Saturday, February 11, 2006

March & April Events

Some upcoming conferences & events:

• Manhattan DD Legislative Breakfast

Our next meeting is March 8th, but put the Manhattan Developmental Disabilities Council's Legislative Breakfast the next day March 9th from 8 to 10AM, on your calendar if you are ready to think about political advocacy for our kids and the agencies that provide services to help them. The location is one floor up from the Cafe, so it'll be easy to find.

• Working Together ABA Conference at the New York Academy of Medicine, March 30 and 31

This conference is co-sponsored by some of the strongest ABA school programs in the tri-state area: Alpine Learning Group, Eden II Programs, Nassau-Suffolk Services for Autism, and the Connecticut Child Development Center. Sessions will be of interest to ABA professionals, who can get Continuing Education Units required for maintaining their certifications, and for parents interested in a better grasp of behavioral methods. The program for this conference is not available online, but I'll send you a .pdf if you write me at lynn_decker at

DAN! Conference, April 7 to 10 in Washington DC

THE conference on alternative health approaches for Autism Spectrum kids is within driving distance of NYC. I've been to two DAN! Conferences, and though we still do not implement everything on the DAN menu of methods, I always find the conference inspiring, initially overwhelming, but usually a very helpful exercise in refocusing our nutritional and biomedical efforts.


Kristina Chew said...

Thank you for posting about these. I also wondered if you might post a "save the date" for a conference on "hope and witness" and autism advocacy in education and religion that my husband, Dr. James T. Fisher, is organizing for Oct. 27th, Friday, at Fordham's Lincoln Center campus. He is still working on the speaker line-up; it will include autistic adults, parents, and educators from NYC. I can send you more details as they arise.

Thank you!

Kristina Chew, Ph.D.

Juliette said...

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Please contact me if you would like to share your story and to help me contribute to much needed literature on family education of ASD.