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US Autism & Asperger Association, Inc. January 30, 2009

For immediate release

United Methodist Women To Support Autism Conference

Autism Education and Treatment: A Path to Wellness


Salt Lake City, UT, January 29, 2009 – US Autism & Asperger Association (USAAA) and CoMeD, Inc. (aka The Coalition for Mercury – Free Drugs) announced today that they have created a strategic partnership to host the upcoming USAAA / CoMeD 2009 Regional Autism and Asperger Conference held April 30 - May 3, 2009, in Cherry Hill, New Jersey at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. The Women’s Division of the United Methodist Church is co-sponsoring this conference.


“USAAA and CoMeD are very excited to be aligned with the United Methodist Women, an organization of approximately 800,000 members whose purpose includes advocating for justice,” said Lawrence P. Kaplan, PhD, author, researcher and CEO of USAAA. “The main focus of our conference is ‘Autism Education and Treatment: A Path to Wellness’. We are seeking to bring families together through support, hope, possibilities, and solutions.”


“Part of solving the puzzle of autism,” suggested Rev. Lisa Sykes, President of CoMeD, Inc., and an ordained United Methodist minister, “is realizing this generation of children has been placed at risk for neurological disorders, as well as other chronic illnesses, by the mercury-based preservative Thimerosal. As a minister and a mother, I think it is urgent that we assess our current vaccine program morally and ethically.”


“The Women’s Division of the United Methodist Church has emphasized prevention by seeking to urge the medical community to provide informed consent for those getting vaccinations – especially pregnant women and children.  In addition, they want the pharmaceutical companies to get mercury out of all vaccines, including the flu vaccines that are widely available to the general public,” says Julie Taylor, Executive Secretary for Children, Youth and Family Advocacy in the Women’s Division.  “What is helpful about this conference is that it also seeks to address what it means to live with autism.” 


The conference assembles leading experts on autism spectrum disorders. Speakers will focus on ways to improve the quality of life for the affected individuals and their families/caregivers by conducting presentations in the areas of educational and medical interventions, research, adjunct therapies, diet and nutrition, and family issues.


“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 are armed with tools, support, and empowerment.”


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:


About 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


About CoMeD:

CoMeD (The Coalition for Mercury-free Drugs) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Their mission is to reduce the level of mercury in all drugs, and end the knowing addition of mercury, in any form, to vaccines and other drugs. For more information, please visit


About The Women’s Division of the United Methodist Church:

United Methodist Women is an organization of approximately 800,000 members whose purpose is to foster spiritual growth, develop leaders and advocate for justice.  Members engage in ministries with more than 100 mission institutions and their programs and projects related to women. For more information, please visit                                               



US Autism & Asperger Association

L. Kaplan

801-816-1234, ext. 9



CoMeD, Inc.

Paul G. King

973-263-4843 or, after 8:00 PM (Eastern Time), 973-331-0131



The Women’s Division of the United Methodist Church

Julie Taylor

202-488-5660, ext. 202





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