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US Autism & Asperger Association Aligns With TouchPoint Autism Services
Prominent Autism Organizations Collaborate for USAAA 2010 World Conference

SALT LAKE CITY, UT - April 23, 2010 - US Autism & Asperger Association, Inc. (USAAA) holds its 5th annual World Conference in St. Louis, Missouri October 1-3, 2010. Some of the world’s most renowned autism experts will present new interventions and new research in both education and medicine. USAAA is collaborating with TouchPoint Autism Services to host the upcoming conference, which will be held at the Hilton St. Louis Airport Hotel.

“USAAA is very excited to be aligned with TouchPoint Autism Services, a Missouri based non-profit organization whose mission is to make a real difference in the quality of life of individuals with autism,” 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’ and bringing families together through support, hope, possibilities and solutions.”

Melanie Mills, MSW, LCSW of TouchPoint added “We are thrilled to be a part of the USAAA World Conference in St. Louis which brings cutting edge information from leaders in medical/biomedical and behavioral/developmental treatments and interventions of autism to our community.”

The three-day conference will kickoff Friday, October 1 featuring Dr. Martha Herbert, an Assistant Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School and a Pediatric Neurologist at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Saturday, October 2, Dr. Temple Grandin and Dr. Stephen Shore, inarguably two the most accomplished and well-known adults with autism in the world will be featured speakers. Dr. Grandin’s fascinating life was recently brought to the screen in an HBO production full-length film, “Temple Grandin”. Dr. Grandin presently works as a Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University. Dr. Shore was diagnosed with "Atypical Development with strong autistic tendencies" and recommended for institutionalization. Dr. Shore is a professor at Adelphi University and has presented at autism conferences in six continents.

The conference will feature nine workshop panels that include Current Status of Research and Strategies for the Future; Medical/Biomedical Cutting Edge Interventions and Treatments; High Functioning Autism and Asperger's Syndrome; Self Advocacy - Experiences, Perspectives, and Challenges; Behavioral/Developmental Approaches; Support Services; Siblings of individuals on the autism spectrum; Adjunct Therapies; and, Bringing it all together.

Notable panelists include Dr. Amy Davis, Dr. John Constantino, Dr. Stephen Kanne, Dr. Mark Geier, Dr. Michael McManmon, Dr. Phillip C. DeMio, Dr. Ruth Anne Rehfeldt, Dr. John Guercio, Aaron Likens, plus many more.

In addition to the presentations and workshop panels, there will be an expo featuring many national and local exhibitors showcasing their many products and services, including new therapies, which in many cases have dramatically improved the lives of individuals with autism spectrum disorders.

The conference is organized by US Autism & Asperger Association in collaboration and supported by TouchPoint Autism Services, Missouri Division of Developmental Disabilities, Missouri’s Project Access, Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Missouri Department of Mental Health plus other local autism and Asperger groups and sponsors.

About US Autism & Asperger Association: US Autism & Asperger Association (USAAA) is a 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 to achieve their fullest potential. For more information, please visit www.usautism.org or call 801-816-1234.

About TouchPoint Autism Services: TouchPoint Autism Services is a non-profit organization whose mission is to make a real difference in the quality of life for children and adults with autism and their families, wherever they may live. To learn more about TouchPoint Autism Services, please visit www.touchpointautism.org or call 314-432-6200.


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