Category: Events

PEPSA – Partnership for Effective Programs for Students with Autism – will present its 10th annual Autism Summer Institute at Wharton High School in Tampa, Florida July 26-27, 2011.

The Autism Summer Institute is an annual workshop aimed at providing high quality professional development to a wide spectrum of professionals and parents who impact the lives of students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) – including Asperger’s Syndrome.

The event features Dr. Scott Bellini, Director of Research and Clinical Services at the Indiana Resource Center for Autism, whose presentation will explain the relationships between social skills deficits and social anxiety, assess problems related to social functioning, and identify and describe social skills strategies. Day two of the program will provide an opportunity for participants to attend multiple sessions and hear outstanding speakers discuss topics relating to instructional strategies, addressing literacy outcomes, working with challenging behaviors, using sensory strategies, technology in the classroom, and strategic use of visuals to promote social and emotional skills, and reciprocal communication skills.

For more information, visit PEPSA’s event page.


Eden Autism Services is offering a Family Fun Day and Resource Fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 16, 2011 at the Eimerman Education Center, 2801 County Barn Road in Naples, Florida.  Trained Eden staffers and volunteers will be on hand to supervise and promote play and social skills in children with autism or Asperger’s, while parents and grandparents learn more about the conditions.  Registration is requested by April 12.  To register, call (239) 992-4680, ext. 205 or visit

The son of music legends James Taylor and Carly Simon, Benjamin Taylor, is returning to Naples to headline this spring’s Alive in the World Concert benefiting Eden Autism Services Florida.

The concert and auction event is presented by the Trust for the Advancement of Responsible Artists (TARA) at 6 p.m. on May 6th at the Philharmonic Center for the Arts Daniels Pavilion in Naples, Florida.

Tickets are limited and cost $150. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (239) 919-0408 or visit

Eden’s philosophy of lifespan services is based upon the premise that the majority of individuals with autism require services throughout their lifetime. While the extent to which these services are needed will differ from person to person, their specialized nature will not.

Lifespan services are at the core of Eden’s service continuum that ranges from early intervention programming to services for older adults with autism. Lifespan services are the vehicle by which individuals who have autism continue to learn and to grow – and to become active, contributing members of their communities.

Over 30 experts, including four word-renowned autism experts will speak at the US Autism & Asperger Association (USAAA) 5th Annual World Conference and Expo to be held October 1-3, 2010 at the Hilton St. Louis Airport Hotel in St. Louis, Missouri.

This year’s conference boasts a new format including nine panel workshops in non-concurrent sessions in addition to the keynote addresses by Dr. Temple Grandin, Dr. Martha Herbert, Dr. Stephen Shore, and Areva D. Martin, Esq. Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome experts will present new interventions and new research in both education and medicine.  Each panel workshop will include five or six experts who will provide immediate answers to attendees’ questions.

Topics 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,
  • Nutrition, plus much more

CEU accreditation is offered throughout the entire conference and there will also be displays and information from sponsors and exhibitors.

For more information about the conference, visit the USAAA web site.

AHA/Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism Association will hold its annual spring conference on Saturday, May 1, 2010 at Adelphi University in Garden City, New York.  John Elder Robison, best-selling author of his 2007 memoir Look Me in the Eye: My Life With Asperger’s is the featured keynote speaker for the conference.

The conference theme is “Issues in Independent Living for Adolescents and Adults on the Autism Spectrum” with a mission to increase awareness of the countless challenges and difficulties individuals on the autism spectrum face as adults and to assist in their independence. The conference will focus on establishing effective systems of supports and services from transition through adulthood.

The conference invites educators, professionals, family members and individuals on the Autism Spectrum to join in the activities which include workshops, panels, bookstore, agencies and resources throughout the day. More information is on the web site.

Robert Pattinson and other cast members of the Twilight vampire movie saga are sinking their teeth into a new role. This role, however, is more sweet and savory.

They’ve created a special item that will be auctioned off at the Icare4autism 2010: Cocktail Gala — an EXCLUSIVE Twilight Limited Edition Movie Masterpiece Collage. This fabulous item is made up of memorabilia that is out of production, collectible snippets and things unavailable to the general public. The money raised from the item will go to funding autism research and education conducted by the International Center for Autism Research and Education.

If you’d like the chance to bid on this Twilight masterpiece, you can now purchase tickets to the Icare4autism 2010: Cocktail Gala, which will be held on Thursday April 15th, from 6-10pm, at the Florida Aquarium in Tampa.

ASPEN’s Annual Spring Conference

The Asperger Syndrome Association Network’s spring conference on Sunday, March 21, 2010 in Iselin, New Jersey will focus on “Preparation for the Real World: College, Relationships and Employment”.  Features speakers include keynoter Simon Baron-Cohen, Ph.D., Director of the Autism Research Centre at Cambridge University, who will speak about Theory of Mind: Empathy and Systemizing in Autism Spectrum Conditions and The Fetal Testosterone Theory of Autism.

Workshops will be offered in the afternoon:

  • Annie Steinberg, MD and Mary Riggs Cohen, Ph.D.
    The Double Edged Sword: Internet Use and Asperger Syndrome
  • E. Lynne Golden, M.SpecEd.
    Preparing for the LEAP: Strategies for the Transition From High School to College
  • Linda Kay, M.A.
    The College Search for Students With Asperger Syndrome
  • Elizabeth Roberts, Psy.D.
    Getting to Yes: Negotiating Intimacy, Communication and Leisure
  • Anthony Rostain, MD
    If Not College, Then What? Vocational Preparation for Adolescents and Young Adults With Asperger Syndrome

Visit the ASPEN New Jersey web site for more details.

Sensory Friendly FilmsAMC Entertainment (AMC) has teamed with the Autism Society to bring families affected by autism and other disabilities a special opportunity to enjoy their favorite films in a safe and accepting environment on a monthly basis with the “Sensory Friendly Films” program.

In order to provide a more accepting and comfortable setting for this unique audience, the movie auditoriums will have their lights brought up and the sound turned down, families will be able to bring in their own gluten-free, casein-free snacks, and no previews or advertisements will be shown before the movie. Additionally, audience members are welcome to get up and dance, walk, shout or sing – in other words, AMC’s “Silence is Golden®” policy will not be enforced unless the safety of the audience is questioned.

Tickets are $4-6 and can be purchased the day of the event.  For more upcoming shows and locations, see the Autism Society of America‘s site.

Promising Pathways: The Road to Best Practice in Autism
A National Conference on Autism for Physicians, Parents and Educators

Saturday, April 10, 2010, 8 am – 4 pm
Florida Gulf Coast University Student Union Ballroom
Fort Myers, Florida

This is the second year FGCU has hosted this community sponsored conference that is FREE to attend.  National experts in the research and study of autism and autism spectrum disorders will address a variety of topics such as the causes of autism, evaluation and treatment, early identification and intervention, and treatments for symptoms associated with autism.  Click here to go to the event web site. Space is limited!