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Susan Loesl, MA, ATR-BC
Susan Loesl, MA, ATR-BC has been an adaptive arts specialist/art therapist for the Milwaukee Public Schools in Milwaukee, WI for the past 26 years. She has also worked in nursing homes with developmental disabled adults, adjudicated youth in prison and with adolescent girls in a residential treatment center. Susan is an Art Therapy and Graduate Education Adjunct Faculty at Mount Mary College, Milwaukee, WI and a frequent presenter at many conferences related to persons with disabilities and adaptations for the arts. She has presented workshops and in-service training throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and in China. Susan has been a consultant for adaptive arts strategies and low-tech adaptive tools to schools and organizations across the country. She also has collaborated for the past 17 years with the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design Industrial Design students to develop new adaptive tools and equipment for persons with disabilities. An author, she has two chapters in two books, one on art adaptations for students with physical disabilities, and another on strategies for students with autism. She is currently working on her own book on adaptive arts strategies, tools and techniques. At the 2015 NAEA National Convention in New Orleans, Sue was awarded the NAEA, CEC, VSA Beverly Levett Gerber Special Needs Lifetime Achievement Award.