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Join us for a live panel on Thursday, May 13 at 7 pm with the makers of In a Different Key, moderated by Rhoda Bernard.


CAREN ZUCKER (Co-director, Co-producer) is a journalist and Emmy Award-winning network producer who has reported on a broad range of subjects both domestically and internationally. As a producer for ABC’s World News and Nightline, working alongside Peter Jennings, Charlie Gibson, and Diane Sawyer, she covered economic summits, presidential campaigns, social trends and the Olympic Games. She was honored for her role in ABC’s coverage of 9/11 with two of television’s most prestigious prizes, the Peabody and the Alfred L. DuPont awards. Zucker was the producer and co-writer of PBS NewsHour series Autism Now. Her oldest son Mickey’s autism diagnosis inspired a new direction in her reporting: to bring a better understanding of autism’s realities. Zucker and her husband, NBC Sports Producer John McGuinness, have three children and reside in New Jersey


JOHN DONVAN (Co-director, Co-Producer) is a veteran network correspondent and producer for ABC, CNN and PBS, and host and moderator of the Intelligence Squared U.S. Debates, which are heard on public radio and by podcast. He has also been a contributing editor to The Atlantic. During his journalism career, in addition to anchoring various ABC broadcasts, John served as chief White House correspondent, and held multiyear postings in London, Moscow, Jerusalem and Amman, Jordan. He wrote and reported for the documentary program Turning Point. The winner of four Emmys and the Overseas Press Club Award, he became interested in autism’s impact on families upon meeting his wife, physician and medical school professor Ranit Mishori, who grew up in Israel with a brother profoundly affected by autism. He has two children and lives in Washington, DC.


AMY GRAVINO, M.A. (Film Subject), is an autism sexuality advocate and Relationship Coach in the Center for Adult Autism Services at Rutgers University. She is also the President of A.S.C.O.T Consulting, which offers autism consulting, college coaching, and mentoring services for organizations, schools, individuals on the autism spectrum, and their families. Amy is an international speaker who has given TED talks, spoken twice at the United Nations for World Autism Awareness Day, and presented worldwide to audiences on a variety of topics related to autism, with a dedicated special focus and research on the subject of autism and sexuality. Ms. Gravino obtained her Masters degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Caldwell University in 2010 and currently serves on the Boards of Directors of Specialisterne USA, Yes She Can, Inc. and the Golden Door International Film Festival of Jersey City, as well as the Scientific Advisory Board of Simons Foundation Powering Autism Research (SPARK). She is an award-winning writer whose work has been featured in Spectrum, the leading online news source for autism research, Reader’s Digest, special education textbooks, and other outlets. Visit to learn more.


STEPHANIE KEENY PARKS (Film Subject) is a doctoral student at the University of California, Los Angeles in the Department of Anthropology where she studies medical/psychological and linguistic anthropology. She also possesses a master’s degree in medical anthropology from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. Stephanie’s research centers on the everyday lives of Black parents who have children with autism. She is also interested in the process of diagnosing a Black child with autism as well as the healthcare disparities that these families face. Stephanie is interested in centering the Black parent’s narrative and experience as the expert to decenter white ideologies on health, healthcare, disability, and Black culture. Her research stems from her experiences as a Black woman, wife, and mother of two children. Stephanie’s oldest child is diagnosed with autism.


RHODA BERNARD, Ed.D. (Moderator) is the Founding Managing Director of the Berklee Institute for Arts Education and Special Needs, a catalyst for the inclusion of people with disabilities in all aspects of visual and performing arts education. Through a large (and growing!) array of Arts Education Programs for people of all ages with disabilities, two first-of-their-kind Graduate Programs in Music Education and Autism, and numerous Professional Development Programs for the field, the Berklee Institute for Arts Education and Special Needs strives to increase opportunities for people with disabilities to learn, explore, grow, and create in the arts. She is a highly sought-after keynote speaker, conference presenter, educator, workshop leader, and consultant who has given presentations, taught courses and mini courses, led workshops, and consulted with organizations throughout the United States and around the world. Dr. Bernard has published many articles and book chapters in peer-reviewed publications, along with several blog posts and e-resources. Dr. Bernard holds an A.B. in Government with honors from Harvard University, a B.M. with honors in Jazz Voice Performance from New England Conservatory of Music, an Ed.M. in Arts in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and an Ed.D. in Learning and Teaching from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.


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