Aspiring doctors, therapists, educators, nurses, researchers, and volunteers— we even have a few engineers. We’re a diverse group, but it’s a shared passion to make an IMPACT, a desire to learn more, and a love of serving others and giving back, that brings us all together. Our philosophy of assuming competence in every individual with autism and our passion for the cause makes us more than just a student organization; we’re a family that's out to make a difference.
Kelly is a senior from Fleming Island, Florida majoring in biology and minoring disabilities in society. She is currently serving as President of IMPACT Autism. Kelly is also the volunteer chair of the Pre-Physician Assistant Association. In the summer of 2017 she worked at Camp Boggy Creek: a non-for-profit residential camp for children with serious illnesses. She enjoys volunteering at UF Shands Hospital, singing, and scrapbooking. After graduating, Kelly hopes to attend a physician assistant program in which she can one day work with children in the medical field.
Dr. Ann-Marie Orlando, PhD, CCC-SLP
Dr. Orlando began her career as a speech language therapist, audiologist and certified assistive technology practitioner- a background reflected in her research interest in communication systems for students with significant disabilities. At the University of Florida, she has worked with the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities since 2003 and taught several courses in the area of significant disabilities. Dr. Orlando has a PhD in Special Education, and is an Assistant Professor at UF's College of Education, School of Special Education. She co-chairs the early childhood committee for TASH, previously headed the group’s communication committee, and represents TASH on the national Universal Design for Learning Task Force. Dr. Orlando is the recipient of the 2011 Alice Hayden Emerging Researcher Award from TASH, and the 2008 Karen Koegel Scholarship Award from the University of Florida. Dr. Orlando is also a Faculty Advisor for IMPACT Autism at UF.