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FGCU Hosts National Conference on Autism

FORT MYERS, FL - Florida Gulf Coast University College of Education and the College of Arts and Sciences sponsor "The Road to Best Practice in Autism," a conference for physicians, parents and educators, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 19 in the Student Union ballroom. The conference is free and open to the public.

National experts in the research and study of autism and autism spectrum disorders will address a variety of topics such as the causes of autism, evaluation and treatment, early identification and intervention, treatments for symptoms associated with autism, arrangement of long-term finance for persons with disabilities, sexuality and more.

"We are very pleased to partner with FGCU to present such an in depth look at autism as well as offer a symposium with essential topics," said conference chairman Armando Galella, executive director of Eden Florida, a non-profit agency that offers lifespan services for children and adults with autism. "The conference will offer pertinent information for parents, caregivers, and all those affected by and/or interested in the study of autism."

Keynote presenters include Robert L. Hendren, D.O. and Peter Mundy, professors at the University of California, Davis (UC Davis) campus and the M.I.N.D. Institute, an international multidisciplinary research organization committed to excellence, collaboration and hope, striving to understand the causes of better treatments and ultimately cure for neurodevelopmental disorders.

Hendren is president of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, executive director of the M.I.N.D. Institute and chief physician of the Child and Adolescent program at UC Davis. Mundy is professor of neurodevelopmental disorder and education at the School of Education, and director of education research at the M.I.N.D. Institute at UC Davis.

Other presenters include Peter Gerhardt and Patrick McGreevy. Gerhardt is president and chairman of the Scientific Council for Organization for Autism Research, consultant and author of articles and book chapters on the needs of adults with autism spectrum disorder, the school-to-work transition process, and analysis and intervention for self-injurious behavior and aggression.

McGreevy is a board certified behavior analyst with an international private practice serving children and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities. He also serves as adjunct professor at the Florida Institute of Technology teaching applied behavior analysis.

Other speakers will be featured during break-out and panel discussions.

Reservations are required by April 10. To register, visit, or call (239) 992-4680.

For more information, media representatives should contact dean of the College of Education Marci Greene at (239) 590-7781, or Carolyn Rogers at (239) 850-5020.

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