Regional Demonstration Center: South Florida
FAAST South Florida Regional Demonstration Center
University of Miami Mailman Center for Child Development
1601 N.W. 12th Avenue Room 2018
Miami, FL 33136
Email: Ana Nevares, M.A., Project Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Meet the Staff
Dr. Michelle Schladant
Dr. Schladant has the primary responsibility for the implementation and oversight of the SFRDC project and for establishing and maintaining collaborative relationships with partnering community agencies involved with the SFRDC. Dr. Schladant has over 15 years of experience providing assistive technology services to children with disabilities. She has presented assistive technology lectures at local, state and international conferences. Dr. Schladant is the assistant director of the Mailman Center for Child Development and serves as an assistant professor at the University Of Miami School Of Education where she teaches courses in adaptive technology for young children with disabilities and assistive technology to promote communication for the early childhood special education master’s program. She is the former Project Director and Assistive Technology Community Mentor of Project ABCs: Assistive Technology to Build Capacities and Serve Individuals with Disabilities.
Ana Nevares, M.A.
Mrs. Nevares has the primary responsibility for providing advocacy, information and referral services to individuals with disabilities and their families. Mrs. Nevares has over 8 years of teaching experience as a former special education teacher in the public school system; developing and conducting lessons aimed at improving the communication, social, and behavior skills of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. She has presented at local conferences introducing the use of Speech Generating Devices and primarily coaches caregivers and professionals on the tools and strategies that promote communication and language development. Mrs. Nevares serves as an education specialist and AT provider at the Mailman Center for Child Development. Mrs. Nevares is fluent in Spanish.
Douglene Jackson, Ph.D, MOT, OTR/L, LMT
Mrs. Jackson is an occupational therapist (OT) who has worked in the rehabilitation field since 1998 and became an OT in 2002. She specializes in working with children with various special needs and has had experience in the home, school, hospital, and natural environment working with individuals with disabilities and their families throughout the lifespan. Currently, Douglene is the OT for the Mailman Center for Child development, providing direct evaluation, therapy, and consultative services, as well as assisting with program development. Her interests include evidence-based practice and advocacy for early intervention and developmental disabilities, fidelity in therapy interventions, and research with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Sensory Processing Disorders, and early introduction of assistive technology.
Nancy Cruz, M.S.
Ms. Cruz was a former teacher at Miami Dade County Public Schools. She has over 8 years of experience planning and implementing lessons for the academic and social developmental process of students with special needs. Her current responsibility as part of FAAST is to provide information and referral to consumers who contact the SFRDC office. She also assist with SFRDC presence in various conferences and exhibits. Her interest include working with reading intervention programs and developmental resources for children with ASD.
Maria C. Rivera
Maria C. Rivera is a licensed and certified bilingual speech-language pathologist. She completed both her undergraduate education in Exceptional Student Education with ESOL endorsement and her graduate education in Speech-Language Pathology at Florida International University. She has experience working with children and families of children with various special needs, and has served children and families in the pediatric outpatient, educational, hospital, home health and private practice settings. In addition to her work as a Speech-Language Pathologist at the Mailman Center for Child Development, Maria also works as a part of FAAST to provide information and referral services to individuals with disabilities and their families. Maria has a passion to work with individuals with complex communication needs. She has an interest in the early introduction of assistive technology in order to improve overall communication, social, and behavior skills in children with varying abilities.