Joanne Lara, M.A., is a core adjunct professor at National University in LA, California and helped design the Autism Certificate. She was Technical Advisor/Autism Consultant for Kiefer Sutherland’s FOX TV show ‘TOUCH’. Lara earned her master’s in Special Education, Moderate/Severe and Multiple Disabilities from California State University, Northridge, and a B.A. in Dance from the University of South Florida. She holds a CCTC California Moderate/Severe Education Specialist K-12 teaching credential and taught in the LAUSD for over ten years, where she worked exclusively with students with autism. Founder Autism Movement Therapy, Inc., a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit (received 2 Autism Speaks grants for 2013), Ms. Lara teaches AMT classes in Van Nuys, CA where she has a private academic/behavioral consultation practice. Ms Lara produced the soon to be released documentary, Generation A: Portraits of Autism and the ARTS with Temple Grandin, Stephen Shore, Joanne Lara, Ed Asner, Elaine Hall, Anshu Batra MD, Wyatt Isaacs, Dani Bowman, Kevin Hosseini, Noah Schneider and more.
Ms Lara danced with the Fairmount Dance Theatre in Cleveland, Ohio from 1976-77 under the direction of Peggy Cicierska and as a company member was the Dance Dept Head at Cuyahoga Community College and taught classes for the Fairmount Deaf Theatre members. During 2004-2005 Ms Lara taught dance in the Los Angeles Unified School District Arts in Education Program where she delivered five 50 minute dance classes a day to neurotypical as well as students with autism, hearing, visual and OHI impairments. Ms Lara danced with the Louis Falco Dance Theatre in NYC from 1977-1980.
AMT has received two Autism Speaks grants in 2013. Ms Lara presented at the National Dance Education Organization Conference in Miami in October 2013 and will be traveling to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to present AMT. She will also present at the 2013 November Expressive Therapies Summit in NYC.