- Dr. Temple Grandin will introduce her new book "The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum" at the International Conference, "Current Trends in Autism Spectrum Disorders" and host a fundraising gala -
MONTREAL, April 2, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - To mark World Autism Awareness Day, the Miriam Foundation is releasing some of the first details about the Gold Centre's International conference "Current Trends in Autism Spectrum Disorders" to be held November 5th and 6th which will close with a gala fundraiser on November 6th. The Miriam Foundation is offering interview opportunities to media.
We are proud to be welcoming Dr. Temple Grandin to her first autism speaking engagement in Quebec, this November. Dr. Grandin, the author of nine best-selling books, was diagnosed with autism at the age of five. Dr. Grandin advocates early intervention to promote learning in children with autism, and underlines the importance of supportive teachers that can direct autistic children's fixations in fruitful directions. She will be speaking about her new book (released this month) The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum.
Dr. Grandin is a star, and the subject of the film "Temple Grandin" which won Emmy, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild awards. She is a "Time Magazine Top 100 Hero" and an inspiration to millions worldwide. She gives parents and caregivers a better understanding of her unique experience as a person with an autism spectrum disorder.
Her presence at the November conference and fundraising gala is a strong indication of the Foundation's leadership in uniting people with autism, their families, their caregivers, and Canada's leading ASD specialists.
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Statistics:
- According to a March 2013 study published by the Centres for Disease Control, 1 in 50 U.S. children are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder;
- The 2012 numbers reflect a 78% increase in reported prevalence in the last 6 years;
- Boys are 4 times more likely than girls to have autism;
- In 2009-2010, there were 7,600 school-age children with ASD in Quebec;
- The rates of autism spectrum disorders have been increasing steadily, by 24% yearly, in Quebec alone.
About the Miriam Foundation
- The Miriam Foundation is dedicated to ensuring that greater insight and new research will improve the quality of life for all those affected with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) and developmental disabilities. We are committed to raising and investing funds and providing the leadership required to:
- Create and support developmental, clinical, vocational, residential and respite programs for children and adults living with ASDs and developmental disabilities;
- Offer opportunities for education and training to professionals, caregivers and family members;
- Foster specialized research focusing on improving diagnosis and developing new treatments and interventions for people with ASDs and developmental disabilities;
- Deliver social and recreational activities to promote inclusion.
About the Gold Centre's Conference "Current Trends in Autism Spectrum Disorders"
When: November 5 and 6, 2013
Where: La Tohu, 2345 Rue Jarry Est, Montréal, QC H1Z 4P3
- Temple Grandin, PhD, Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University. Prominent author and speaker on the subject of autism.
- Ruth Feldman, PhD, psychology professor at Bar-Ilan University in Israel, and pioneer in research on the link between Oxytocin and human bonding.
- Bridget Taylor, PhD, is the co-founder and Executive director of Alpine Learning Group, researcher on and practitioner of Applied Behavior Analysis. Dr Taylor will speak about social skills and observational learning.
- Jonathan Weiss, PhD, holds the Canadian Chair in Autism Spectrum Disorders Treatment and Care Research, at York University. Dr Weiss will be informing us about recent research in running cognitive behaviour therapy groups for children with ASD who have problems coping with anxiety, thus reducing risks associated with bullying and stigma.
- Lonnie Zwaigenbaum, PhD, University of Alberta medical researcher is the principal investigator for an ongoing study that links 15 scientists across North America. Dr Zwaigenbaum will inform us of how early diagnosis and treatment can be improved by examining DNA samples from children with autism and their infant siblings.
SOURCE: Miriam Fondation
For further information:
or to speak to an ASD specialist about:
- Specific or general ASD statistics;
- ASD in Quebec and Canada;
- The incredible importance of parents' reporting in early detection;
- How the Miriam Foundation supports families;
- The Gold Centre's assessment, intervention services and upcoming conferences.
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