2019 Autism Conference, Savannah International Trade & Convention Center, Thursday, 28. February 2019

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It’s the 4th year for our conference, and the pride that we feel for the content our speakers are bringing to our community is difficult to measure. We are a small organization with BIG dreams for the autistic community in Savannah.
It is currently estimated that 1:59 people are diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. This means that, to varying degrees, 1:59 people process, communicate and socialize in the world differently that society often dictates.
In other words, they are neurodiverse.
Our conference, strives to bring neurodiversity and inclusion to the center of the conversation. We strive to place autistic voices at the forefront. In addtion, we bring in experts on a range of topics 
This year, workshops will address services and supports for self-advocates, parents, educators, and clinicians.
                                                                 KEYNOTE SPEAKER:
                                               Back by popular demand: TEMPLE GRANDIN
                                                          Don't miss this opportunity!
Dr. Grandin continues to focus the work of autism advocacy around her message that “differently-abled brains” and contends that having rigid academic and social expectations could wind up “stifling a mind that, while it may struggle to conjugate a verb, could one day take us to distant stars.”
Dr. Grandin’s message also focuses on the importance of having high expectations of children. She strongly values the importance of work skills and understanding that there are different kinds of specialized thinking. In her book The Autistic Brain, Dr. Grandin lays out that there are photo realistic/visual thinkers, math/pattern thinkers, and word thinkers.
Dr. Temple Grandin’s first book "Emergence: Labeled Autistic" was cited by Dr. Oliver Sacks as being “unprecedented because there had never before been an inside narrative of autism.”
Inclusive education and classroom management (K-12); Adpative skill development and promoting independence; Writing, typing and sensory strategies; community building and future planning; discrepancies in minorities receiving diagnoses and access to resources; Behavioral Interventions; Thinking outside the social services box; The way we talk about and understand autism;  Guardianship reform and supported decision making; Assistive and Augmentative Communication; Employment; Friendship and belonging.

              2019 speakers include (but are not limited to!): 
Paula Kluth: Dr. Paula Kluth is a consultant, teacher, author, advocate, and independent scholar who works with teachers and families to provide inclusive opportunities for students with disabilities, and create more responsive and engaging schooling experiences for all learners. Paula is a former special educator who has served as a classroom teacher and inclusion facilitator. Her professional interests include differentiating instruction, active learning, and inclusive schooling.
Dr. Kluth is the author of numerous books and products including Universal Design Daily, 30 Days to the Co-Taught Classroom, Don’t We Already Do Inclusion?, From Text Maps to Memory Caps: 100 More Ways to Differentiate Instruction in k-12 Inclusive Classrooms, and You’re Going to Love the Kid!. Paula is also the director of a documentary film titled We Thought You’d Never Ask: Voices of People with Autism.
Lynn Adams, PhD, CCC-SLP: Lynn Adams is a nationally certified Speech-Language pathologist with over 30 years of experience working with children and families impacted by Autism Spectrum Disorder. She is a former university professor who is currently working in a pediatric private practice in North Carolina.
Thomas F. Coleman: Tom is an attorney whose professional career advocating for various civil rights causes has spanned more than four decades. He has participated in cases before the supreme courts of California, Alaska, Michigan, New York, and Georgia, as well as the United States Supreme Court. He has written extensively about guardianship reform and access to just for people with developmental disabilities. His advocacy activities are depicted in a recently released documentary film titled Pursuit of Justice. Mr. Coleman is an advocate of safe and legal supported decision-making as an alternative to guardianship. He will be speaking on this topic at the World Congress on ***** Guardianship which will be held later this year in South Korea.
Daniel Wendler: Daniel is the author of "Improve Your Social Skills," and a doctoral student in clinical psychology at George Fox University. After being diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome in high school, Daniel started teaching himself social skills the same way one might learn a foreign language. His TEDx talk, "My Life With Asperger's" has been viewed over 325,000 times.
Scott Kramer: Scott Kramer is from Rossville, Georgia by the Georgia/Tennessee state line in Northwest Georgia. After being diagnosed officially on the autism spectrum in 2007, Scott received written documentation of his autism diagnosis in 2010. A few months after receiving his documentation, Scott founded GCA Centre for ***** Autism | Southeast USA as an adults-only support group. Scott founded the Inaugural Tri-State ***** Autism Symposium. 
Other speakers (pending confirmation) include: Morenike Onaiwu, Lydia XZ Brown, Center for Leadership and Disability at Georgia State University, Tim Vogt Executive Director of Starfire Council, Dr. Kristi Hofstadter-Duke, Kylar Shumway, Christine Cridland. 

Continuing education certificates will be available through Georgia Southern University (pending approval). Credits are issued according to the number of workshops attended. There will be available up to 10.5 hours of contact time. Continuing education certificates must be purchased separately, and are not included in the general admission ticket price. For more information please contact event organizers at fayemrca@
                                                               PAYING BY CHECK
Please select "Pay By Check" when registering and then mail your check to:
Matthew Reardon Center for Autism                                                                                                                      P.O. Box 14669                                                                                                                                                Savannah, GA 31416
Districts requiring something in print in order to submit payment?
1. Select pay by check
2. print out the registration confirmation and bring it to your district as proof of purchase.
       PLEASE NOTE: If checks are not received within 2 weeks, your registration will be cancelled.
                              Contact eroma@ further questions.

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Thursday, 28. February 2019, Savannah International Trade & Convention Center, 2019 Autism Conference

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