2007 PAN Conference
2nd Annual Penn Autism Network Conference
Journeys Through Adolescence and Adulthood
The second annual Penn Autism Network Conference was held March 15-16, 2007. More than 300 people attended the two-day conference at the University of Pennsylvania.
We are extremely grateful to the Supporters of the Penn Autism Network. Their generous gifts helped make this conference possible.
Sustainers - Lauren Marks and Edward Rimland
Individual Friends - Anonymous, James R. and Debra Amper Kahn, Susan Paul, Theodore Weiss, MD, and Ralph and Mary Ellen Zagrabbe
Foundations - Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation
Penn/UPHS - Board of Women Visitors
Highlights from the 2nd Annual Penn Autism Network Conference include:
- A joint University of Pennsylvania and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia research retreat in which principal investigators discussed the latest developments in genetics, neuroscience, imaging, and behavior and therapy for children and adults with autism spectrum disorders.
- A public keynote address, “You Don’t Have to be ‘Normal’ to be Happy,” presented by Jerry and Mary Newport. The Newports are internationally recognized advocates, authors and savants. Their most recent book, “Mozart and the Whale: An Asperger Love Story,” is autobiographical. A Hollywood movie based on their lives, “Mozart and the Whale,” was released in 2006.
- A “Living Along the Spectrum” panel session, moderated by Robert Naseef, Ph.D., featured family members of individuals on the autism spectrum speaking about personal experiences with their loved ones with autism.
- A selection of 21 faculty, self-advocate, and expert-led workshops focused on topics ranging from transition planning, dating and interpersonal relationships for young adults on the spectrum, and cognitive-behavior therapy.