Barbara Thompson Doyle, M.S., is a Special Education professional with 31 years of experience in developmental disability services. Ms. Doyle is a consultant in private practice, who is well known for her practical and positive approaches to addressing the needs of children and adults with disabilities.

An enthusiastic lecturer, teacher and trainer, Ms. Doyle travels extensively to bring her holistic, humane and effective approaches to others. Ms. Doyle is "Aunt Barbara" to Tom, who has an Autism Spectrum Disorder. More information is available at her personal site,

Emily Doyle Iland, M.A., is Barbara's sister and mother to Tom, Lisa and Danny. Emily is a member of the Transition Task Force of the California Blue Ribbon Commission on Autism and has provided data from her Master's thesis to inform the Commission’s legislative recommendations. She is the Secretary of the Autism Society of America, Los Angeles, and a founding member of SCAAN, Santa Clarita Autism Asperger Network. Emily is a founding member of C.L.E.A.R, Community and Law Enforcement Aware Response, a collaborative to reduce criminal involvement of people with disabilities and help law enforcement officials be informed in their response to people with special needs.

Emily is currently working with the University of Minnesota’s Institute on Community Integration and The Bubel Aiken Foundation to develop curriculum for an Inclusive Service Learning program for students in elementary, junior high, and high school. As the California State Representative of the Yes I Can Program for Social Inclusion, Emily trained staff and families in junior high and high school to help teens with developmental disabilities make friends and have fun.

Emily is an educational consultant and presents at conferences in both English and Spanish all over the U.S. and in Mexico. She received a Master’s Degree in Special Education with distinction at California State University, Northridge in Summer, 2007. Emily received the Nathan O. Friedman Outstanding Graduate Student of the Year Award, an honor reserved for a single master’s candidate. Emily received a B.A. degree, summa cum laude, from Marquette University with majors in Political Science and Spanish and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Emily is a 2003 graduate of the City of Santa Clarita/College of the Canyons Community Leadership Program and received the 2005 Community Service Award from the City.

 Visit the C.L.E.A.R. web site, for more information.

California State University, Northridge


Convocation Accolades in Store for Cal State Northridge’s Top Students

(NORTHRIDGE, Calif., May 21, 2007)

Convocation presentations will include The Nathan O. Freedman Memorial Award for Outstanding Graduate Student for 2007, to Emily Iland, a special education major with an overall 3.92 grade point average. Iland co-authored "Autism A-Z," winner of the Exceptional Parent Magazine Symbol of Excellence Award.

Her thesis project—research on Latina mothers with autistic children—will be used to formulate recommendations for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's Autism Commission. Iland serves on the transition committee that reports to the governor’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Autism.

Barbara T. Doyle, M.S.

Emily Doyle Iland, M.A.