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US Autism & Asperger Association, Inc. January 15 , 2007

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Salt Lake City, UT & Louisville, CO US Autism & Asperger Association, Inc. (USAAA) ( kicks off its annual International Autism and Asperger Conference ( in Denver, Colorado, August 8-11, 2007.   Some of the world’s most renowned leading autism experts will present new interventions and new research in both education and medicine.  The conference is co-hosted by Autism Society of Boulder County (ASBC) ( and will be held at the Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center.

"This is an incredible opportunity for parents/caregivers and professionals to attend one of the most comprehensive autism conferences in North America, explained L.P. Kaplan, PhD, USAAA Executive Director. Colorado will be hosting the who’s who of the autism world.  Kaplan added “Attendees will receive information that will empower them to help their children, family, patients, friends, and others touched by autism." 

Theresa Wrangham, ASBC’s President added “We are thrilled to host USAAA in Colorado and bring cutting edge information from leaders in biomedical and behavioral treatments of autism to our community.” 

Three keynote speakers will highlight the conference. Temple Grandin, PhD, inarguably the most accomplished and well-known adult with autism in the world, will present Thursday, August 9th.  She has been featured on major television programs, such as "ABC's Primetime Live", the "Today Show", "Larry King Live", "48 Hours" and "20/20" and written up in national publications, such as Time magazine, People magazine, Forbes, U.S. News and World Report, and New York Times.

Arthur Krigsman, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor at NYU Medical Center and on staff at Thoughtful House Center for Children, will present Friday, August 10th. Dr. Krigsman has extensive experience in the evaluation and treatment of gastrointestinal pathology common in children with autistic spectrum disorder, and has detailed the symtomatology and endoscopic/histopathologic character of this disease in this unique, poorly understood group of children.

Shannon Kenitz, Executive Director of the International Hyperbarics Association, will present Saturday, August 11th.  Kenitz knows firsthand the heartbreak and struggles of having a child with a disability.  Her youngest daughter, Grace, was diagnosed with a very rare mitochondrial disorder that kept her in the hospital virtually for the first three years of her life.  Grace more recently has been diagnosed on the autism spectrum.  Shannon did not accept the recommendation to cease life-prolonging measures.  And because of that, Grace progressed to feed herself, recover from blindness, and at almost 7-years old, walk for the first time unassisted on January 20, 2006. 

Other notable speakers include Dr. Jeff Bradstreet (The International Child Development Center), Dr. Michael Uszler (senior staff physician in Nuclear Medicine at Santa Monica – UCLA Medical Center and Assistant Clinical Professor of Medical and Molecular Pharmacology at UCLA), Dr. James Neubrander (virtual ‘father” of methylcobalamin), Dr. Mark Geier (former professor at John Hopkins University and researcher at the National Institutes of Health), David Geier (president of MedCon, Inc., and former research scientist at the National Institutes of Health), Dr, Valerie Paradiz, (Director of Education at the Asperger Institute in New York University's Child Study Center), Dr. Phillip DeMio, Dr. Dan Rossignol (The International Child Development Center), Dr. William Shaw, Dr. Lauren Underwood, Stan Kurtz, Dr. Doreen Granpeesheh, Valerie Herskowitz, MA-CCC-SLP, Dr. Brenda Smith Myles (Associate Professor at the University of Kansas and Chief of Programs and Development of the Ohio Center for Autism), Patricia Lemer, Med, NCC, author Stephen Shore...…and many more.

The annual conference provides comprehensive, evidence-based information to assist parents, family members, caregivers, physicians, educators, therapists, social workers, nurses, and other professionals in building effective interventions for all individuals with autism spectrum disorders.

Presentations include, “Autism from Inside Out; Brain Spect Imaging”, “Evidence of Genetic and Gender Susceptibilities Resulting in Impaired Heavy Metal and Xenobiotic Efflux in Autism”, “Recovery is Possible: Using Biomarkers to Determine the Best Clinical Therapies”, “Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy and Autism”, “Evaluation and Treatment of Gastrointestinal Pathology Common in Children with ASD”, “Prioritizing Therapies for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders”, “Sensory Processing and Children on the Autism Spectrum”, “Bringing Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) Therapy and Biomedical Treatments Together”, “Everyday Law to Special Education”, “Examining Five Promising Approaches for Working with Children on the Autism Spectrum”, and  “Epidemiology and other evidence on what caused the autism epidemic and new treatment protocol for autism”.

Dr. Kaplan says that “what is so exciting today is that we have new research, interventions and tools, (such as hyperbaric oxygen therapy, methyl B-12, neurofeedback, computer-based programs, wireless enteroscopy, integrative medicine, lab testing utilizing urinary porphyrins as markers for heavy metal testing, visual input, enzymes, new autism protocols, sensitivity reduction technique, low oxalate diets), that improve the function and well-being of our children that didn’t exist just a few years ago. After three days, attendees will go home armed with tools of practical protocols, valuable hope, and new resources for support. I can’t emphasize enough the magnitude of this conference.”

A conference scholarship program is available to help family members who would not otherwise be able to attend the conference. All workshops and presentations are CME and CEU accredited for professionals.  There are over 60 national and international companies exhibiting new and innovative products at the three-day conference. 

USAAA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The USAAA mission is to enhance the quality of life of individuals and their families/caregivers touched by autism spectrum disorders by providing educational and family support through conferences/seminars and published and electronic mediums. USAAA was the first autism and Asperger organization to provide a worldwide live webcast of its International conference last August from Park City, Utah, produced by USAAA WebTVLive.

ASBC's mission is to raise autism awareness in by supporting all Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) individuals and their families and professionals.  ASBC provides information on all topics related to autism, educational support, autism research and legislation. ASBC is an all volunteer charitable 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and an extension of Autism Society of America.  

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L.P. Kaplan, PhD, Executive Director
US Autism & Asperger Association, Inc. (USAAA)
P.O. Box 532
Draper, Utah 84020-0532
Tel: (801) 649-5752
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Theresa K. Wrangham, President
Autism Society of Boulder County
An Autism Society of America Chapter
Serving Boulder & Broomfield Counties
Tel: (720) 272-8231




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