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REMINDER! Perspectives in Autism Conference

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  • Susan Leiby
    REMINDER! Time is running out to register for the 2010 SC Autism Society s Perspectives in Autism conference! Below you will find detail about the Conference
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 28, 2010

      REMINDER!  Time is running out to register for the 2010 SC Autism Society’s Perspectives in Autism conference!  Below you will find detail about the Conference and information on how to register.  Note that the hotel rate was listed incorrectly in previous emails.  The correct rate is $89 per night.


      If you have any additional questions, please contact the SC Autism Society’s Columbia office at 803-750-6988 or 800-438-4790.




      Please join the South Carolina Autism Society for our 2010 Perspectives in Autism Conference!  Below you will find a summary of all activities related to the conference.  You are certain to find this a great informational and educational event.  Registrations are available for individuals days or the entire conference.


      The following links will assist you in preparing for the Conference:


      Hotel:   Fairfield Inn Columbia Northwest

      320 Columbiana Drive, Columbia , SC   29212 (I-26 Exit 103, Harbison Blvd. )

      A special rate of $89/night is available.  Please contact the hotel directly at 803-732-4436


      Bookstore & Silent Auction:  Visit the SCAS Bookstore and Silent Auction while at the Conference!  We will have a variety of books and autism awareness products available for purchase, as well as the always-anticipated Silent Auction.  We accept cash, checks, and credit cards.


      Resource Fair:  Various exhibitors will be on-hand, so stop by and find out more about available services and products.


      Conference Schedule


      Thursday, October 7, 2010

      6:00 pm            Nickelodeon Theatre to host Mozart and the Whale

      The Nickelodeon theater is offering a special showing of “Mozart and the Whale” at 6:00 pm on Thursday, October 7th. Mr. Jerry Newport, who the male character in the movie was based on and our speaker for Friday, will be at the Nick afterward to talk to folks and answer questions. This will be very special for those folks interested in him, the movie and want a special sneak preview of him before he speaks on Friday. The Nickelodeon is located at 937 Main Street, Columbia, SC 29201. Visit the Nickelodeon website for show times and admission information.  Note that admission is not included in the Conference fee.

      Friday, October 8, 2010


                  8:00 – 9:00        Registration (Bookstore is open)

                  9:00 – 9:15        Welcome by Roy Williams, SCAS Board Chair

                  9:15 – 10:30      Jerry Newport, Author, Advocate

                                          “We Will Outlive You”

      Jerry Newport will present on the topic, “We Will Outlive You,” focusing on the fact that most people with any kind of autism will outlive their parents and other people prominent in their early support community.  Jerry Newport is an internationally known author, advocate and person with Asperger syndrome and is married to a Mary, who also has Asperger syndrome. Both Jerry and Mary are also savants and were featured twice on “Sixty Minutes,“ the second time after a movie they inspired, “Mozart and The Whale.” www.realmozart-whale.com

                  10:30 – 10:45    Break (Bookstore is open)

                  10:45 – 12:00    Jerry Newport, continued

                                          Conclusions & Questions

                  12:00 – 1:00      Lunch (provided)

                  1:00 – 3:00        Dennis Reid, PhD

                                          “Enhancing Application of Evidence-Based Practices:  Effective Strategies for Teacher, Parent, and Staff Training”

      Dennis Reid (Ph.D., Florida State University, 1975) has over 35 years experience as a manager and clinician working with people with autism and other developmental disabilities, and has consulted with human service agencies in the majority of states of the United States as well as Canada and New Zealand . He has published over 100 refereed journal articles focusing on applied behavior analysis and developmental disabilities and authored or co-authored seven books and three training curricula. In 2007 he was awarded Fellowship status in the Association for Behavior Analysis International and in 2006 received the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Annual Research Award. Dennis is the founder and current director of the Carolina Behavior Analysis and Support Center in Morganton , North Carolina . His company has employed adults with severe autism in a supported work capacity for over 15 years.

      Dr. Reid’s presentation will summarize ways of working with caregivers and support personnel to promote application of evidence-based practices with people who have Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Initially, a summary of what constitutes evidence-based practices will be provided along with the importance of such practices for providing truly effective supports and services for individuals with ASD. The need for training caregivers in evidence-based practices will then be highlighted along with effective and practical means of training caregivers. The emphasis will be on using training strategies with caregivers that are also evidence-based. Recommended training strategies will be described and demonstrated in ways to promote ready application by presentation attendees. Common mistakes and pitfalls to avoid with usual caregiver-training procedures will likewise be presented.

      Objectives: As a result of attending this presentation, trainees will be able to:

      1.       Identify two basic criteria necessary for a behavior-change procedure to be considered evidence-based.

      2.       Identify and demonstrate five basic steps of a performance- and competency-based strategy for training caregivers to apply evidence-based practices.

      3.       Identify two common mistakes typically made when attempting to train caregivers.

      4.       Describe a systematic, evidence-based strategy for ensuring proficient application of evidence-based practices following caregiver training.

      3:00 – 3:15        Break (Bookstore is open)

      3:15 – 4:00        Dennis Reid, continued

                              Conclusion & Questions


      Saturday, October 9, 2010


                  8:00 – 8:45        Registration (Bookstore is open)

                  8:45 – 9:00        Welcome by Roy Williams, SCAS Board Chair

                  9:15 – 10:30      Ann Palmer, Author & Mother

                                          “Autism:  Beyond the Diagnosis”

      Ann Palmer is an author, a parent, and a professional in the field of autism. She will discuss the impact of parenting a child with autism from the time of diagnosis through adulthood. From her own experience as a parent and her many years of working with families, she will share what family members go through following the diagnosis and some of the surprising consolations that come from this experience. She will also discuss her personal experience of parenting a son with autism who attended college and some of the strategies they used to prepare for this transition and help her son be successful in college.


      1.       The audience will understand what a parent experiences when their child is diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Diagnosis.

      2.       The audience will learn about ways to support families who are living with autism.

      3.       The audience will discover consolations and benefits of parenting a child with autism.

      4.       The audience will learn about the importance of teaching functional skills in preparing the individual with autism for adulthood.

      5.       The audience will learn that individuals with ASD are lifelong learners and the future can hold many possibilities and opportunities.

      10:30 – 11:00    Break (Bookstore is open)

      11:00 – 12:00    Ann Palmer, continued

                              Conclusions & Questions

      12:00 – 2:00      Lunch (provided)

                              Annual Meeting & Awards

                  * bookstore/silent auction closes at 12:30

      2:00 – 2:30        Pick up silent auction items


      Should you have any additional questions about the 2010 Perspectives in Autism Conference, please contact the South Carolina Autism Society at 803-750-6988 or 800-438-4790.  We look forward to seeing you in October!



      Susan Leiby                                                                                                                                                   

      Special Events Coordinator, Strides for Autism

      Project Coordinator, "All Are Welcome"

      South Carolina Autism Society

      864-241-8669 (office)

      864-517-0501 (cell)




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