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Four Experts Speak At Anderson Center For Autism Event

Ron Suskind
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HYDE PARK, N.Y. -- The Anderson Center for Autism's third annual conference “Autism Tomorrow,” in Staatsburg on Saturday, May 14, will feature four experts in the field, including Pulitzer Prize winner Ron Suskind.

The special event is an opportunity for parents, special needs individuals, and caregivers and the public to mix freely with conference attendees and tour the extensively renovated Anderson Center campus.

The day’s activities include a musical performance by the Children’s Program, lunch, and a vendor fair in addition to the speakers.

These are the speakers for the event:

  • Ron Suskind, Pulitzer Prize winner and best selling author: Suskind is author of six best-selling books, including "Life, Animated, A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes and Autism," which documents his family’s two-decade struggle with regressive autism. Using a technique called Affinity Therapy, the book recounts how the Suskinds' broke through to their autistic son Owen.
  • Dr. Federico Bolognani, neuroscience drug development physician, Roche Pharmaceuticals: Bolognani is a leading genetic and experimental medicine studies using functional imaging to address how investigational medicines modulate the activity of the social brain and how genetic factors may affect these responses.
  • Nathan Briggs, coordinator of Adult Residential Services, Anderson Center for Autism: Briggs has taken opportunities at Anderson to implement new ideas, create new systems, and analyze functions to optimize quality of life for adults living on the spectrum.
  • Kristie Patten Koenig, associate professor and chair, New York University: Koenig examines the efficacy of interventions utilized in public schools for children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Koenig is the principal investigator of the NYU Steinhardt’s ASD Nest Program, an inclusive program for children and adolescents with autism in the New York City Department of Education.

Registration is now open and is $75 per person.

For online registration, go to http://www.andersoncenterforautism.org/autismtomorrow .

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