Meet Our Trainers

Our trainers have the vital combination of practical and academic experience. Their expertise is based on CIP’s 30+ year fund of knowledge and successful implementation. Attendees can be confident that they will be receiving expert, practical advice, and knowledge-based strategies that can be implemented immediately.


Dr. Michael P. McManmon, Ed.D. – Lead Trainer

Michael McManmon

Dr. McManmon is a featured keynote speaker and presenter at ASD/LD conferences worldwide. He is a trained psychologist and holds a Doctorate in Special Education, plus Master’s degree in Counseling. He is the CIP (College Internship Program) founder and author of Autism and Learning Differences: An Active Learning Teaching Toolkit and Made for Good Purpose.

He has worked on curriculum development, staff training, program evaluation, and administering community-based programming for over 40 years. Dr. McManmon has an inside perspective as he himself was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome in his 50’s and grew up in a large family with several individuals on the spectrum.

Dr. McManmon’s work in the field is innovative and cutting edge with a focus on preparing young adults for life, independence, and work through internships, volunteerism, and community-based projects and service learning.


Sharona Sommer, CPC – Lead Trainer

Sharona SommerSharona has worked in the Special Education field for over 20 years and is the founder of Sharona Coaching and Consulting, which provides family coaching to families with children on the Autism Spectrum, and also leads workshops and support groups.

Sharona guides the whole family, not just the diagnosis. She offers support, clarity, and peace of mind. Her strong desire to coach families with teens and young adults stems from her work in the special education field and first-hand experienced the challenges parents face. She helps to unite parents and their emerging adult children with a realistic plan for life, school, work, and independent living.

Sharona has presented at several national conferences (LDA, National Autism Conference, YAI), and consults with several organizations in the Autism field. In 2016 Sharona has accepted the position of Director of Family Services at CIP.