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Casa Colina Autism Conference to be Held March 11th and 12th at Hilton Los Angeles/San Gabriel

Casa Colina Autism Conference to be Held March 11th and 12th at Hilton Los Angeles/San Gabriel

Pomona, CA…Casa Colina’s Fifth Annual Trends in Autism Conference will be held at the Hilton Los Angeles/San Gabriel located at 2256 West Valley Blvd. in San Gabriel, California on Saturday, March 11 from 7:30 am to 3:15 pm and Sunday, March 12th from 9 am to 4:30 pm.

The conference features physicians, therapists and other Autism experts and is intended to assist family members of individuals with Autism, people who have been diagnosed with Autism, teachers, educators, and clinicians – about the latest clinical developments, real life experiences, challenges, and achievements.

A guest speaker of special interest is Gerald Newport, a man with Autism / Asperger’s Syndrome who has been featured on the television show “60 Minutes” and is currently the topic of a major motion picture being produced and released in April 2006 about his life experiences. Starring Josh Hartnett (Pearl Harbor, Black Hawk Down, Saturday Night Live), the film is a very unconventional love story based on the life of Newport. It is the romance of Donald Morton (Josh Hartnett) and Isabelle Sorenson (Radha Mitchell), both of whom have Asperger’s syndrome, a kind of autism. Rain Man screenwriter, Ron Bass, wrote the film which is entitled Mozart and the Whale: An Asperger’s Love Story. The film has been shown at festivals and will be released on April 14, starting its theatrical run in Seattle, Washington.

Other presenters include the world-renown Dr. Margaret Bauman, an Associate Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School and Associate Pediatrician and Neurologist at Mass General Hospital for Children; Marvin Natowicz, M.D., Ph.D., Director of Neurometabolism and Pediatric Neurology Research at the Neuroscience Center of the Cleveland Foundation; Emily Rubin, M.S., CCC-SLP, a lecturer at Yale University and Director of Communication Crossroads in Carmel, CA; Marian Sigman, Ph.D., Director of the UCLA Center for Autism Research and Treatment; and many more experts in the field.

This conference is vendorized by the Regional Center. Certificates of Attendance will be available as well as certain continuing education credits. CME credits will also be provided.

A continental breakfast, box lunch, and break snacks on both days of the conference will be provided. Cost is $225 per person. For more information about the conference, continuing education credits and special hotel rates, please call 909/596-7733, Ext. 2209 or email Walk-in registrations may be available if space permits.

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