May 5, 2022

Denise Marshall, MS | Chief Executive Officer for the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA)

Each child is unique and there are things going on in that environment that are stressors to children​.​ I will say 99.9% of the time something is happening in the environment that’s triggering the child​.​
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Denise Stile Marshall, M.S., Chief Executive Officer Denise has led the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA) since 2005. She graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a Master of Science in Applied Behavioral Science. Denise has over 40 years’ experience in the field of disabilities in a variety of support, management, and advocacy capacities. She has a wealth of non-profit association management experience and is a dynamic trainer, experienced in leading sessions for participants of diverse abilities and experience levels. Prior to becoming the Executive Director of COPAA Denise was the Director of Training and Educational Outreach for the national organization TASH from 1995-2005, the Program Manager and trainer for Maryland Leaders in Disability Policy; and a Positive Behavior Support specialist and Director of the National Training Center for The Kennedy Krieger Institute in Maryland among other consulting and management positions. Denise's specific areas of interest are civil right to quality education, positive behavioral supports, prevention and reduction in the use of restraints, abolishment of seclusion and aversive techniques, family supports, grassroots advocacy, self-advocacy, and experiential learning. Denise is the parent of two children; grandparent to three, one of whom has Down syndrome. For more information about COPAA, visit 
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