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Autism DVD Series To Premiere At USAAA International Conference
Featuring "Unlocking the World of Autism: 7 Keys to Becoming Miracle Minded"
Los Angeles, California, June 25, 2009 – US Autism & Asperger Association (USAAA) announced today that the series, "Unlocking the World of Autism: 7 Keys to Becoming Miracle Minded," will premiere at the USAAA 2009 International Conference. Segments of the series will be shown during the opening night of the conference, Thursday, July 9, 2009 at the Westin LAX Airport Hotel in Los Angeles. The conference runs from Thursday evening, July 9 - Sunday, July 12, 2009.
This new series features the unique methodology developed by Elaine Hall founder of The Miracle Project, a musical theater and film program developed for children with autism and other special needs, which was recently profiled in HBO’s Emmy award-winning documentary, Autism: The Musical.
"We are very excited to introduce this new series to the public for the first time at our conference," said Lawrence P. Kaplan, PhD, Founder and CEO of US Autism & Asperger Association. "The DVD series, developed for staff who work with children with special needs, demonstrates techniques from The Miracle Project, which integrates creativity into traditional therapies for daily interaction with children with autism."
Featuring Professor Stephen Shore, EdD, USAAA Advisory Board member, international speaker and author who has autism, the series progresses through seven integrated and sequential keys to understanding autism and making connections with children on the autism spectrum.
Also slated for the opening night of the conference will be a live performance from the cast of the movie Autism: The Musical.
“Parents of children with autism spectrum disorders are encouraged to attend the conference and obtain information that may be helpful in finding the resources needed for recovery, advocacy, education and achieving a better quality of life. This conference will be very beneficial for parents and loved ones because not only will they get an incredible amount of information, they will be inspired. One of our main goals of this conference is to give people hope,” said Dr. Kaplan. “When attendees walk away from the conference, they will be armed with tools of practical protocols, valuable hope, and new resources for support for your child, grandchild, patient, student, or yourself.”
With thirty-eight of the world leading autism spectrum disorder speakers, celebrities, and sessions including a sibling panel discussion, clinics and workshops, every day at the USAAA 2009 International Annual Conference is packed with information including treating physicians, educational and developmental therapies, nutritional interventions, financial planning, plus more. Premiering for the first time at an autism conference will be special presentations on Beyond Diagnosis: A guide to Identifying Needs, Prioritizing Interventions, and Advocating for Individuals with High Functioning Autism and Asperger's Syndrome, and Exploring Cognitive Ability in Nonverbal Individuals with ASD.
In addition to the presentations, there will be many exhibitors showcasing their products and services, including new therapies, which, in many cases, have dramatically improved the lives of individuals diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder.
Don't miss this opportunity to learn about new interventions and treatment options.
For more information, go to the following link: www.usautism.org.
About US Autism & Asperger Association (USAAA)
US Autism & Asperger Association (USAAA) is a leading 501(c)(3) non-profit organization for autism spectrum disorders education, support, and solutions. The goal of USAAA is to “Provide the Opportunity” for individuals with autism spectrum disorders to achieve their fullest potential. For more information, please visit www.usautism.org.
About the Miracle Project
The Miracle Project (www.themiracleproject.com) is a musical theater and film program developed for children with autism and other special needs as well as their typically developing peers, siblings, other family members, neighbors, and volunteers. The program utilizes music, movement, and drama to nurture self-expression and social skills, which are areas in which children with autism are typically challenged. As profiled in HBO’s Emmy award-winning documentary, Autism: The Musical, The Miracle Project effectively integrates traditional therapies and creative protocols in an interactive, social dynamic.
About Elaine Hall
Elaine Hall, founder of The Miracle Project, is often referred to by her students and their parents as “Coach E.” She is an educator, global autism enrichment program ambassador, writer, motivational speaker, performer and professional acting coach.
About Diane Isaacs
A partner in The Miracle Project with Elaine Hall, Diane brings her diverse career experience as a film and television producer to its multi platform educational and entertainment content to create awareness and community for autism.
US Autism & Asperger Association, Inc.