Feb 1, 2013

Center for Disabilities spring ASD Conference features autism expert

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The Center for Disabilities at the USD Sanford School of Medicine will host “Embracing Autism with Practical Supports,” March 12-13, in Sioux Falls, S.D. at the Hilton Garden Inn.

Keynote speaker for the conference is Judy Endow, M.S.W.  Endow is an author and international speaker on a variety of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) related topics. She is part of the Wisconsin DPI Statewide Autism Training Team and a board member of the Wisconsin Chapter of the Autism Society of America and the Autism National Committee. In addition, she also works with the Autistic Global Initiative, a program of the Autism Research Institute. Endow maintains a private practice in Madison, Wis. providing consultation for families, school districts and other agencies. On the autism spectrum herself, she is the parent of three grown sons, one of whom has also been diagnosed with an ASD.

The conference addresses two main keynote topics — “Embracing Life Autistically” and “Diagnostic Deficits and the Humanity of Autism” — along with the presentation “Outsmarting Explosive Behavior.”

“This is a great opportunity to hear from someone who has a truly unique perspective on important issues related to ASD,” stated Dr. Eric Kurtz, director of the Center for Disabilities ASD Program. “As a professional working in the field of ASD, a parent of a child with an ASD, and a person with autism herself, Judy Endow provides essential information on effectively supporting individuals with ASD,”

Cost of the conference, which runs 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days, is $200 for professionals, $125 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/spring-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.

About The University of South Dakota
Founded in 1862, The University of South Dakota is designated as the only public liberal arts university in the state and is home to a comprehensive College of Arts and Sciences, School of Education, School of Health Sciences, the state's only School of Law, School of Medicine, the accredited Beacom School of Business and the College of Fine Arts. USD has an enrollment of more than 10,000 students taught by more than 400 faculty members. More information is available at www.usd.edu/press/news.

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