Bucks County Autism Support Coalition To Hold 4th Annual Autism Conference

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The Bucks County Autism Support Coalition (BCASC) will hold their 4th Annual Autism Conference on Saturday, March 19, 2011 from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Central Bucks High School South, 1100 Folly Road, Warrington, PA. Two leading special needs educators from Lehigh University will be on hand to deliver keynote addresses to parents, educators and students who work with special needs individuals.

Parents and educators of children on the autism spectrum are invited to attend a day of education and enlightenment at the 4th Annual Bucks County Autism Support Coalition Autism Conference. Professionals will be on hand to educate attendees on a variety of topics including social skills training, sensory techniques, behavioral programming, designing academic programs, adult transition, financial and legal planning, and more. In addition to attending their choice of break-out sessions with over 30 different guest presenters, attendees will have the opportunity to connect with a wide range of vendors and professionals offering products, services and resources to families with special needs children.

Continental breakfast and lunch are included. CEU credits for BACB and Act 48 are available for educators. The cost to attend the conference is $40 for parents/students and $60 for educators who register prior to Tuesday, March 8th. After March 8th, professional registration will be $75 and parent/student registration will be $50. To register for the 4th Annual Autism Conference or learn more about the Bucks County Autism Support Coalition, visit their website at http://www.bcasc.org/ or call 267-885-4500.

The BCASC is honored to have two outstanding educators as keynote speakers for this year’s conference -Dr. Linda Bambara and Dr. Lee Kern from Lehigh University. Linda Bambara, Ph. D., is a professor of special education and faculty investigator for the Center for Research to Practice, at Lehigh University. Her expertise in developmental disabilities spans over 30 years, and includes research in the areas of social and communication interventions, self-determination and self-management interventions, and positive behavior supports for individuals with developmental disabilities and challenging behaviors. She has served as PI or Co-PI on grants from the U. S. Department of Education, most recently investigating positive behavior supports in schools. Dr. Bambara is executive director or co-director of two university-based service programs for individuals with developmental disabilities. Transition and Assessment provides community inclusion and employment support to transition age youth with ASD and other developmental disabilities. ASERT (Autism Service, Education, Research, and Training), is a center funded through the Pennsylvania Bureau of Autism Services that provides training, education, and outreach for providers and families, and clinical services for individuals with ASD. Dr. Bambara is the author of numerous articles, chapters, and books addressing interventions for individuals with developmental disabilities and is on the editorial board of five academic journals.

Lee Kern, Ph. D., is currently an Iacocca Professor of Special Education at Lehigh University. She received her doctorate in Special Education from the University of South Florida. Prior to receiving her doctorate, Dr. Kern worked in the field of special education as a classroom teacher, behavior specialist, and consultant. Her research interests include challenging behavior, functional assessment, and curricular interventions. She works primarily with students with social, emotional, and behavioral disorders. She has published numerous articles and book chapters, and recently the book Individualized Supports for Students with Problem Behaviors. Dr. Kern has received over $17 million in grant funding, from the Office of Special Education Programs, the National Institutes of Mental Health, and a recent Center Grant from the Institute for Education Sciences. She is currently associate editor of Journal of Behavioral Education and School Mental Health and serves on the editorial boards of seven educational journals.

About the BCASC:
The Bucks County Autism Support Coalition (BCASC) is an all-volunteer, 501 (c) 3 non-profit community-based organization focused on maximizing the personal development of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder. This group is comprised of parents and family members, educators from local school districts and intermediate units, mental health professionals, physicians, individuals with autism, and behavior specialists. For information visit: http://www.bcasc.org/.

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