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2010 PAN Conference

5th Annual Penn Autism Network Conference
- April 23, 2010

PAN's 5th Annual Conference, "Promoting Healthy & Successful Lives for Individuals with ASD", took place on Friday, April 23, 2010. Author of Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger’s, John Elder Robison gave the keynote address entitled "Illuminating Insights on Autism, From a Life with Asperger's". The conference, cosponsored by ASCEND Group, also offered 18 Individual Workshops and a Resource Fair.


Participants of this conference will be able to:

  • Define effective intervention strategies to promote healthy and successful community integration for adolescents and adults with ASD.
  • Develop skills to address the needs of adolescents and adults with ASD and their families in specific areas as addressed.
  • Share best strategies and utilize new knowledge for creating dynamic environments and promoting positive relationships conducive to best outcomes for individuals with ASD.
  • Establish new relationships with others who are working on behalf of individuals with ASD and their families.

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8:15 - 9:00 am Registration/Continental Breakfast/Resource Fair

9:00 - 9:15 am Welcome Remarks from: Anthony L. Rostain, MD, MA, Medical Dir., Adult Dev. Disorders Section, Dept. of Psychiatry, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and Nina Wall-Cote, Director of the Bureau of Autism Services in the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare

9:20 - 11 am Keynote with John Elder Robison

11:00 - 11:15 am Break/Resource Fair

11:15 -12:30 Breakout Session A

12:30 - 1:15 pm Lunch (box lunches are provided)

1:15 - 2:30 pm Breakout Session B

2:30 - 2:45 pm Break/Resource Fair

2:45 - 4:00 pm Breakout Session C

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This conference offered a selection of 18 workshops.

A1. Affordable Housing Options for Adults with Autism Presenters: Roy Diamond, President, Autism Living & Working; Diana T. Myers, President, Diana T. Myers & Associates; David Gates, Esq., Policy Director & Senior Attorney, PA Health Law Project

A2. I Want a Career, Not a Job: Living, Learning, Earning Presenters: Joseph N. Gousie, Sr., Director of Non Traditional Services, Elwyn; Maleita Olson, LSW, Private Practice

A3. Partnering to Advance Quality of Life for Adults with ASD Presenter: Jean Ruttenberg, Exec. Dir., Center for Autism

A4. COMPASS: A Specialized Support Program for Undergrads with Asperger Syndrome Presenters from Fairleigh Dickinson University: Stefanie Ulrich, PhD, Dir., Ctr. for Psychological Svces.; Kathleen Davis, PhD, Assist. Professor, School of Psychology; Dorota Novitskie, Caroline Beischer, Matthew Smith, Melissa Conway (doctoral candidates)

A5. Rational Use of Medications for Adults with ASD: An UpdatePresenter: Anthony L. Rostain, MD, MA, Medical Dir., Adult Dev. Disorders Section, Dept. of Psychiatry, Perelman School of Medicine

A6. A Social Skills Seminar: Learning, Implementing, Experiencing Presenters: Carol Moog, PhD, Clinical Dir., Social Learning Disorders Program, Dept. of Psychiatry, Perelman School of Medicine; Parin Patel, MS, Doctoral Student, Chestnut Hill College

B1. Autism in Adulthood; A model for Assessment and Support Planning Presenters from Keystone Autism Svces,: Edward Toyer, PhD, Dir. of Clinical Svces., and Anne Seals, MSW, LSW, Behavioral Health Specialist

B2. Succeeding in the Workforce: A Professional Development Model Presenters from SPIN Inc.: Judy Dotzman, MEd, Corp. Officer, Professional Development; Pat Wray, Dir., Community Integrated Employment

B3. The Next Generation: Supporting People to Lead their Own Lives Presenters: Marian Frattarola-Saulino and other panelists TBD

B4. A Woman’s Experience: Gender Issues Impacting Women with Asperger Syndrome Presenter: Dena L. Gassner, MSW, Dir., Center for Understanding

B5. Let’s Get Practical: Transition to What? Presenter: Holly Kofsky, Parent & Advocate; Beth Eagen, Parent & Advocate

B6. Demysticizing Benefits and Services for Adults with ASD Presenters from Hinkle Fingles & Prior, Attorneys at Law: Ira Fingles, Esq, & Hillary D. Freeman, Esq.

C1. Relationship and Sexuality Education for Adolescents with ASD Presenters: Nancy Nowell, MPA, MEd, Special Educator/Autism Consultant; Beverly Smith, Dir. of Special Ed., Garnet Valley School Dist.; Carol Lynch, Parent & Fiscal/Grants Mgr., PA Dept. of Public Welfare, Bureau of Autism Svces.

C2. How to Survive in the Nuerotypical World Presenter: Jason Zervoudakes, Self Advocate, GRASP Member

C3. Internet Use and ASD: Perils, Pitfalls, and Prevention Strategies Presenters: Annie Steinberg, MD, Clinical Assoc. Professor, Psychiatry/Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine; Mary Riggs Cohen, PhD, Clinical Assoc. Professor, Social Learning Disorders Program, Perelman School of Medicine, & Autism Spectrum Resource Consulting

C4. Supporting Families Through the Transition Years Presenters from Devereux’s Center for Autism Research & Education Services (CARES): Todd Harris, PhD, Dir. of Autism Svces.; Brandee El Attar, MS, Transition Grant Mgr.; Cathleen Albertson, MA, BCBA, Clinical Coordinator

C5. Surviving and Thriving: Essential Ingredients for Social Success in College Presenters from Chestnut Hill College: Kate Altman, MS, Therapist/Doctoral Student & Katherine K. Dahlsgaard, PhD, Assist. Professor of Psychology; also, Timothy Wilson, College Student, Millersville Univ.

C6. Demysticizing Benefits and Services for Adults with ASD Presenters from Hinkle Fingles & Prior, Attorneys at Law: Ira Fingles, Esq., & Hillary D. Freeman, Esq. (Note: This is a repeat of Session B6.)

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