Jeff is an advocate trainee whose personal experience with disabilities comes from his experiences with mental health concerns as well as his work with individuals with mental health concerns and developmental disabilities. He has worked as a behavior analyst for years developing behavior management programs for individuals with challenging behaviors. Through his work he has participated in different types of advocacy and believes that education and modeling the power of treating individuals with respect and allowing choice are powerful tools for change. Jeff also loves horses and volunteers at High Hopes, a therapeutic equestrian riding program. Currently, he is interested in research around promoting healthy family systems and early childhood interventions. He would like to learn more about the resources available in Connecticut and state of the art practices he can use to best support families in his role as an advocate for families with children with special needs.