About the Co-Founders
Chief Executive Officer, Co-Founder
Cori Wagner, M.S.Ed, BCBA
Cori is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and holds a Master's degree in Education of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing and Elementary Education. She taught for six years at a school for the Deaf, utilizing best practices in Deaf Education and Applied Behavior Analysis. Cori has served various roles in her career, ranging from teacher, ABA therapist, assistant clinical director, and, most recently, behavior intervention specialist for a school district in Westchester County. She specializes in working with students who are deaf/hard of hearing with autism spectrum disorder and has experience teaching learners of all ABLEities. Cori is committed to sharing her knowledge and expertise with learners, parents, caregivers, and the community.
Her passions include: Positive Behavior Supports, staff-training, in-classroom support, and designing programs unique to all learners.
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Chief Operating Officer, Co-Founder
Elizabeth Petitti, M.S., CCC-SLP, TSSLD
Liz Petitti is a New York State licensed Speech Language Pathologist who is passionate about language and communication. She graduated Barnard College with a degree in Linguistics and Psychology, and pursued her Master's degree in Speech Language Pathology at Boston University, where she was involved in research regarding auditory processing and child language acquisition. Liz is currently pursuing her clinical doctorate degree in Speech Language Pathology with Northwestern University, focusing on the education of students with hearing loss and autism. She believes that all children are capABLE and works hard to support their linguistic, academic, and social development.
Her passions include: cheering for her favorite hockey team, Harry Potter, singing in the shower, and helping students achieve their goals.
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Four years ago, two co-workers - an SLP and a Teacher of the Deaf/BCBA - got together and discussed ways to improve education for students with disabilities. Fueled by the desire to improve special education and make an impact, Cori and Liz reflected on years of comprehensive work experience in their respective fields and began to dream big. Several brunch meetings later, The ABLEities Foundation was born.
Incorporated in November 2017 and granted 501(c)(3) nonprofit status in June 2018, The ABLEities Foundation began to take shape. Every day, we work towards the goal of making education accessible and enjoyable for students of all ABLEities. ABLE is not just an acronym. We strongly believe that the acquisition of behavior and language in education helps lead to social and academic success, and we work to implement these services in areas with less resources, like the fields of hearing loss and autism.