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Autism Highlights from Around the Network 2014


CAAI 2014 Virtual Activities
Description: Archived webinars, virtual poster symposia, facilitated discussions, online poster exhibition.

Autism’s Powerful Affinities: Prison or Pathway?
WHEN: Thursday April 24, 2013 4:00 - 5:00 PM Eastern Time
: Ron Suskind
WHERE: Lipsett Amphitheater, Building 10 (Clinical Center), NIH Main Campus
BOOK SIGNING: 3-3:30 PM, FAES Bookstore, Building 10 (Clinical Center), NIH Main Campus
VIDEOCAST: http://videocast.nih.gov

CDC’s Public Health Grand Rounds Presents:
“Autism Spectrum Disorder: From Numbers to Know-How”

Date: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., EST
Location: Global Communications Center (Building 19) Alexander D. Langmuir Auditorium Roybal Campus
For questions about this Grand Rounds topic:
Feel free to e-mail your questions before or during the session.

Autism in Maryland
Date: April 17, 2014
: Parklawn Building (Rockville, MD)
Primary Audience
Description: A brief overview of the Kennedy Krieger Institute and its activities relating to autism will be presented. The objective of the presentation is to provide participants with an awareness of how the LEND program functions and what types of activities the LEND program engages in to train providers, work with communities, and improve the system of care in Maryland.

VA LEND Leadership Project: Insight into a Transdisciplinary Assessment Clinic and ADOS
Date: Wednesday, April, 2, 2014, 12:30 pm
Location: Richmond Toddler Clinic (VA LEND)
Contact: Meera Mehtaji, mehtajimr@vcu.edu
Audience: Faculty and students
Description: Presentation of Leadership Project by LEND trainee. PowerPoint presentation and companion guide developed to describe function and purpose of a transdisciplinary clinic and use of ADOS modules in the assessment and diagnosis of children with autism. This will be a useful tool for first time clinic attendees.


Autism’s Powerful Affinities: Prison or Pathway?
WHEN: Thursday April 24, 2013 4:00 - 5:00 PM Eastern Time
: Ron Suskind
VIDEOCAST: http://videocast.nih.gov

Developing Alabama's System of Services and Resources for Children With Autism: Lessons Learned and Taught Exit Disclaimer
Wednesday, May 7, 2014; 12:00-1:30 p.m. (Central Time)
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National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Virtual Forum: Autism and the Environment Exit Disclaimer
Tuesday April 22, 2014, 2-3 PM ET

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Autism Awareness Month Special Lecture – Pulitzer Prize Winning Author, Ron Suskind – “Autism’s Powerful Affinities – Prison or Pathway?” Exit Disclaimer
Thursday, April 24, 4 PM ET

Autism Spectrum Disorder and Transition
April 30th, 3-4:30 PM ET

This webinar will begin with a presentation from Got Transition staff who will speak broadly about transition and an upcoming Federal transition plan, followed by CAAI grantee presentations on research, training, state-specific successes and best practices for advancing transition for individuals on the autism spectrum. Presenters and registration will be available soon. Click for more information Exit Disclaimer

Reducing Disparities for People with Autism Spectrum Disorder
May, TBD

Disparities in accessing diagnostic and treatment services, access to care based on location, and racial and cultural differences in outcomes exist in our health care service systems. This webinar will focus on CAAI grantees' work in reducing some of these disparities for individuals on the autism spectrum. Date and presenters are being confirmed and will be announced soon. Click for more information Exit Disclaimer


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Autism Awareness Event 2014
Date: Thursday, April 17, 2014, 5:30-7:30pm,
Location:Tom Harkin Global Communications Center, Atlanta, GA f
Description: Featuring Alexis Wineman (first woman with ASD to participate in Miss America) and a panel of young adults with ASD who will discuss challenges facing teens and adults with ASD.

Meeting of the Interagency Autism CoordinatingCommittee
Date: Tuesday, April 8, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET
Location: National Institutes of Health, 31 Center Drive, Building 31, C Wing, 6th Floor, Conference Room 10, Bethesda, MD 20892
Agenda: The committee will discuss committee business, agency updates and issues related to autism spectrum disorder (ASD) research and services activities. Please visit the IACC website for access and information about registering.

Light It Up Blue: What’s New in Autism at OHSU Exit Disclaimer
Date: April 3, 2014
: OHSU Auditorium (Old Library)
Description: Light It Up Blue, What’s New in Autism at OHSU is a community event to share scientific and clinical Updates. The event is free and open to both professionals and families.

Topics include:

  • Update on OHSU's clinical program
  • DSM 5
  • Epidemiology of ASDs and environmental risks
  • Genetics
  • Oregon Commission on Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Access to care by minorities
  • Educational update
  • Autism Treatment Network research contributions
  • Transition to adulthood and adult clinics

For more information, please contact Lisa Voltolina 503-418-5076

2014 "ONE Community – ONE MIZZOU" Light It Up Blue Event Exit Disclaimer
Type: Rally Event
Date: April 2, 2014 @ 4:30pm
Location: The Columns on MU’s quadrangle. Columbia, Missouri
Primary Audience
: The community of Columbia, Missouri
Description: Everyone is invited to stand as “ONE Community” to spread awareness about autism and Light It Up Blue in Columbia, Missouri on World Autism Awareness Day. There will be prizes and MU mascots -Truman and TJ, will be available for photo opportunities. The event will conclude with a balloon release. For the month of April, Women’s and Children’s Hospital will light the dome on their hospital blue.

Event: Autism Society of Nebraska Annual Puzzle Walk
Date: Several across the state
: Omaha, Grand Island, NE
Contact: autismnebraska.org
Primary Audience
: Parents, Family Members, Professionals, Kids
Description: The Autism Society of Nebraska is proud to announce our 6th annual Autism Puzzle Walk! This year we are thrilled that our message of support is truly traveling across the state!


National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) Conference on Military Connected Children with Special Health Care Needs and their Families
Date: Mon.-Tues., April 14-15, 2014, 7:30am-5pm
Location: NIH Campus, Bethesda, MD

CARD's 14th Annual Autism Conference – Autism: Advances in Research and Services \Exit Disclaimer
Date: October 16 & 17, 2014 North Baltimore Plaza Hotel, Timonium, MD
Description: This year’s conference features some of the nation’s leading experts.

Topics Include:

  • Applying universal design to increase access to the general education curriculum
  • Promoting self-determination in students with ASD
  • Challenges of, and strategies for, developing literacy
  • Translating evaluation results into relevant school recommendations
  • Understanding sensory challenges and practical solutions
  • Understanding life on the autism spectrum
  • Strategies and tools for managing your child’s complicated systems of care
  • Anxiety in youth and transition-age adults with ASD
  • Communication strategies for improving behavior
  • Possibilities and challenges faced in pursuing postsecondary education
  • Functional behavioral assessments for individuals in community employment
  • Utilizing apps and devices for behavioral adaptation and facilitating communication

Keynote speakers: Michael Wehmeyer, PhD and Paul Wehman, PhD

7th Annual Autism Spectrum Disorders Update Exit Disclaimer
Date: April 19, 2014
: Palo Alto CA
Primary Audience
: Parents, teachers, Pediatricians, Psychologists, Caregivers, Media, anyone with an interest in autism
Description: Four outstanding plenary speakers who will talk about research and two breakout sessions in the morning and two breakout sessions in the afternoon. Your program type: DBP program collaborates with Child Psychiatry at Stanford University

2014 ASD Nebraska State Conference Exit Disclaimer
Date: April 3rd & 4th, 2014
: LaVista, NE
Primary Audience
: Educators, Healthcare Providers, Parents, Family members
Description: The Department of Education’s Autism Spectrum Disorders Network hosts an annual state conference in April.

Training Initiatives:

Kennedy Krieger Institute: Training of Medical/Pediatric Residents in Autism
Date: Ongoing
Location: Kennedy Krieger Institute Center for Autism and Related Disorders
Primary Audience
: Residents
Description: Clinical interdisciplinary training will be provided to Medical/Pediatric residents to increase their abilities to identify, diagnose and manage children with autism.

VA LEND Monthly Autism Clinic
Date: Monday, April 14, 2014, 8:15 – noon
Location: Richmond Toddler Clinic (VA LEND)
Contact: Kristen Davis, Clinic Coordinator
Dr. Donald Oswald, Clinic Director
(Contact Kristen Davis for space availability)
Audience: Faculty, students, health care and education professionals
Description: This is an autism assessment clinic and is open for those interested in learning more interdisciplinary team function and/or how the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) tool is used in assessment in children.

Professional Development Grant:

Maryland State Department of Education Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Discretionary Part B grant
Date: Ongoing
Location: Maryland Eastern Shore
Primary Audience: Six elementary schools (Pre-K to 1st grade) on the Eastern Shore of Maryland
Description: Training will be provided to six elementary schools on the Eastern Shore of Maryland in an intervention that targets core social and communication deficits of autism spectrum disorders. Medical/Pediatric residents to increase their abilities to identify, diagnose and manage children with autism.


2013 IACC Summary of Advances in Autism Spectrum Disorder Research
The 2013 IACC Summary of Advances is a collection of brief summaries of studies selected by the IACC as the twenty most significant biomedical and services research advances in the field of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) research in 2013.

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