Keynote speaker for the conference is Dr. Peter Gerhardt, the Upper School for the McCarton School education director and founding chair of the Scientific Council for the Organization for Autism Research. Gerhardt has more than 30 years of experience utilizing the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis in support of adolescents and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) in educational, employment, residential and community-based settings. He has written several articles and book chapters on adolescents and adults dealing with ASD, and presented internationally on this topic.
“Providing services to assist in the transition to adulthood is an ever increasing need in our efforts to support individuals with ASD. Issues such as education, housing, recreation, health care, and employment opportunities must all be adequately addressed.” stated Dr. Eric Kurtz, director of the ASD Program at the Center for Disabilities.
Cost of the conference, which runs 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, is $200 for professionals, $100 for a family member of an individual with a disability, and $60 for full-time students. For more information or to register for the conference, go to www.usd.edu/medical-school/center-for-disabilities/fall-autism-conference.cfm.
About the Sanford School of Medicine
For more than a century, the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine has set the standard for medical education of students, residents and professionals in the state. The school’s mission includes education, research and service. It emphasizes family practice to help create the next generation of doctors for all parts of the state. The school’s economic impact includes attracting $17 million annually in research funding as well as hosting two of the four 2010 Research Centers designated by the governor.