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March 31, 2016

Autism Conference: Facts and Figures


Autism Awareness Month happens in April!  Are you prepared with the latest facts and figures?  According to the Autism Society

  • Prevalence in the US is estimated at 1 in 68 births
  • Prevalence in US children has increased by 119.4% from 2000
  • Autism is the fastest-growing developmental disability
  • Autism services cost U.S. citizens $236-262 billion annually, with the majority of costs for adult services rather than children
  • Cost of lifelong care can be reduced by 66% with early diagnosis and early intervention

Later this month on April 22, we are pleased to offer The Autism Spectrum Disorder Conference: A Multidisciplinary Review of Current Research and Interventions.  

Conference Summary: Dr. Gary Mesibov, internationally recognized autism spectrum disorder expert, is the main speaker at this day-long conference.  The focuses are:

  • Understanding the neurological differences that research has identified between people with ASD and typical learners
  • Adjusting educational, clinical and community-based programs to more closely match the learning styles and needs of those with ASD
  • Learning differences that have been identified in people with ASD, referred to as The Culture of Autism
  • Making accommodations with evidence-based appropriate adaptations in how interventions are created and delivered
  • Teaching skills that will be needed to help those with ASD to achieve the highest quality of life possible
  • Reviewing new and upcoming approaches

Conference Information & Registration: Charlotte AHEC website 

  • Limited spots remaining
  • CEUs are available for healthcare and teaching professionals
  • Breakout sessions: Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), Executive Functioning, Sensory Processing
  • Early bird registration ends on April 8
  • Vendor spots remain open  

Read more about Child and Family Development’s autism evaluation services here.