National Research Center for Parents with Disabilities

Consultants

Our well-qualified consultants lend their expertise to the National Research Center for Parents with Disabilities to help shape it into a comprehensive resource for parents with disabilities, their families, and professionals who work with them. 

Erin Andrews, Consultant

Erin Andrews, PsyD

Erin Andrews is co-founder of the Disabled Parenting Project, and an assistant clinical professor at the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine. She has completed innovative work to assess and address the needs of parents with disabilities, represented the American Psychological Association during a 2013 congressional briefing regarding parents with disabilities and participated in a 2016 White House forum on the civil rights of parents with disabilities.
Kara Ayers, Consultant

Kara Ayers, PhD

Kara Ayers is a co-founder of the Disabled Parenting Project and Associate Director of the University of Cincinnati Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities. She works on numerous disability policy issues, including protecting the rights of parents with disabilities, improving adoption access for parents with disabilities, and increasing peer support for women with disabilities during pregnancy.
Alixe Bonardi, Consultant

Alixe Bonardi, Independent Evaluator

Alexandra (Alixe) Bonardi is a team lead for the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities team at Human Services Research Institute and directs the National Core Indicators project. She is serving as an independent evaluator for the Parenting Project. In addition, she's a clinical assistant professor at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) and a faculty member in the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disability (LEND) program—funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau—at the UMMS EK Shriver Center.  Her research interests include the promotion of health and wellness in people with intellectual disability, health surveillance, and support systems that promote good outcomes for people with intellectual and developmental disability.
Michael Bullis, Consultant

Michael Bullis

Michael Bullis is Executive Director of The Image Center in Maryland, which is the Independent Living Center serving the Greater Baltimore area. He previously managed the Maryland Technology Assistance Program at the Department of Disabilities, taught blind adults at Blind Industries and Services of Maryland.

Kate Nemens, JD

Kate Nemens is presently Supervising Attorney for the Clubhouse Family Legal Support Project, which is co-funded by the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health and the Massachusetts Bar Foundation. Attorney Nemens represents and advocates for parents in their custody and parenting time cases, she is a regular trainer of attorneys, clinicians, advocates, peers and parents regarding representation of parents with psychiatric disabilities, and is presently working on anti-discrimination legislation in Massachusetts on behalf of parents with disabilities in custody decisions.
Employment Options, Inc.

Employment Options

Clubhouses powerfully demonstrate that people with mental illness can and do lead productive happy lives. We offer people living with mental illness opportunities for friendship, employment, housing, education and family support. 
  • We coach parents to empower the well-being of the family as a whole.
  • We partner with young adults to explore life choices while building friendships.
  • We mentor members to find meaningful work.
  • We empower individuals and families in mental health recovery to thrive in their communities.
Imagivision Creative Works

Imagivision

Imagivision Creative Works (ICW) is a production company based in Waltham Massachusetts. It consists of a collective of industry professionals who pride themselves on producing commercial quality video production. ICW has been specializing in documentary and commercial work for over 10 years, with a strong focus on video work with non-profits. The goal of the ICW team is to create informative and engaging stories that can help to educate and entertain.