Shannon Leary Knall is currently the Autism Speaks Policy Chair for Wisconsin, and serves as an appointee to Governor Walker’s Autism Council. Shannon and her husband Mark have three children, the oldest of which is autistic. Shannon and her family moved to Wisconsin three years ago, from Connecticut, where she founded the Greater Hartford chapter of Autism Speaks, and served as the Walk Chair for three years. She took on the role of Connecticut’s Policy Chair for Autism Speaks and worked on the
grassroots initiative to pass meaningful autism insurance reform for the state, and for eight years, worked with the Connecticut Congressional delegation on the passage of the ABLE Act. During her tenure in Connecticut, Shannon led grassroots initiatives to pass over eight pieces of
disability related legislation with bi partisan support. She received a Congressional Medal of Appreciation from then Congressman Chris Murphy, for her efforts. When Shannon and her family moved to Wisconsin, she collaborated with other advocacy groups to secure the passage of the ABLE Act in Wisconsin. Shannon has served as a Gubernatorial appointee for numerous boards and commissions in regard to disability. In July 2016, Shannon completed course work through the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA) to become a Special Education Advocate. She holds her Masters degree in Organizational Behavior from the University of Hartford and her Bachelors of Science in Journalism from Ohio Wesleyan University. As a mother, Shannon’s passion is in securing a successful future, with equal opportunity, for her children.
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