Sue Keisler or Jean Winegardner.

BIPOC Outreach Committee

The BIPOC Outreach Committee was formed in recognition of racial disparities among members of the autistic community, which have been caused by historical and institutional practices. This Committee seeks to both cultivate additional resources related to the educational outcomes of BIPOC students and to increase access by families of color, including Spanish–speaking families, to the resources and programming offered by xMind.

Chair:  Bonita Williams

Communications Committee

The Communications Committee produces all communications from xMinds to our membership, stakeholders, and the greater Montgomery County community.

Chair: Monica Martinez

Educator Support Committee

The Educator Support Committee promotes understanding among educators of how to successfully support autistic students.  We advance this goal by funding targeted trainings through xMinds Educator Grants and by other means.

Chair: Marci Skigen

Events Committee

The Events Committee organizes xMinds events, including regular speaker events, social events, and assists the Executive Committee in planning and executing the annual xMinds in MCPS forum.

Chair: Melissa Egan

Fundraising Committee

The Fundraising Committee organizes xMinds fundraising events, which include the annual Bike to the Beach, as well as other fundraising activities as needed from time to time

Co-Chairs: Marci Skigen and Sue Keisler

Nonspeaking Autistic Students Committee

The Nonspeaking Autistic Students Committee works to provide parents and educators of non– and minimally–speaking autistic students with beneficial resources and tools. 

Co-Chairs: Maria Ott and Gordy Baylinson

Parent Advocacy Committee

The Parent Advocacy Committee works to provide free resources and guidance to parents and caregivers, primarily through the xMinds website and the xMinds team of Volunteer Education Advocates. We also fund professional educational advocates to represent autistic students in foster care.

Chair: Sue Keisler

Spanish Language Outreach Committee

The Spanish Language Outreach Committee seeks to increase xMinds resources available in Spanish as well as to increase access to those resources by Spanish speaking families.  

Chair: Carolina Harp

Committee on Student Transitions to Adulthood

The Committee on Student Transitions seeks to provide xMinds resources and support for parents of autistic students who are planning their transition to life after high school.  

Chair: Jean Winegardner

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