One Third of Young Adults with Autism Lack Employment, Education

One Third of Young Adults with Autism Lack Employment, Education

A recent study has found that one in 3 young adults with autism have no paid job experience, college or technical schooling nearly seven years after high school graduation. Continue reading

Upcoming ICare4Autism International Autism Conference! August 1-2, 2012

July 31st 2012 Partington Workshop, more information at this LINK

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August 1-2, 2012

ICare4Autism International Autism Conference

Autism: A Global Perspective

at the International Conference Center (ICC) in Jerusalem, Israel

Following the overwhelming success of the past conferences at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in NYC in 2011 and in Jerusalem, Israel in 2010, ICare4Autism is once again bringing together top leading medical and educational professionals and researchers working in autism.

The purpose of the ICare4Autism conferences are to share current groundbreaking  research into the causes and treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders , and to be a catalyst for powerful interdisciplinary collaborations to tackle the global autism crisis.

Dame Stephanie Shirley, The British Government’s Founding Ambassador for Philanthropy, and Chairman of the Shirley Foundation, will deliver the Conference’s keynote address.

Jerusalem Major Nir Barkat and Mrs. Marta Linares de Martinelli, First Lady of the Republic of Panama will give welcoming remarks at the opening session.

Dr. Joshua Weinstein, CEO & Founder of ICare4Autism explains, “We have entered a new age of autism, characterized on the one hand by unprecedented incidence, and on the other by advanced research, earlier diagnosis, and progressively more effective intervention. The evidence is clear- autism and hope are no longer mutually exclusive, but the need for action has never been more urgent.”

Dr. Eric Hollander, Chairman of the ICare4Autism Advisory Council said, “The ICare4Autism 2012 Global Conference will be a unique opportunity for leading researchers, clinicians, educators and policymakers from all over the world to share their latest findings and create powerful new international collaborations that will ultimately allow us to discover the etiology of autism and its biologic and environmental causes. This global cross-disciplinary gathering will play a vital role in speeding the development of improved methods of autism detection and treatment that are urgently needed by patients and the families.”


The conference will be in 3 tracks as follows:

Bio-Medical Research and Practice

Education-Behavioral Research and Practice

Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Policy and Awareness

List of speakers by track and in alphabetical order

Bio-Medical Research and Practice

Brett Abrahams, Ph.D.  (USA)

Assistant Professor, Departments of Genetics and Neuroscience at Einstein, NY

The Autism Spectrum Disorders: From genes to function


Lorene Amet, D.Phil. M.Ed. (Autism)   (UK/France)

Principal Scientist Autism Treatment Trust, Scotland

The biology of Autism Syndromes: From diagnosis to intervention

Agatino Battaglia, M.D., DPed, DNeurology  (Italy)
Professor of Child Neuropsychiatry at the Post-Graduate Medical School in Child
Neuropsychiatry, at the University of Pisa, Member of the ICare4Autism Advisory Council. Etiological heterogeneity of autism spectrum disorders

Helena Brentani, M.D., Ph.D. (Brazil)
Associated Professor, Psychiatric Department at the University of Sao Paulo
Putting together clinical and research workflows for Autism in a public service

W. Ted Brown, M.D., Ph.D.  (USA)
Director, New York State Institute for Basic Research in DD
The Fragile X Syndrome and Autism

Randi J. Hagerman, M.D., F.A.A.P.  (USA) – Invited speaker
Medical Director, M.I.N.D. Institute, Endowed Chair in Fragile X Research, UC Davis Health Systems, Professor, Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine, CA (USA)
New Initiatives in Autism Research and Practice

Hakon Hakonarson, M.D., Ph.D.   (USA) – Invited speaker
Center for Autism Research, The Joseph Stokes Jr Research Institute, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, PA; Member of the ICare4Autism Advisory Council
Gene networks underlying autism targeted for therapeutic intervention

Eli Hatchwell, M.D., Ph.D.  (UK, IS) – Chair of the Genetics Sessions
Chief Scientific Officer, Population Diagnostics UK, Inc.;
Member of the ICare4Autism Advisory Council
Towards Explaining the Heritability of Autism Spectrum Disorders

Eric Hollander, M.D. (USA) 
Director of the Autism and Obsessive Compulsive Spectrum Program at Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center and Chairman of the ICare4Autism Advisory Council Neuropsychopharmacolgy of Oxytocin and Inflammation in ASD

Mady Hornig, M.D.  (USA)
Director of Translational Research, Center for Infection and Immunity, Associate Professor of Epidemiology,  Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, USA
Biologic mechanisms in autism

Dov Inbar, M.D. (USA, IS)
Visiting Assistant Professor of Pediatrics. CERC. Albert Einstein School of Medicine. Yeshiva University, NY,  Senior Lecturer of Pediatrics. Sackler Faculty of Medicine. Tel Aviv University. Head, The Child Development Department. Schneider Children’s Medical Center of Israel Time trends in reported autistic spectrum disorders in Israel, 1972-2004

Yoav Kohn, M.D. (Israel)

Director, the Donald Cohen Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Department Jerusalem Mental Health Center Hebrew University-Hadassah School of Medicine Genetics : Detection and characterization of variations in Jewish Israeli autistic patients

Henry Markram, Ph.D, (Switzerland)
Director, Blue Brain Project; Coordinator, Human Brain Project; Professor at Swiss Federal Institute for Technology (EPFL)
Prospects of using detailed brain simulations to explore possible causes and treatments of Autism

Kamila Markram, Ph.D.   (Switzerland) 
Neuroscientist of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, Switzerland Autism Project Director, Brain Mind Institute 
Intense World Theory of Autism

Gal Meiri, MD (Israel)
Head of Preschool Psychiatric Unit, Soroka University Medical Center, Israel
“Which treatment should I choose for my child?” – Parents counseling and evidence based treatments for ASD

Jose Humberto Nicolini-Sanchez, M.D., Ph.D.  (Mexico)
Professor, Universidad de la Ciudad de Mexico & Director, Carraci Medical Group, Mexico, Member of the ICare4Autism Advisory Council
Genetic basis of compulsive behaviors in ASD

Alexis L. Reyes, M.D. (Philippines)
Associate Professor, Developmental and Behavioral Studies Unit, Department of Pediatrics Philippine General Hospital
Patterns and Outcomes in Autism- A 20 year Review of Filipino Children within the Spectrum

Stefano Pallanti, M.D., Ph.D.  (Italy, USA)
Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Florence and at Mt Sinai School of Medicine, NY, Director of the Residency Program, Chair of the Consultation Psychiatry Unit at University of Florence, Italy, Member of the ICare4Autism Advisory Council rTMS in Autism Spectrum Disorders: Effects on Executive Functions and Affects Recognitions

Harry D. Schneider, Ph.D., M.D., P.C.  (USA)
Visiting Associate Research Scientist Fellow, Program for Cognitive Sciences (P.I.C.S.) Columbia University Medical Center, NY, and at the Center for Medical & Brain Sciences, The Autism Family International Foundation, USA
Minimally-verbal Children with Autism: The use of functional  MRI (FMRI) to demonstrate dysfunctional language networks and Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (TDCS) to restore functional language in these children.

Sagiv Shifman, Ph.D., (Israel)
Department of Genetics, The Life Sciences Institute, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem Shared neuronal pathways affected by common and rare variants in autism spectrum disorders

Mike Snape, MD  (UK)
Chief Scientific Officer Autism Therapeutics Ltd, Member of the ICare4Autism Advisory Council
NNZ-2566: Rationale for use in Autism Spectrum Disorders

Helen Tager-Flusberg, Ph.D.  (USA) – Invited speaker
Professor, Department of Psychology, Departments of Anatomy & Neurobiology and Pediatrics at Boston Univ School of Medicine, President, International Society for Autism Research (INSAR)
Early risk signs and development of language in autism spectrum disorder

Lonnie Zwaigenbaum, MD  (Canada) – Invited speaker
Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation, Endowed Chair in Autism Research; Developmental Pediatrician
and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Alberta, Canada, Member of the ICare4Autism Advisory Council
Advances in Early Detection and Diagnosis of Autism

Education-Behavioral Research and Practice

S. Mariam Aljunied, Ph.D.  (Singapore, UK) – Invited speaker
Principal Specialist, Education Psychology, Ministry of Education, Singapore
Right-sitting children with autism: A global search for the ‘right’ solution

Sami Basha, Ph.D.  (Palestine Authority)- Invited speaker
President Assistant for Quality and scientific research, Prof. Of Special and inclusive Education Palestine Ahliya University, Bethlehem /  Palestine Authority
First National Public Opinion Survey: Palestinians’ Knowledge and Understanding of Autism, 2012

Drs Nirit Bauminger-Zviely, Dana Shoham Kugelmass, Yael Kimhi, and Galit Agam Ben Artzi  (Israel)
Nirit Bauminger-Zviely, Ph.D., Professor, Head, Graduate Program in Special Education, Specializing in ASD School of Education; and Drs Dana Shoham Kugelmass, Yael Kimhi, Galit Agam Ben Artzi, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan, Israel.
Symposium – Social emotional functioning in HFASD: New findings and intervention implication

Josefa Ben-Arieh, Ph.D. (USA, Israel)
The Educator’s Guide to Teaching Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Robert Didden, Ph.D.  (Netherlands)
Professor at Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Effectiveness of low intensity behavioral treatment (ABA) in young children with ASD and intellectual disability: Results of a Dutch RCT study and variables predicting treatment success

Beth Diviney, Ph.D., BCBA (USA)
Behavior Consultant at learning centers and medical clinics, member of the ICare4Autism Advisory Council
Integrating Behavioral and Medical Care: A collaborative healthcare approach for people with ASD

Eitan Eldar, Ph.D., BCBA-D  (Israel)
Chairman of the Israeli Association of Applied Behavior Analysis, Head, the Applied Behavior Analysis Program, Kibbutzim College, Member of the ICare4Autism Advisory Council.
little secrets and the fallacies” of ABA in treating Autism

Elaine Hall and Diane Isaacs – (USA)
Seven Keys to Unlock Autism

Inbar Konforti, BCaBA  (Israel)
Founder and Director, Refael Center
ABA The Human Challenge, About Parents, Therapists, and what lies in-between

Carlos Marcin Salazar, Ph.D.  (Mexico) – Invited speaker
Director, The National Autism Clinic of Mexico (CLIMA) (Mexico)
ASD and Advocacy

Anne M. Mungai, Ph.D. (USA)
Associate Professor and Chair of Curriculum and Instruction Department, Director of Special Education graduate Program, Adelphi University
A Cultural Comparison of how families in Africa and United States consider their children with Autism

James W. Partington, PhD, BCBA-D  (USA)  Invited speaker
Director of Behavior Analysts, Inc., and author of the Assessment of Basic Language and Learning Skills-Revised (ABLLS-R).
Teach your children well: Practical advice for parents and professionals regarding designing and implementing effective interventions for the acquisition of language and social interaction skills

Stephen Shore, Ed.D.  (USA)
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Special Education, Adelphi University, NY
Life on and Slightly to the Right of the Autism Spectrum: An Inside View Towards Success

Abbie Weisberg and Heather Tratt, Directors at Keshet (USA) 
Abbie Weisberg, CEO/Executive Director, and Heather Tratt, COO/Director of Programs and Operations, Keshet (USA)
Keshet: Practical Approaches for life span programming for individuals on the Autism Spectrum

Drs Tamar Weiss, Eynat Gal, Nirit Bauminger-Zviely, Sigal Eden, and Massimo Zancanaro (Israel and Italy)
Patrice L. (Tamar) Weiss, OT, Ph.D., Eynat Gal, OT, Ph.D., Dept. of Occupational Therapy, University of Haifa; Nirit Bauminger, PhD, Sigal Eden,PhD, Bar-Ilan University, Israel; and Massimo Zancanaro, PhD, Italy
Symposium – Participatory Design of Technology to Create Intervention Tools for Children with

Pamela Wolfberg, Ph.D. (USA) – Invited speaker
Associate Professor and Director, Autism Spectrum Program in Department of Special Education, San Francisco State University, CA, USA
Integrated Play Groups®: Guiding Children with Autism in Social and Imaginary Worlds with Typical Peers

Massimo Zancanaro, Ph.D. (Italy)
Constructive misunderstandings: a computer scientist’s report on the design of collaborative technologies for children on the autism spectrum

Dalia Zwick, PT, Ph.D.  (USA)
Senior Rehabilitation Supervisor, Coordinator, Premier HealthCare, NY
Autism – Therapy and Orthotics in persistant Toe Walking

Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Policy and Awareness

Merry Barua   (India)
Director Action For Autism – National Centre for Autism, India
Perspectives in Including Children with Autism in Mainstream Classrooms   and
Empowering Mothers to Increase Reach in Low Resourced Settings

Bella Ben-Gershon
Director of the Autism Department, Mental Health Services, Ministry of Health (Israel)

Juan Carlos Brandt (United Nations) – Invited speaker
Chief, Advocacy and Special Events, Department of Public Information
United Nations

Eileen Hopkins  (UK)
Special Advisor, Autism, Policy and Practice Autistica, Autism Consultant to the Shirley Foundation, Member of ICare4Autism Advisory Council.
Autism Awareness and Advocacy Parents and Families –  Their role in our past and their  future.

Mrs. Marta Linares de Martinelli (Republic of Panama)
First Lady of the Republic of Panama, Welcoming Remarks

Hugh Morgan, MMedSc OBE FRSA (Wales)
CEO Autism Wales and Expert Advisor for ASD to the Welsh Assembly Government, Wales, Member of the ICare4Autism Advisory Council

Carlos Marcin Salazar, Ph.D.  (Mexico)
Director, The National Autism Clinic of Mexico (CLIMA) (Mexico)
ASD and Advocacy

Dr. Shekhar Saxena (Switzerland)
Director, Dept of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, World Health Organization (WHO)

Dame Stephanie Shirley (UK)  – Keynote Speaker
The British Government’s Founding Ambassador for Philanthropy, and Chairman of the Shirley Foundation

Joshua Weinstein, Ph.D., MBA  (USA, IS)
Founder & CEO of ICare4Autism, Shema Kolainu – Hear Our Voices, School and Center for Children with Autism and TISHMA, ABA Center for Children with Autism, USA and Israel

Dr. Wendy Zhang (China)
Founder/CEO of SinoCure LLC, China
New Autism Initiatives in China

If you would like the opportunity to report on empirical research or pilot projects for future research, please find more information about our Poster Presentation Format and Submission Process here.



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