Guest Speakers


NAMI Fairfield Speaker MeetingsNAMI Fairfield invites Guest Speakers to join us on the first Wednesday of the month (except for July and August) from 7:30-9:00 p.m. in the Eliot Room Library, First Church Congregational, 148 Beach Road, Fairfield, CT.

These informative and interesting presentations are free of charge and open to the public. Light refreshments are served.

For more information about the NAMI Fairfield Speaker Meetings please email Ann Hulinsky at elizabeth.graham [at]

We hope you will join us!

Speaker Meeting Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Special Education Attorney Lawrence W. Berliner will discuss details on special education laws and how parents can pursue their child’s educational rights.

Attorney Berliner has over 34 yrs of experience representing and advocating for children, adults and families with special needs. He passionately focuses his practice on special education law, disability law, and legal advocacy for individuals with disabilities. Berliner’s presentation will take place 7:30-9:00 pm at First Church Congregational, 148 Beach Road in Fairfield.

All are welcome to attend this FREE event to learn about:

  • Your student’s basic educational rights
  • Steps to take when your child is struggling in school and achieving below his/her potential
  • How to make the IEP a framework for success
  • PPT Process, Annual Review and the IEE (Independent educational evaluation)
  • School Refusal and how to take action
  • Therapeutic programs – community vs. school
  • Therapist placements for education vs. non-educational reasons. 

Click here for a PDF flyer about this month’s event.

Do you have an idea for our speaker meetings? Please share your suggestions. Send us a note to namifairfield [at]  

Recap of some of our recent guest speakers:

  • Dr. Toral Surti is an Associate Professor at Yale University and a clinical psychiatrist in the Schizophrenia Neuropharmacology Group.
  • Dr. Maggie Davis with the Yale Translational Brain Imaging Program, spoke about neurotransmitter systems’ role in mental illness and available treatments. She graciously shared her slide presentation with us here.
  • David Fitzpatrick, author of memoir, Sharp: My Story of Madness, Cutting and How I Reclaimed My Life
  • Dr. Demitri Papolos, Childhood Bipolar Disorder
  • John Hamilton, Co-Ocurring Disorders, Recovery Network of Programs
  • Dr. Debra Slade, Spirituality & Mental Health, Norwalk Hospital
  • Dr. Michelle Albright, Tools to Keep Calm and Carry On, Weston Youth Services
  • Denique Weidema-Lewis, We can all save lives, RYASAP
  • Dr. Margaret McClure, Borderline Personality Disorder, Fairfield University