Vitae of Fran Prezant M.Ed.,CCC-SLP

CONTACTFran Prezant Vitae

email: fprezant@gmail.com
phone: 516-375-6244

 

EDUCATION

1975 Master of Education: Speech and Language Pathology. Northeastern University, Boston, MA

1974 Bachelor of Arts: Speech and Hearing Science, Queens College, City University of New York, NY

 

CERTIFICATION

Certificate of Clinical Competence – American Speech, Language and Hearing Association. Awarded 1976

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Abilities! (National Center for Disability Services ) Albertson, NY Senior Vice President Abilities USA (2007-2011 )Director, Research and Evaluation (2003 – 2011)  Continuing Education Administrator (ASHA), Director, Arts and Cultural Initiatives Project (2001-2004) Project Director, Employment and Technology Project (1999 – 2001)

2006 Montclair State University, Montclair, New Jersey Adjunct Instructor in Communication Disorders- Special Education: A Communication Sciences Approach

1999 Queens College, City University of New York Flushing, NY Adjunct Instructor – Special Education- Working with Families of Children with Disabilities

1987-1999 Indiana University of Pennsylvania Department of Special Education and Clinical Services Indiana, PA Director, Parent Information Project (1990 – 1999) Co-Director, Teacher Preparation Grant (1996 – 1999) Instructor, Education of the Exceptional and Speech-Language Pathology Clinical Supervisor-Speech and Hearing Clinic (1987 – 1999)

1986-1987 Lamar County Department of Special Education Lamar County, MS Supervisory Speech and Language Pathologist, Developmentally Delayed Preschool Program

1982-1984 William Carey College Hattiesburg, MS Adjunct Instructor, Special Education 1982-1984 State Department of Education Hattiesburg, MS State Examiner, Hattiesburg Learning Resource Center

1982-1984 Hub City Home Health Care of Mississippi Hattiesburg, MS Speech and Language Pathologist

1976-1981 Children’s Beach House Lewes, DE.  Supervisory Speech and Language Pathologist, CFY Supervisor–school program for children with severe learning, language and emotional disabilities

1977 University of Delaware, Georgetown Campus Georgetown, DE Adjunct Instructor, Department of Special Education

1977 Easter Seals Rehabilitation Center Georgetown, DE Speech and Language Pathologist

1975-1976 Hamilton-Wenham School District Hamilton, MA Speech and Language Pathologist

 

RECENT CONSULTANT ACTIVITIES

2010 Down Syndrome Society, Norman, OK Parent Workshop: Marriage, Stress and Coping for Parents of Children with Disabilities

2007 ABOARD, Pittsburgh, PA Parent Workshop: Marriage, Stress and Coping for Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

2005 South Street Seaport Museum, NY, NY Educator and Docent Training: “Considering the Needs of Visitors with Disabilities”

2005 Liberty Science Center, Jersey City, NJ Staff and Director Training: “Considering the Needs of Visitors with Disabilities” 2004 Museum of Modern Art, NY, NY Educator Training: “Considering Needs of Students with Disabilities in School Outreach Programs”

2003 Morris Museum, Morristown, New Jersey Staff Training: “Considering the Needs of Visitors with Disabilities”

2003 Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, NY Docent Training: “Including Visitors with Disabilities”

1999 Guggenheim Museum, NY, NY Staff Trainings: “Welcoming Visitors with Disabilities”

2000 Long Island Children’s Museum, Garden City, NY Staff Trainings: “Museum Guests with Disabilities”

1999 Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Department of Special Education, Indiana, PA Teacher Preparation Grant, Guest Speaker and Consultant

 

GRANTS FUNDED

2007 Proposal Developer/Program Evaluator, Learn and Earn Project A community college support program for students with physical and other disabilities. Replication of an Abilities! program in NY A collaboration between Abilities, Inc. and Hudson County Community College, Jersey City, NJ The Henry H. Kessler Foundation. $483,000

2005 Proposal Developer / Program Evaluator, A Functional Approach to Workplace Accommodations- develop web based module to increase awareness about assistive technology accommodations in the workplace in conjunction with the Kornreich Technology Center and National Business and Disability Council of Abilities! (formerly National Center for Disability Services) The NEC Foundation. $40,000

2005 Proposal Developer/ Program Evaluator, Laboratory Assistant Training Program: New Jersey based program to replicate Abilities! Training program to employ adults with disabilities in pharmaceutical, clinical, environmental and research lab programs. A collaborative project between Abilities!-Albertson, NY and the JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Center-Edison, NJ. The Henry Kessler Foundation. $491,000

2005 Proposal Developer, Adult Learning Services Literacy Program Additional software for employment training for individuals with disabilities at Abilities!- Albertson , NY Dollar General Foundation. $5,000.

2005 Proposal Developer/Program Evaluator, Learn and Earn Expansion Facilitates recruitment and retention of second year community college students with learning disabilities at Nassau Community and Queensborough Community Colleges through support programs provided by Abilities! The Lumina Foundation. $220,000

2005 Director, Community Connections: Past and Present To increase access to Lower East Side Tenement Museum tour for students with severe physical disabilities through 2 way interactive broadcasting from Manhattan site to school on Long Island. Inclusion of neighborhood children without disabilities to foster inclusive environment. Teaching Tolerance Foundation of the Southern Poverty Law Center. $2,000

2004 Director, Welcoming New Audiences: Connecting People with Disabilities to Museums and Cultural Organizations-A collaboration between National Center for Disability Services, South Street Seaport, Queens Museum of Art and Nassau County Museum of Art. Altria Foundation. $25,000

2003 Director, Increasing Access to Sculpture Garden: National Center for Disability Services and Nassau County Museum of Art National Endowment for the Arts. $20,000.

2002 Director, Arts and Cultures Grant: Mime, Mask, and Fables Minigrant to administer Artist in Residence Program integrating children with and without disabilities. Long Island Arts Council. $1,500.

1997-2000 Director, Parent Networks Grant Outreach information and training to parents of children with disabilities in Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council. $48,000 (1997-1998) $24,000 (1999 renewal).

1997-2000 Director, Teacher Preparation Grant Enhancement of information on special needs received by pre-service educators at Indiana University of Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council. $149,049 (1996-1998), $75,000 (1998-1999), $116,000 (1999-2000) (Co-Directors, Drs. Susan Glor-Scheib and Joseph Domaracki). 1995-1996 Director, Parents as Change Agents To provide information and training to parents of children with special health related disabilities. Pennsylvania Department of Health, $40,000

1995 Director, The Sensitization Project: Increasing Awareness About Differences Identification and donation of children’s books in school libraries in Pennsylvania. Accompanied by hands on activities designed to sensitize. Ronald McDonalds Children’s Charities, $10,000.

1994 Director, Partnerships with Informed Others To provide “mentor parents” to assist parents of children with special needs at school based meetings. Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council, $17,500. 1993 Director, Legislative Initiative Award Parent training, information, support and collaboration with professionals regarding disability issues in children. Pennsylvania Dept. of Community Affairs sponsored by U.S. Congressman John P. Murtha, $50,000.

1993 Director, Collective Advocacy: Sensitization Project One year grant to sensitize children, parents and teachers to disability related issues, Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council, $13,500. 1993 Director, Lend ‘n Learn-School Expansion One year grant to place disability related books in school libraries. Ronald McDonald Children’s Charities, $2,000.

1993 Director, Mini Money Award For duplication and materials for training parents of children with disabilities. Parent Information Network, $500.

1990-1996 Director, Parent Information Project Initial grant and renewals to Establish, expand and maintain resource information, advocacy, training, support and linkages for families of children with special needs, Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council, $68,000(1990-1991), $14,000 renewal (1992-1993), $56,000 renewal (1993-1994), $29,000 renewal (1995-1996).

1992 Director, Lend ‘n Learn To purchase children’s literature on disability related issues for local public libraries. Ronald McDonald Children’s Charities, $2,000.

1992 Director, Collective Advocacy for Attention Deficit Disorder One year grant to provide inservice workshops on attention deficit disorder for classroom teachers. Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council $12,000.

 

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS AND HONORS

Exceptional Parent Magazine-10 Best Parent Books of 2007 for “Married with Special Needs Children”

iMedia Parenting Award-Best 2007 books for “Married with Special Needs Children”

Invited guest- First International Conference on Children with Disabilities- Doha, Qatar (May 2006)

Steering Committee member – New York Museum Access Consortium (2000- present)

American Association of Museums member (2002- )

Society for Disability Studies member (2001-present)

Distinguished Faculty Award for Service – Indiana University of Pennsylvania (1999)

Sponsored Programs Award for Service-Graduate School, Indiana University of Pennsylvania (1999)

Council for Exceptional Children member (1990-present)

American Speech, Language and Hearing Association member(1974-present)

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT:

Museum Access Consortium, NYC (2001- present)

Member, Local Interagency Coordinating Council, Indiana, PA (1994-1999) Member, Right to Education Task Force, Indiana PA (1988-1999)

Member, ICW Employment Advisory Council, Indiana, PA (1994-1999)

Co-Chair, Annual Indiana Abilities Fair Committee (1995-1999)

Member, ARIN IU#28 Transition Council (1995-1999)

Member, Community Living and Learning Board of Directors (1998-1999)

 

PUBLICATIONS

Books

Prezant, F. and Marshak, L. (2010) Dr. Vermeij’s Conch Quest: AuthorHouse

Marshak.,L, Prezant,F, Dandenau,C.,L’Amoreaux.(2009) The School counselor’s guide to effectively helping students with disabilities: Practicalities and possibilities: Jossey Bass

Marshak, L., Seligman, M. & Prezant, F. (1999). Disability and the Family Life Cycle. Basic Books, NY. 322 pp.

Marshak, L. & Prezant, F. (2007) Married with Special Needs Children: A Couples Guide to Staying Connected. Woodbine House, MD 325 pp

Peer reviewed journal articles

Prezant, F., Marshak, L. (2006). Helpful Actions seen through the Eyes of Parents of Children with Disabilities. Disability and Society. 21(1).

Fossey, M., Asuncion,J., Fichten, C., Robillard,C., Barile,M., Amsel,R., Prezant,F., Morabito,S. (2005). Development and Validation of the Accessibility of Campus Computing for Students with Disabilities Scale (ACCSDS): Service Providers’ Perspective. Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability, 18,(1), Winter 2005.

Michaels, C., Prezant, F., Morabito, S., Jackson, K. (2001). Assistive and Instructional Technology for College Students with Disabilities: A National Snapshot of Postsecondary Service Providers. Journal of Special Education Technology. 17 (1), Winter 2002.

Other journals, institutional reports, news media

Richner, N., Prezant,F., Rosen, P. (July/August 2006) All Access Pass: Making a Small Museum Disabled-Friendly MUSEUM News, pp 38-41 American Association of Museums. Washington DC

Rodriguez, A. & Prezant, F. (2002). Better Interviews for People with Disabilities. Workforce, CA

Prezant, F. & Rodriguez, A. (2002). A Success Story- Morgan Stanley Dean Witter and Dirk Hohenkirk. NBDC Review, 6, 3-4 Rodriguez, A. & Prezant, F. (July, 2002)

Study Looks at Employment of Assistive Tech Users. Able News, NY

Prezant, F. & Rodriguez, A. (2002). Assistive Technology and Employment: Critical Factors and Barriers to the Employment Success of Individuals with Severe Disabilities: A Snapshot of Individual Perspectives. National Center for Disability Services, NY

Prezant, F. & Rodriguez, A. (2001). Duct Tape and Other Types of Assistive Technology. NBDC Review, 10, 3-9.

Prezant, F., (2000). Assistive Technology and Employment of Individuals with Significant Disabilities. NBDC News, Fall 2000, p. 3

Prezant, F. (2000). Assistive Technology and the World of Work. The Centerpiece, Fall, 10-12.

 

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

Marshak,L., Prezant, F. and Dandenau,C .(April, 2010). Facilitating the Vocational Self-Concept of Young Children with Disabilities. CEC Annual Convention. Nashville, TN.

McCord, K. and Prezant, F. (April, 2010). Perspectives on Working with Music Teaching Artists. CEC Annual Convention. Nashville, TN.

Marshak,L. and Prezant, F. (April, 2009). Facilitating Positive Outcomes for Students: Impacts of Children’s Disabilities on Marriage/Family Structure. CEC Annual Convention. Seattle, WA.

Prezant, F., McCord, K. and Rogers, L. (April, 2009). Access to Music for Students with Physical Disabilities. CEC Annual Convention. Seattle, WA.

Marshak,L. and Prezant, F. (April, 2008). Marriage and Families of Children with Disabilities. Pacific Rim Conference on Disabilities. Honolulu, HI.

Prezant, F. and Rogers, P. ( September 2007). Case Studies in Multimodal Approaches to Arts Access. Art Beyond Sight International Conference: Multimodal approaches to Learning, Creativity and Communication. New York

Prezant, F., Campbell, M., Cruse, S. ( October 2007) Innovative Transition to College for students with learning disabilities: Learn and Earn. Division of Career Development and Transition International Conference. Orlando, FL

Marshak, L. and Prezant, F. ( October 2007) Couples with Children at Risk. Allergy and Asthma Information Association and Ottawa Anaphylaxis Support Group. Ottawa, Canada

Marshak, L. and Prezant, F. (October 2006). Strengthening Marriages: Parents of Children with Disabilities. International Family Therapy Association World Congress, Reykjavik, Iceland

Marshak, L. and Prezant, F. (April, 2006). Developing Vocational Self Concepts in Children with disabilities. CEC Annual Convention, Salt Lake City, UT

Prezant, F. and Rosen, P. (April, 2004). Increasing Access to Art for Students with Severe Physical Disabilities. CEC Annual Convention, New Orleans, LA.

Glor-Scheib, S. and Prezant, F. ( April 2003). Family Voice in Teacher Education: Students Describe Its Impact. CEC Annual Convention, Seattle, WA.

Prezant, F., Rosen, P. (February 2003). Facilitating Art Programs for Children and Adults with Disabilities. Presented at The Brooklyn Arts Council, Inc.

Forlorney, R., Kacen, K., McGinnis, R., Prezant, F., Rosenberg, R., Stern, S. (May 2002). Museum Collaboration for Effective Access. Panel presentation, New York Museum Educators Roundtable, New York, NY.

Prezant, F. & Marshak, L. (April 2002). Helpful Actions As Seen Through the Eyes of Parents of Children with Disabilities. Presented at the Annual Convention of The Council for Exceptional Children, New York, NY.

Prezant, F., Cooke, A., Bauman, H. (April 2002). Assistive Technology in Action II. Panel presentation at annual meeting of the National Business & Disability Council Conference, Orlando, FL

Prezant, F. & Rodriguez, A. (April 2001). Critical Factors in the Employment of Assistive Technology Users: Implications for Educators. Presented at the Annual Convention and Expo of the Council for Exceptional Children, Kansas City MO.

Jackson, K., Michaels, C., & Prezant, F. (July 2001). Does Technology Use on College Campuses Consider the Needs of Students with Disabilities? The Results of a NCDS and AHEAD Survey of DSS Professionals. Presented at the Fourth International Conference on Higher Education and Disability, Innsbruck Austria.

Morabito, S., Prezant, F., Michaels, C., & Jackson, K. (July 2001). Assistive and Instructional Technology for College Students with Disabilities: A National Snapshot. Lecture presented at Association on Higher Education and Disability Annual Council, Portland, OR.

Rodriguez, A., & Prezant, F. (July 2001). Successful Employment of Individuals with Significant Disabilities Who Use Assistive Technology. Poster session presentation at the Association on Higher Education and Disability Annual Conference, Portland, OR.

Prezant, F. (2000, December). Critical Factors in the Employment of AT Users With Significant Disabilities. Poster session presented at Annual TASH Conference. Miami, FL

Prezant, F., Homme, J., Cooke, A., Hohenkirk, D., Parra, M. (October, 2000). Assistive Technology in Action: Personal Perspectives in Corporate Settings. Panel presentation at annual meeting of the National Business & Disability Conference, New York, NY.

Glor-Scheib, S., Prezant, F., & Filitske, L. (2000, April). Promoting Inclusion Perspectives Among Preservice Educators: A Multifaceted Model of Teacher Education. Poster session presented at the Special Education World Congress. Vancouver, BC.

Glor-Scheib, S., Prezant, F. & Filitske, L. (2000, April). Supporting Local Innovative Programs Which Promote Inclusion: Mini-grant Monies Well Spent. Poster session presented at the annual conference of the Council for Exceptional Children. Vancouver, BC

Marshak, L. & Prezant, F., (2000, April). Needles in a Haystack: Books that Develop Children’s Vocational Self-Concepts. Poster session presented at the annual Meeting of the Council for Exceptional Children. Vancouver, BC.

Prezant, F., Marshak, L, Filitske, L., Angelo, J., & Angelo, J. (April, 2000). Learning From the Inside Out: Personal and Professional Perspectives on Transition/Career Development. Panel presentation at the annual meeting of the Council for Exceptional Children Conference. Vancouver, BC.

Prezant, F. & Filitske, L., (1999, November). Changing Role of Parent Perspectives in Preservice Preparation Programs. Poster session presented at the annual conference of the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association. San Francisco, CA.

Klein, D., Prezant, F. & Filitske,L., (1999, November). Shared Knowledge for Partners in Communication: Parent + Student + Teacher +SLP. Poster session presented at the annual conference of the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association. San Francisco, CA.

Prezant, F., & Marshak, L., (1999, April). The Power of Educators to Affect Parental Expectations of their Child’s Future. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Council for Exceptional Children, Charlotte, NC.

Prezant,F., Filitske,L., Telthorster,B., Strawcutter,L., Glor-Scheib,S., & Domaracki, J., (1999, April)). What Educators Can Learn From Parents: Using Parent Perspectives in Preservice Preparation. Panel presentation presented at annual meeting of The Council for Exceptional Children, Charlotte, NC.

Domaracki, J., Prezant, F., Glor-Scheib,S., & Filitske,L. (1999, April). An Analysis of Attitudes towards the Inclusion of Students with Disabilities in General Education Classrooms of Preservice Professionals. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of The Council for Exceptional Children, Charlotte, NC.

Klein, D., Prezant, F., & Filitske, L. (1998, November). Parent Empowerment: Preservice teacher to the rescue! Poster session presented at the meeting of the New York State Association of the Educators for the Deaf, Saratoga Springs, NY

Prezant, F., Filitske, L., Glor-Scheib,S.,& Domaracki, J. (1998, April). Using parent perspectives to enhance preservice teacher preparation programs. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of The Council for Exceptional Children, Minneapolis, MN.

Marshak, L., Prezant,F., Seligman, M. & Cerrone, P. (1997, April). Facilitating futures: Specific professional actions viewed by families as helpful or obstructive. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of The Council for Exceptional Children, Salt Lake City, UT

Glor-Scheib, S. Domaracki, J., & Prezant, F. (1997, November) Making changes in higher education: Data based decision making. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Pennsylvania Federation of the Council of Exceptional Children, Harrisburg, PA.

Prezant, F., & Filitske,L. (1996, March ). Parent-professional collaboration strategies to facilitate transition for children with disabilities. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Pennsylvania Speech, Language and Hearing Association, Harrisburg, PA.

Prezant, F. & Filitske, L. (1994, November). Diversity awareness as a vehicle for sensitization to disability issues. Presented at the annual meeting of the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association, New Orleans, LA.

Prezant, F. (1994, November ). Attention deficit disorder: Interaction with language processing and implications for speech-language pathologists. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association, New Orleans, LA.

Prezant, F., Borman & Walker, G. (1991, November). Parent perceptions of professionals and educational services. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association, Atlanta, GA.

Prezant, F., Walker, G. & Filitske, F. (1991, November). Parent perceptions of interactions with professionals. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Pennsylvania Federation of the Council for Exceptional Children, Harrisburg, PA.

Wilson, R., Littlefield, B., Prezant, F & Abbott, D (1977, April). An alternative educational program for children with severe learning and emotional problems. Paper presented at the annual Delaware Council for Exceptional Children, Dover, DE.

 

COMMUNITY SERVICE/EDUCATION INSERVICE WORKSHOPS CONDUCTED

2005 Access for All: Successful Planning and Accessible Programs. The Foundation Center, NY, NY. Panel presentation on collaboration between nonprofits, funders and cultural Institutions. Co presenters South Street Seaport Museum and Lavelle Foundation for Blind

2003 Art Programming for Children with Disabilities. Brooklyn Arts Council, Brooklyn, NY 1998 Inclusion in early childhood. National Association of Educators of Young Children. Student Chapter, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

1998 Including Students with disabilities in science and mathematics. Co-presenter Kent Jackson, PhD. Ligonier Valley Schools Inservice, Ligonier, PA

1997 Mathematics and students with special needs: A parent perspective. Western Pennsylvania Regional Math Conference. Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA

1997 Special education and learning disabilities. Learning Disabilities Association. Indiana Chapter, Indiana, PA

1996 Parent professional relationships. Inservice presented at Riverview Intermediate Unit, Shippenville, PA

1995 Attention deficit disorder. Annual Inservice, Punxsutawney School District. Punxsutawney, PA 1994 Attention deficit disorder. Professional Family Care Services, Johnstown, PA

1994 Attention deficit disorder. Indiana County Guidance Center, Indiana, PA 1993 Attention deficit disorder. Indiana, Armstrong and Jefferson County School Districts (10 presentations). PA

1993 Sensitizing the community to disabilities. Presented at Advocacy for the Child with Special Needs Conference. Parent Education Network, Washington, PA

1991 The Parent Information Project: A collaborative effort. Presentation at Early Intervention Providers Association, Harrisburg, PA

1990 Parent professional relationships. Presented at Mentor Parent Program, Shippenville, PA

1989 Clinical voice disorders. Presented at Annual Inservice Workshop. Riverview Intermediate Unit, Shippenville, PA

1988 The child as part of the environment: Reexamining traditional approaches to language therapy. Presented at Inservice Workshop. Reverview Intermediate Unit, Shippenville, PA

1986 Auditory processing disorders in the classroom. Presented at Annual Inservice. Lamar County Special Education Services, Lamar County, MS

1983 Communication disorders in school aged children. Inservice Workshop. William Carey College, Biloxi, MS

1980 Language disorders in children. Presented at Annual Meeting of Newcastle County Speech and Language Pathologists, Wilmington, PA 1979 How does the exceptional child affect the family? Presented at Delaware Department of Public Instruction, Wilmington, DE

1979 Communication disorders in young children. Presented at Inservice Workshop for Preschool and Headstart Teachers. Delaware Department of Public Instruction, Dover, DE