Autism Awareness Luncheon
Join over 200+ autism advocates from the Main Line for an afternoon of shopping and a panel discussion about a topic impacting the autism community. Proceeds from this event benefit individuals affected with autism and their families.
Friday, April 21, 2022
Aronimink Golf Club
Shopping begins at 11:00 AM | Lunch begins at 12:00 PM
$85 per seat ($50 of each ticket is tax deductible)
Meet the Panelists
About the Panelists
Emily Deller is a senior pediatric occupational therapist servicing the Delaware Autism Program and Delaware School for the Deaf. In her evenings, she runs a business mentoring school-based OTs on how to provide best practice care for their students and providing direct therapy services to children and families in their homes and community. Emily earned her Bachelor’s in Interdisciplinary Health Services and Autism Behavioral Studies at Saint Joseph’s University, graduating with honors. She then went on to gain her Master’s of Occupational Therapy at University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. Emily specializes in working with autistic, deaf, and neurodiverse children. Her passion is using client-centered occupational therapy to empower children, families, and therapists to grow into their best autonomous selves.
Patrick Graham is the current Education Director at the Y.A.L.E. School of Philadelphia. Patrick has worked at the Y.A.L.E. School since 2016 educating students on the Autism Spectrum as well as those with Social and Emotional Disabilities. His current role includes teacher development, monitoring the implementation of Individualized Education Plans (IEPs), and overseeing the academic programming for the school. He believes and works towards creating a safe, collaborative, and data-driven program that is centered on success for all students. Patrick was named one of the “Power Players in Education” by Metro Philadelphia in 2022 and received the Ruth K. Newman award for excellence in education at The Y.A.L.E. School of Philadelphia in 2018. He received his bachelors and master’s degree from St. Joseph’s University in 2016 where he worked as a Kinney SCHOLAR and specialized in low incidence disabilities, special education law, and reading interventions.
As the Director of Scientific Review Programs and Inclusion Initiatives for the Eagles Autism Foundation, Kirsten (Kiki) Saraceni manages the grant programs as well as assuring all events hosted by the Eagles and at Lincoln Financial Field are accessible for families. Leaning on her previous experience working directly with kids and adults on the spectrum, Saraceni creates visual schedule resources for every home game and Eagles event, supports kids at the Jr. Cheer and Youth Football Clinics, manages neurodiverse game day staff and more. Saraceni also manages the progress reports for over 60 community and research grants in Philadelphia and nationwide. Saraceni completed her graduate degree from Saint Joseph's University in 2019 and completed clinical field work through the Kinney Center for Autism Education and Support on campus. She is a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst and Licensed Behavior Specialist.