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US Autism & Asperger Association
October 12, 2011

Welcome to USAAA WeeklyNews, an email newsletter that addresses a range of topics on Autism Spectrum Disorders including Asperger's Syndrome.

On October 27-30, the US Autism & Asperger Association launches its 6th annual world conference. After four days, you will leave armed with tools of practical protocols, valuable hope, and new resources for support for your child, grandchild, niece, nephew, patient, friend, student, or yourself.


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Featuring over 30 of the world's most respected autism experts, including: Eustacia Cutler, playwright, author, and mother of Temple Grandin; Stephen Shore, EdD, world-renowned lecturer and professor who overcame his autism challenges; Tim Page, Pulitzer Prize-winner, professor and author of Parallel Play, an autobiographical account of "Growing up with Undiagnosed Asperger's; Jerry Kartzinel, MD, a physician and NY Times best-selling author who has treated thousands of persons with ASD; Raun K. Kaufman, diagnosed as incurably autistic and the subject of an award-winning NBC television movie; and Elaine Hall, author, actor, and creator of the critically-acclaimed theater arts program, The Miracle Project.

Pulitzer Prize-winner to Present at USAAA Conference, Tim Page

phillip demioTim Page is a professor at both the Thornton School of Music and the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California.

Page won the Pulitzer Prize for criticism in 1997 for his writings about music in The Washington Post, where he held the position of chief classical music critic since 1995. Prior to coming to the Post, he served as the chief music critic for Newsday and as a music and cultural writer for The New York Times. Page was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Connecticut in 2005.

"[Parallel Play is] Fascinating... In this tender but unsparing look back, Page...[leaves] readers to ponder how a condition that bedevils and isolates can also yield magicianly talent, originality, and grit." —O, The Oprah Magazine

Page was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome in 2000. He is the author of Parallel Play, an autobiographical account of "Growing up with Undiagnosed Asperger's". Full Bio

Page will be presenting on Friday, October 28, at the USAAA 2011 World Conference & Expo, Seattle, Washington. He will also be participating as a panelist on "Self Advocacy - Experiences, Perspectives, and Challenges" on Friday.

Self Advocacy - Experiences, Perspectives, and Challenges
Abstract: The panelists presenting in this workshop each describe his or her personal experiences with autism or Asperger’s Syndrome in the areas of Visual Thinking, Sensory Problems, Difficulties with Communication, Socialization, Work Environment, Education, and many other challenges they face each day. Panelists discuss challenges and transitioning through the life span.

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The 7 Keys to Unlock Autism, Elaine Hall

kartzinelElaine Hall...The New York Times references Elaine Hall, aka “CoachE”, as the “Child Whisperer” based on the her innovative theater arts program, The Miracle Project, which she created for children of all abilities. She is also one of the subjects of the two time Emmy Award winning HBO documentary Autism: The Musical (produced by Janet Grillo) and has appeared on CNN, CBS News, Oprah Radio and has been featured in The LA Times, New York Times and Wall Street Journal. Using her experiences as a professional acting coach she was able to found the theater program, Kids On Stage: LA, and has since gone on to write and direct over 30 children's plays.

"In this especially timely, painstakingly positive work, a children's film coach recounts her adoption of a troubled Russian toddler and her long, tortuous, ultimately enlightening journey to treat his nonverbal autism.
—Publishers Weekly review of Now I See the Moon

She lives in Santa Monica, CA, with the two loves of her life, her teenage son, Neal, who has autism and her husband Jeff, a Play Therapist.

Elaine's is the author of Now I See the Moon, and her new book, Seven Keys to Unlock Autism: Making Miracles in the Classroom, will be released in a few weeks. Elaine is a cast member in the role of Ms. Quinlan of the new movie, Fly Away, produced and directed by Janet Grillo. Full Bio

Elaine will be presenting "The 7 Keys to Unlock Autism", on Friday, October 28, at the USAAA 2011 World Conference & Expo, Seattle, Washington. She will also be participating as a panelist on "Adjunct Therapies" and "Behavioral, Developmental, and Educational Interventions", on Friday.

The 7 Keys to Unlock Autism
Abstract: Children with autism spectrum disorder are often looked at for their deficits. The seven keys uncover and develop the diverse skills, wisdom, and talents of children on the spectrum. Each key includes an interactive exercise, examples of ways to navigate potential obstacles, and offers educators, parents, and other caregivers specific and actionable techniques to reach "seemingly unreachable" children on the autism spectrum and teach students of all abilities..

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My Autism Team, Eric Peacockneubrander

Eric Peacock is the General Manager of MyAutismTeam – a site where parents of children with autism go to find and recommend great autism providers for their kids and to connect with others parents like them. was launched in April 2011 in partnership with Autism Speaks, Parents Helping Parents, and Easter Seals, (and has now partnered with US Autism & Asperger Association) and already has a database of more than 35,000 autism providers and autism-friendly businesses.

"Connect with other parents all over the U.S. Find the best team of providers to help your child thrive.

Eric’s first introduction to the Autism Spectrum came 7 years ago when in the span of one month his nephew was diagnosed with Asperger’s and the child of very close friends was diagnosed with PDD-NOS. Watching the struggle his brother and his friends went through to find the right people to help their children - as well as the hoops they had to jump through in order to pay for such help – got Eric interested in using the web to help connect parents in the autism community and share their knowledge. Eric is a graduate of the Stanford Graduate School of Business and Harvard College. Full Bio

Eric will be presenting on "the Support Services " panel discussion on Saturday, October 29, at the USAAA 2011 World Conference & Expo, Seattle, Washington.

Learning Outcomes

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October 27-30: USAAA 2011 World Conference & Expo, Seattle, Washington

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Whether you've just received a diagnosis of autism or you've struggled for years to find answers, you know how difficult it can be to find hope. The vast amount of information, in cyberspace or print, from doctors to friends, on special diets to social skills, can overwhelm even the most dedicated parent. How can you sort through the junk mail and begin down the road to success?

"The primary function of the USAAA conference is where parents, caregivers, health care practitioners, individuals with autism, students, educators, therapists and anyone who wants to learn more about services and treatment for persons living with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can learn about effective interventions – both medical and educational.

Introducing the US Autism & Asperger Association 2011 World Conference & Expo. The theme: "Autism Education and Treatment: A Road to Wellness." The goal: to demystify the confusion around autism and to arm you with tools of practical protocols and new resources. After four days, you will leave the conference with a considerable head start down the road to wellness.

With an unprecedented conference format and presentations from some of the most respected experts in the international autism community, the USAAA conference is a can't-miss opportunity. Here's a sneak peek at just a few of the conference highlights:

  • "Meet Temple Grandin's Mother - Coming to Terms with Expectations"
  • "The 7 Keys to Unlock Autism"
  • "The Doctors Who Treat Autism Spectrum Disorders"
  • Panel workshops on advocacy, adjunct therapies, biomedical interventions, nutrition, support services, and more

"Full 4-day packages start at just $95.

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