About Us

Fran Pollock Prezant, M.Ed., CCC-SLP is a disability consultant, speaker and author who served as a Senior Vice President and Director of Research and Evaluation at Abilities! in New York, and teaching faculty and former Director of the Parent Information Project at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Trained as a speech and language pathologist, she also has expertise as a parent trainer, program director, university instructor, researcher, grant writer/administrator, and author in the disability arena. In addition, she has research interests in disability representation in children’s books and films.  She is a member and advisory member of several NY based organizations that focus on disability access to the arts and cultural institutions.Fran is also a reviewer for the Dolly Gray Children’s Book awards to be presented in November 2013 by the National Council for Exceptional Children.Fran is currently teaching in the faculty at Montclair State University where she served as a host site in 2013 for the nationally expanding Reelabilities: NY Disability Film Festival promoting appreciation of the lives, stories and talents of people with disabilities worldwide.

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Contact Fran Prezant
Disability Consultant, Author and Speaker
Phone: 516-375-6244


Laura Marshak is a Professor of Counseling at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  She teaches in the graduate program that prepares both school and community counselors. In addition, she is a licensed psychologist and is a founding partner of North Hills Psychological Services P.C.  She works with people on a range of issues but specializes in working with parents of children with disabilities, individually and in couples counseling. She is also the professional advisor to the Friendship Circle of Pittsburgh, an inclusion group. Further details of her work are available on her vitae available on a separate page on this website. 

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Contact Laura Marshak
Professor, Department of Counseling at IUP
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Department of Counseling
1175 Maple Street
206 Stouffer Hall
Indiana, PA 15705

Phone: 412-367-1481 x2

Alternate Web Address: www.iup.edu/marshak