Keynote Speakers

Adiba Nelson

Author, Screenwriter, Performer, Activist, Wife, Mother, Daughter, and most recently, subject of the Emmy winning documentary,The Full Nelson.


Often referred to as “inspirational,” Adiba wrote and self-published her first children’s book in 2013,  after not being able to find a children’s book that adequately and appropriately represented her daughter (African American, with special needs). Since then, she has independently sold over 3,000 books, won an award (Royal Dragonfly, Honorable Mention - Best Children’s Book - Topic: Disability), led numerous workshops for educators and education professionals/ paraprofessionals, and partnered with Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona to introduce a new inclusion patch program, Girl Scouts for ALL (which has now been replicated in California and Texas).


Adiba is trying to change the world, and from the looks of it, she has no intentions of stopping until she does. When she’s not ironing her cape, you can find her moonlighting as a *mostly* decent mom to her incredible daughter Emory, debating her husband over who has the better Netflix feed, or checking Expedia, looking for the least expensive 4-day beach getaway.

Ari Ne'eman


Ari Ne'eman is the author of the forthcoming book THE RIGHT TO LIVE IN THIS WORLD: The Story of Disability in America(Simon & Schuster 2020). From 2006 to 2016, he served as President and co-founder of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network, the leading national advocacy organization run by and for autistic adults speaking for themselves. From 2010 to 2015, he served as one of President Obama's appointees to the National Council on Disability. He currently serves as CEO of, an online platform designed to help connect seniors and people with disabilities with workers who share their values. He is also an advisor to the American Civil Liberties Union and a variety of other groups on disability policy.

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