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411 S. Prieur New Orleans, LA 70112
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Susan G. Killam, M.Ed

Susan G. Killam has worked for over 25 years in the area of employment and disability policy. Ms. Killam is a tireless advocate for the civil rights of all people but specifically for individuals with disabilities. She has a Master’s degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and worked at the federally funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Supported Employment. Ms. Killam began her career in Louisiana in 1990 as the Lead Trainer for the Supported Employment Systems Change Grant. At the conclusion of the Supported Employment Systems Change grant, she served as Executive Director of AcME, Inc. (an employment agency initiated by six parents of individuals with disabilities) for 10 years. Ms. Killam has published several articles on supported employment and disability services and is one of the authors of APSE’s Ethical Guidelines. Ms. Killam has consulted and provided training and TA on supported employment and disability policy in a number of states and Canada. She has served on numerous governor-appointed councils and boards and is one of the founding members of the Louisiana SE Network and served as President from 1996-2001. Aside from being a member of LA APSE, Sue is the Regional Delegate national APSE.


Laura C. Stazio, MScEE

Laura Stazio is a Certified Employment Support Professional. She works at HDC on Employment Initiatives to increase the capacity of Supported Employment Agencies in Louisiana through training and mentoring. Laura also works with the HDC PEAC program, collaborating with Delgado Community College on enhancing Universal Design for Learning (UDL) strategies. Laura completed the HDC training program in Leadership Education on Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) in 2013. Prior to living in New Orleans, Laura lived in Montreal Canada where she completed a Certificate of Proficiency in French from McGill University. In Montreal, she was an Assistive Technology Specialist for Canada’s Eastern Provinces including French speaking Quebec. She was called upon to teach, implement, program and adapt assistive technology devices and was involved in the development of French products. Prior to working in Assistive Technology, Laura Stazio worked in the telecommunications industry as a Senior Systems Engineer, most notably at Bell Communications Research. Specializing in Telecommunications Network Management Protocols, she chaired a joint ISO ITU international standards working group and was editor of various international standards. Laura graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science from Tulane University in Biomedical Engineering. She graduated from Columbia University in New York City with a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering.


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