Dan Unumb is an attorney and founder of the Autism Legal Resource Center. Mr. Unumb previously served as the founding Executive Director of the Autism Speaks Legal Resource Center, where he worked to secure improved insurance and Medicaid coverage for individuals with autism in over 40 states.
He has worked with federal and state regulators to secure improved guidance and enforcement on autism-related issues and has filed amicus briefs on autism legal issues in state and federal appeals courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court. He is co-author of the law school casebook “Autism and the Law” and has presented on legal topics pertaining to autism at numerous national conferences and trainings.
Mr. Unumb is also co-founder of the Autism Academy of South Carolina, a treatment facility providing state-of-the-art care to children on the autism spectrum. He has served on the supporting board for the Greenwood Genetics Center and is a board member of Ascendigo, in Aspen, Colorado, which provides challenging recreational activities to children and adults with autism as well as community living support. Mr. Unumb has litigated cases in federal and state courts across the country in private practice in Boston, Washington, D.C., and Charleston and as an attorney with the United States Department of Justice.
ABA Practice Today: Legal Essentials and Latest Developments
Autism Law Summit
Dan will be providing a three-hour legal update on the state of ABA and insurance law.
Autism Law Summit Attorney Workshop
All-day workshop for attorney's working in the autism space including areas such as insurance, special education, ADA, employment, etc.
COABA Annual Conference
Shannon O’Connor is a Policy Associate and Project Manager at the Autism Legal Resource Center. Shannon joined the ALRC in 2020 after receiving her Master’s in School Psychology from the University of South Carolina.
During her time in graduate school, Shannon worked at the Psychology Services Center in Columbia, South Carolina, and at the Unumb Center for Neurodevelopment (formerly known as the Autism Academy of South Carolina) as a therapist, social skills group leader, and counselor for teens with autism.
Shannon graduated from the University of Cincinnati with her bachelor’s in psychology. She then spent two years working at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Medical Center in the Division of Psychiatry where she ran two nationally-funded clinical drug trials focused on reducing the core impairing symptoms of autism and fragile X syndrome.
Shannon’s background provides her with an unique understanding of the intersection between clinical services, research, and home life in the lives of families and individuals with autism. Shannon fiercely believes in the rights of all individuals to have easy access to whatever is needed to live lives full of independence and dignity.
Shannon is originally from Cincinnati and is a proud University of Cincinnati alumni and an avid Bengals fan.