TEACCH Announces its 2011 May Conference Program

The 32nd annual TEACCH Conference will be held May 19 - 20 at the Friday Center. The Conference’s theme will be "Looking through the Looking Glass: Multiple Perspectives on Autism." Featured speakers include John Donvan, Correspondent for ABC News, and Carol Gray, Autism Consultant and President of the Gray Center.

Mr. Donvan will speak on the topic “Covering Autism: Strolling in a Minefield. He has served in several postings as a correspondent for ABC News, from the White House to Moscow to London to Jerusalem. Since the late 1990s, he has concentrated on reporting issues related to autism, and is a co-author of "Autism's First Child," a profile of the life of autism's first diagnosed case, that ran in The Atlantic. The article is now the basis of a book-in-progress.

Ms. Gray’s talk will be “Same Roots but Stronger Trees: Social Stories Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow.” She began her career as a special education teacher with four students with autism.  In the early 1990s, Carol initiated and developed the use of Social Stories and Comic Strip Conversations.  Carol is the recipient of the Barbara Lipinski Award for her international contribution to the education and welfare of people with autism spectrum disorders.

Other distinguished speakers include Jon Abramowitz, Professor in the Department of Psychology at the UNC, Julie Daniels, Associate Professor in Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Stephen Hooper, Professor in the Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Dr. Abramowitz specializes in the treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and other anxiety disorders, and he is widely recognized as a leading authority on these topics. He has authored over 150 research articles and book chapters, and has published a self-help book entitled Getting Over OCD. His topic will be “Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: What it is and What it isn’t.”

Dr. Daniels directs the North Carolina site for two multi-state programs sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:  1) the NC-Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network, which conducts surveillance to estimate the prevalence of Autism in Central North Carolina, and 2) the Study to Explore Early Development, which investigates the causes and correlates of autism. She will speak on “Autism Trends: Rates and Research.” 

Dr. Hooper is the Principal Investigator of the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disorders (LEND) interdisciplinary training grant funded by the Maternal Child Health Bureau, which has a major focus on autism spectrum disorders and related developmental disabilities, as well as several other federally funded research projects. His research interests include the neuropsychological basis of child psychopathology and other types of neurodevelopmental disorders, assessment methodology, and cognitive outcome studies. His topic will be “Cognitive Theories of Autism and their Application to Symptom Manifestation.”

The Conference is sponsored by TEACCH (Treatment and Education of Autistic and related Communication handicapped CHildren), Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND), and The Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities (CIDD).

Click here for a flyer with more detailed information on the speakers and a registration form. Click here for a flyer with a full schedule.

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