Dr. Tom Pomeranz is a nationally recognized authority, trainer, clinician and consultant in the field of services for people with disabilities. Over the last 40 years, Tom has conducted thousands of seminars and programs throughout the United States and Canada. His audiences praise his ability to combine information, humor, passion and storytelling into an informative whole that does not just present the information, but really communicates it in a memorable fashion. Tom was the keynote speaker at the Fifth International Conference on Developmental Disabilities and Aging in Cyprus. He is the creator of Universal Enhancement, which teaches strategies that promote community participation and supporting people to have a quality life. Additionally, he is noted for his innovative approach to leadership and management training. In addition to his High Tide Press book, Tom has authored numerous articles in various professional publications and a staff training DVD series. Tom received his bachelor's and Master of Science degrees in special education and a doctorate degree in mental health administration from Indiana University. He followed up with post-graduate work at the University of Notre Dame in the area of experimental psychology. He has held a variety of top-level administrative posts in community-based service organizations and three large state-operated facilities. Tom is a policy fellow and visiting lecturer for Minot State University's North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities, a University Center of Excellence. Tom is the president and CEO of Universal LifeStiles, with offices in Indianapolis, IN.