ASA To Host National Meeting on Autism Epidemic -July 7-10

April 16, 2014 | Category:Press Releases | Author: Aspergers in Children

BETHESDA, MD (PRWEB) July 3, 2004

Several of the country’s premier experts in autism will convene at a national conference in July to present the newest findings in autism spectrum issues, the fastest-increasing developmental disability in the United States right now. Topics to be covered at the Autism Society of America’s “35th Annual Conference on Autism Spectrum Issues: Soaring to New Heights,” range from the most recent theories on achievable causes to educational and medical therapies to the newest test for diagnosing the disorder earlier in life, a essential element to enhancing outcomes for these with autism.

The conference, which will be held in Seattle, WA, on July 7-10, 2004, contains a lot more than 120 keynote, function, and concurrent session speakers. Keynote speakers consist of: Geraldine Dawson, Ph.D. (University of Washington), who will overview some of the most current findings on brain development and early recognition of autism Brenda Smith Myles, Ph.D. (University of Kansas), who will talk on techniques for people with Asperger syndrome Brian Iwata, Ph.D. (University of Florida), who will speak on finding out and behaviors of men and women with autism, such as self-injurious behaviors (head-banging, eye-poking, biting) and Liane Holliday Willey, Ph.D., who will speak about her journey following her diagnosis with mild Asperger syndrome.

Other featured speakers consist of: Bryna Siegel, Ph.D. (University of California, San Francisco), who will speak about her newly-published early screening test for autism, which has been developed assist experts and non-pros recognize feasible autism as early as 18 months of age James Adams, Ph.D. (Arizona State University), who will provide an overview of the scientific information relating to the hypothesis that mercury poisoning is a achievable lead to of some circumstances of autism and Soma Mukhopadhyay, a teacher and mother from India, who developed her own trademark teaching approach (the “Rapid Prompting Method”) to instruct her son Tito, who is now a published writer and poet, in spite of his serious autism.

Also on tap are a number of special events, like ASA’s “Evening of Champions” dinner to honor three unique heroes to the autism neighborhood – internationally-recognized researcher Geraldine Dawson, Ph.D., CONVIO Net website founder Vinay Bhagat, and world-renowned drummer Charlie Adams (of the band “Yanni”), with specific guest appearances expected by players from the Seattle SuperSonics, (Nick Collison and other individuals), and the Seattle Seahawks.

Once thought to be a uncommon disorder, autism now impacts an estimated 1 in 250 young children in the nation, according to the Centers for Disease Manage and Prevention, and is developing at staggering prices. According to a chart released by ASA in April, while the quantity of young children with disabilities in schools in total enhanced 28.4% more than the school years 1991/92 to 2000/2001, the quantity of children with autism shot up 1,354% more than the very same 9-year period. That’s an typical of much more than 30% annually.

“Autism is at epidemic levels and is continuing to grow at staggering rates, and we nonetheless do not why,” Lee Grossman, Chairman of the Autism Society of America (ASA) Board of Directors, said. “It is our hope that this conference will assist boost our understanding of autism and offer numerous of answers that healthcare experts, educators, and parents need to have to far better identify, treat, and support those affected by the disorder.”

“Autism at present fees the U.S. economy at estimated $ 90 billion a year, and, if existing trends continue, we estimate that this will develop to $ 200-$ 400 billion within the subsequent ten years,” ASA President Rob Beck stated. “It is consequently imperative that our nation increase funding for research into the causes of autism, and that we substantially boost our efforts to identify and treat those affected by the disorder as early as achievable. We know that early diagnosis benefits in early intervention which significantly improves the lengthy-term outcomes for those affected by the disorder, rising the odds that they will grow to be active, contributing members of society.”

To find out much more about the ASA national conference and the presentations scheduled to address these and a lot of other crucial issues, please pay a visit to the conference portion of the ASA Net web site (, or make contact with Ronita Wisniewski, ASA’s Director of Communications by phone (301-657-0881, ext. 118) or e-mail (

About the Autism Society of America:

ASA is the oldest and largest grassroots organization inside the autism neighborhood, with more than 200 chapters and over 50,000 members and supporters nationwide. ASA is the leading source of education, info and referral about autism and has been the leader in advocacy and legislation initiatives for more than three decades.

About Autism:

Autism is a brain disorder that impacts a person’s ability to communicate, to cause, and to interact with other folks. It is a spectrum disorder that affects folks differently and to varying degrees of severity. Autism affects an estimated 1 in 250 individuals, or about 1.5 million Americans. It is four times far more frequent in boys than girls, and it is discovered equally in all walks of life and in all populations around the planet.


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