USAAA 2007 International Conference Impacts over 900 Families, Practitioners, and Educators in Denver, plus a worldwide viewing audience during a live webcast
Denver, Colorado... Over 900 families, practitioners, educators and individuals with autism attended the USAAA 2007 International Autism and Asperger Conference in Denver, Colorado last week during a 4 day period. Thirty-three of the world’s most renowned leading autism experts presented new interventions and new research in both education and medicine. Sixty-six companies exhibited products and services.
Blogs during the conference
Channel 7, Denver, an ABC affiliate asked David Kaplan to provide daily blogs on the conference. David is a sibling of a brother with autism who attended this year's conference and blogged his experience over four days last week.
To view the conference blogs,
Click here for day 1
Click here for day 2
Click here for day 3
Click here for day 4
USAAA wishes to thank Theresa Wrangham, Bridget Sargent, Gena Rieck, Sue Thomas and the entire Autism Society of Boulder County Board and volunteers for co-hosting the conference. The conference would not have been possible without the many contributions from speakers, registrants, members, sponsors, exhibitors, advertisers and volunteers. Thanks to all of you from the USAAA staff, Board of Directors and Advisory Board members.
A special thanks to my family - my wife Gail, and our three boys, David, Daniel and Nathan. - Larry Kaplan, Founder and Executive Director, USAAA
Major medical announcement presented last week at conference
New findings of a study involving hyperbaric oxygen therapy were released August 10th in Denver at the USAAA conference. To watch a news report from Channel 4, CBS affiliate in Denver, click here. To hear the entire presentation from Dr. Dan Rossignol, click here to purchase the DVD or audio CD from Zenworksproductions.com.
TACA Mentoring Moms Support USAAA Conference
TACA mentoring moms Carline Banks (l) and Julia Berle (r) take time out from their busy schedule in helping parents to pose with Shannon Kenitz, Executive Director, International Hyperbarics Association
TACA (Talk About Curing Autism, www.tacanow.org) mentoring moms Carline Banks and Julia Berle were available to parents during the conference to help ease the frustration, navigate the confusing "system" and help jump start the family with action for their child affected by autism. Mentors are fellow, volunteer parents with a wealth of knowledge, many with a recovered child or with a child well on the road to recovery. The mentors guided hundreds of families during the conference.
Carline Banks and her husband, Steve, have three boys, one of whom has autism. They have been treating their son's autism biomedically for over four years. After observing how biomedical treatment benefited their son, Carline felt compelled to help other families facing similar challenges. She became a volunteer with Talk About Curing Autism (TACA), in which she serves as a parent mentor and co-coordinator of its San Diego chapter. Carline has presented, "A Parent's Perspective on the Holistic Approach to Treating Autism," and she has also done presentations on the low-oxalate diet, a diet that has been very effective for her son.
Julia Berle is mother to three children; Baxter 8, Peter 6 and Eliza 3. Through a variety of interventions Baxter has recovered from his autism diagnosis. She and Baxter have shared his success story on Good Morning America, Dateline NBC, numerous local California news stations as well as in a variety of printed publications. Supporting parents and caregivers through the journey of autism is of paramount importance to Julia as it can often be an exhaustive and potentially isolating battle with seemingly little hope. Baxter is currently a joyful, social little dude, that attends a typical classroom with no supports or therapy. Julia recently presented at the Autism Today/USAAA Autism Vancouver Biennial Conference last March. Julia’s background includes: B.S. SLP / ECE, A.A. Interpreting Nationally Certified Interpreter for the Deaf, Early Intervention Specialist and Special Education Consultant Founding Parent of Generation Rescue (www.generationrescue.org) and a TACA coordinator in Los Angeles.
Thank you to Carline and Julia for their tremendous help to families attending the conference this year.
Orlando , Florida, February 14-17
We look forward to seeing all of you in Orlando, Florida, February 14-17 as Autism Today and USAAA co-host Autism Orlando Biennial Conference 2008 at the beautiful Caribe Royale Orlando All-Suites Hotel and Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. Eighteen leading experts will present biomedical and behavioral interventions, and attendees will bring home invaluable new research and therapies to implement immediately. More information will be available soon.
USAAA 2008 International Conference will be held in August. The location will be announced in September or October.
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