The Angelman Syndrome Foundation has developed a Communication Advisory Committee (CAC) committed to helping all individuals with Angelman syndrome improve their communication skills.

The CAC is made up of eight Angelman Syndrome, education and communication industry experts. The team will work toward two major goals: to define high-priority areas of AS communication research for funding, and attract new professionals to explore AS communication research. The CAC will develop a strategic plan for use by the ASF Board of Directors and Scientific Advisory Committee to guide the review and funding of communication research proposals.

The CAC will:

  • Consider all ways that individuals with AS of all ages and genetic subtypes communicate, from pre-symbolic to symbolic.
  • Identify the role of communication/interaction partners (e.g. parents, siblings, classmates, teachers, employers) in helping develop communication skills in a variety of settings.
  • Consider all aspects of communication – receptive, expressive, reading and writing, functional communication, social and practical skills.
  • Evaluate new technology and devices for improving communication skills for individuals with AS.
  • Provide guidance to the ASF Scientific Advisory Committee for communication research proposals.

Meet the CAC Members

Dan Harvey, PhD CAC Chair

Dan Harvey was appointed to the ASF Board of Directors in 2012, and chairs the ASF Scientific Advisory Committee and…

Stephen Calculator, PhD

Stephen Calculator was appointed to the ASF Scientific Advisory Committee in 2008 and most recently selected as a member of…

Jane Summers, PhD

Jane Summers was appointed to the ASF Scientific Advisory Committee in 2006 and will bring her expertise to the Communications…

Erin Sheldon, M.Ed

Erin Sheldon earned her graduate degree studying the educational needs of students with Angelman syndrome. Erin conducts professional development workshops…

Penelope Hatch, Ph.D.

Penny Hatch is a Research Assistant Professor for the Center for Literacy and Disability Studies (CLDS) at the University of…

Carole Zangari, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Carole Zangari is a Speech Language Pathology (SLP) faculty member in the College of Health Care Sciences at Nova Southeastern…

Rose Sevcik, Ph.D.

Rose Sevcik is a Professor of Psychology at Georgia State University where she specializes in communication, language, and reading development;…

Courtney Castelli, EdS

Courtney Castelli is a dedicated mom, wife and educator. Courtney has spent eighteen years in the field of education both…