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Thursday, March 22, 2012 - Symposium to focus on improving quality of life for adults with ASD
The Oakland University Center for Autism Research, Education and Support (OUCARES) will explore "Residential Living and Employment for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder" as the focus of its 4th Annual OUCARES Quality of Life Symposium set for May 7-8.

Appearing as the keynote speaker will be Michigan Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley, who has been a strong advocate of efforts to ensure that children with autism spectrum disorder are able to receive insurance coverage for treatment.

"We are honored to have the Lieutenant Governor be our keynote speaker at this year's Quality Of Life Symposium," said OUCARES Director Kathy Sweeney. "His support and insight regarding improving the quality of life for those impacted by ASD is welcomed by OUCARES, both as our Lieutenant Governor and as a father of a child with autism."

Expert presenters will discuss how the quality of life for adolescents and adults on the autism spectrum depends not only upon the foundation that is provided in childhood, but also on ongoing supports that are specific to their employment and residential living needs.

Participants including parents and caregivers, social workers, professionals, employers, educators, students and adults living with ASD will be enabled and encouraged to think out of the box when addressing these issues.

Featured speakers will include:

  • Peter F. Gerhardt, Ed.D., president of the Organization for Autism Research
  • Gail Hawkins, founder of the Hawkins Institute
  • Ann Turnbull, Ed.D., distinguished professor at the University of Kansas

The symposium, which will take place at the Marriott Auburn Hills, is available for continuing education credits in a number of disciplines. Certificates of attendance also will be available.

Cost to attend the event, which includes lunch and refreshments, is $185 for those who register on or before April 5, and $200 for those who register after. For more information or to register, visit