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Fran teaches coursework in Phonetics, Anatomy and Physiology, and Introduction to Communication Sciences and Disorders. She has conducted research and coauthored 4 books related to family and school issues intersecting with disability in children and the impact on lifespan issues including school, employment,inclusion and family. Her prior research includes extensive interviews of parents regarding the impact of their child's disability on marriage and family relationships. She and her colleague, psychologist Dr. Laura Marshak are often invited speakers on this issue regionally, nationally and internationally. More info at www.disabilityandfamilybalance.com
Fran's other interested include supporting parents of children with disabilities through information and peer supports, attitudes about people with disabilities and bot film representation of disability and children's literature that includes disability in the story line. She has been a judge for the CEC Dolly Gray Children's Book Awards for the past 2 years and has been an advisory member and host for Reelabilities: the NY Disability Film Festival for 5 years while at the National Center for Disability Services in NY. Last year, she helped bring the Festival to New Jersey and hosted the Preview night here at Montclair State. Now in its 2nd year , and as part of the National Festival, there are 8 NJ sites and MSU will host some previews again this November.
Fran is also a Board member of JESPY House, a nonprofit program fostering independence, employment and inclusion for adults with disabilities in South Orange and vicinity.