Dr. Harshini Manohar is a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist with six years of experience as a clinician-researcher. She works as a faculty member at the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS), an Institute of National Importance, Bangalore, India.
Her research has been in parent-mediated early intervention for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder in resource-limited settings and understanding the experiences of parenting autistic individuals during adolescence. In addition to this, she has a keen interest in child and adolescent psychotherapy.
Ms. Deepa Bhat Nair is the Founder & Director of Communiverse, The Centre for Autism and Related Conditions. A Speech and Language therapist by training; Ms. Nair has been focused on early intervention for Autistic over 25 years.
Her areas of interest include Childhood Language Disorders, Higher level Language Skills –Typical and Pathology, Pragmatic Language Development, AAC.
Ms. Nair is a Certified Master Trainer in the Com DEALL program. She believes in sharing the wealth of her clinical experience. She travels the length and breadth of the country, training other professionals. She is committed to parent empowerment. She is a Mentor to the Indian Navy Welfare Association’s Early Intervention Centre, CHETNA at New Delhi.
Jo Chopra McGowan is an American who has lived in India for the past 43 years. She and her husband Ravi have three children, the youngest of whom - Moy Moy - was disabled. Jo is the founder and director of Latika, a leading non-profit in Dehradun, India which provides services to disabled children and adults. Moy Moy left us in 2018 but her memory lives on through the work of the Foundation.
Jo is a writer who has authored five books and hundreds of essays and articles in major US and Indian publications. Her areas of interest are child development, communication, disability, equity, social justice and abundance. She loves reading, public speaking, photography and opera.
In a world that’s increasingly polarized, cynical and suspicious of “the other,” she believes that differences can be fabulous, fun is essential, walls unnecessary, and that there’s always enough pie for everyone.
Megha Sundara (PhD, McGill University) is a Professor at the Department of Linguistics, University of California, Los Angeles. She is also the Acting Director of the UCLA Phonetics Lab and a Co-PI at the UCLA Language Acquisition Lab.
Her research is focused on language acquisition in pre-verbal, monolingual and bilingual infants. Currently, she is working on research on the acquisition of phonotactics, the morphology-phonology interface and pronunciation variants in speech directed to infants.