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LIFE’s WORC’S Annual Autism Conference to Be Held October 1

Life’s WORC (www.lifes, a private, not-for-profit organization providing comprehensive support for individuals with developmental disabilities, announced that its 2010 Autism Conference has been scheduled for Oct. 1 at The Marriott, 101 James Doolittle Boulevard, Uniondale. The all day conference, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., will have as its theme, “Building Bridges through Life’s Connections. The featured keynote speaker will be Ray Cepeda, BCaBA, a noted behavior/ program consultant for children with autism spectrum disorders. The organization states his address will answer the question: “Are we doing all that we can to include learners with autism and related developmental disabilities with their peers in regular ed?”

In addition to the keynote address, the program will encompass several educational sessions geared toward educators and other professionals serving individuals with developmental disabilities, as well as parents/family members, and students. They range in topics from, curriculum development, positive behavioral supports, behavior-based teaching strategies and data collection, to mainstreaming strategies, sexual development, meeting the future needs of older adolescents and adults with autism, environmental supports based on the field of Applied Behavior Analysis, promoting independence for adults with ASD, and assessment of individuals with ASD across the lifespan. These topics will be presented by well-respected professionals possessing in-depth knowledge and experience with autism spectrum disorders. MSC credits are available to conference attendees.

Fees for attending the Life’s WORC Autism Conference are as follows: Professionals - $100, Groups of 3 or more - $85 per person, Parents/Family Members - $75 and Students - $75. (To obtain the student discount, a school ID must be faxed or a copy mailed in with registration.) Registration and payment must be received by Sept. 24.

Complete conference information and the program agenda can be found at www./lifesworc. org/conference or call 516-741-9000 ext. 336.