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Center for Autism Support and Training

3-D/animation, Cloud-based, E-Learning for a variety of digital devices gives parents of autistic teens tools for lifeplanning in 17 areas.

  • Stage Product In Development
  • Industry Software
  • Location Silver Spring, MD, USA
  • Currency USD
  • Founded January 2002
  • Employees 40
  • Website

Company Summary

CAST, LLC is 10 yrs old with 40 employees. We provide therapeutic and life span planning services to children/adults with autism. Customers include Federal/State Depts. of Education, HHS/Medicaid, autism advocacy groups, parents, professionals, self-advocates, caretakers of individuals with autism. In tough economic times, parents need training to ensure a quality future for their loved ones. Planning is very complicated. Help give parents a map.


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    Allan Cohen
    Research Director

    A national public health leader and clinical expert in autism, Allan received his Ph.D and MA from Harvard University. He is the co-founder of the Pacific Institute for Research & Evaluation (PIRE), one of the nation’s largest independent nonprofit organizations in public health research and program development, In 2009, PIRE managed over 180 national and international projects that generated over $31 million in revenue. University professor.

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    Karen Kaye-Beall
    Executive Director

    National leader in field with 10 years autism training experience and large projects. Founded CAST ($8million rev.) Parent of two adults with autism. Participated in three White House meetings on autism policy and Maryland Governor's Autism Commission.. 10 year contract with State of Maryland Dept. of Education/Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene. Serve children and adults with both high functioning and severe autism symptoms and challenges.

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    Cyndy Hayes
    VP of Marketing

    Doctorate/MBA in Business Administration. At Mars Inc., she was Sales & Marketing Manager with $120 million market. Led sales force/140 managers. Business Consultant clients: Johnson & Johnson, Novo Nordisk, Novarits Oncology, Donna Karen, Sanofi Aventis, Ranbaxy, Nationwide. Dept. of Ed-Abu Dhabi. Founder of Aging with Autism and Global Communities of Support. Co-Founded Advancing Futures for Adults with Autism. Has adult son with autism.

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    Ralph Guggenheim
    Creative Director/Producer of Toy Story 1

    As a founding member of Pixar, the pioneering computer animation company, Ralph served as Vice President of Feature Animation. At Pixar, he managed the growth and development of the studio from seven people in 1986 to more than 350 employees in 1997. Among his many accomplishments, Ralph produced “Toy Story” for Pixar and Disney. This computer animated feature film, produced for $30 million, grossed over $350 million worldwide and is among the mo

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    Eli Noyes
    Co-Creative Director

    President of Alligator Planet: Eli brings a comedic flair to his productions, which include Monitor and Ace Award-winning projects for television, award-winning films for children, inventive commercials and title sequences, and spirited experimental films. Nominated for an Academy Award® for his groundbreaking animated film, “Clay”, Eli’s work includes projects for “Sesame Street”, HBO, Scholastic, Nickelodeon, MTV, Pixar, Disney and Oxygen Media

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    Clark Aldrich
    Director of 3-D computer simulations

    One of the top educational simulation and serious game interface designers in the world. The experiences he produced have been patent winning, generated millions in revenues, are market leaders in their categories, have been rigorously proven to drive long term desired changes in behavior, and have been translated and deployed in dozens of countries and languages. He combines best practices from corporate, academic, and military training environm

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    Barbara Shaw
    National Sales Director

    Sales Executive and strategic marketing advisor with 20 years at the Washington Post Diversified Media Company. Generated revenue in excess of $63 million. CAST’s White House Communication Liaison. Appearances in commercials/films for over 36 clients, including: Allstate Insurance, Sears and General Mills.

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    Annie Potts
    Film and TV celebrity/CAST Public Spokesperson

    Emmy and Golden Globe nominee best known for her seven-year stint as Mary Jo Shively on the popular TV show “Designing Women.” Currently in new ABC series “GCB”. Film appearances include: “Ghost Busters”, “Pretty in Pink”, “Toy Story 1& 2” (voice of Bo Peep) with many more TV and film appearances. She is a proven friend and advocate to the autism community. Appeared in a FAST autism public service announcement "A Perfect Storm"


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    Norman L. Eule, Esq - Corporate & Tax Practice Group
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    White and Walsh, CPAs

Previous Investors

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    Karen Kaye-Beall