Monday, June 30, 2008

Blogger Taking Coverage Requests for 2008 ASA Conference

My Theme This Week: Anything happening in the Good Ole USA. : )

The big conference for Autism Society of America is coming up soon. It will be held July 9-12 in Orlando, Florida. One blogger from Florida will be covering the conference starting July 10th on her blog Cafe Autism. The author, Nancy N., is taking requests via the comment section of her blog. On a comment posted at my site on Friday's post, Nancy wrote:

"If anyone has any requests about what they would like to see me cover at the conference I would love them to contact me through the site at! I'm going to focus on stuff for parents."

My thoughts: I checked out the ASA conference schedule, which I'd suggest visiting before making a request. There will be an Exhibition Hall with vendors, poster sessions, and keynote speakers which include Temple Grandin, Dr. Robert Hendren, and James Ball.

There are also several educational sessions geared toward parents. It looks like there are a lot of great topics to choose from. One session (3225) that looked good to me was titled "With Open Arms: Creating School Communities of Support for Socially Challenged Kids by Mary Schlieder."

Unfortunately another one that looked really good is to be held at the same exact day and time, which is I believe is Saturday July 12 from 10:45 to noon (although this should be doubled checked as I am blogging in the morning when I tend to have brain fog). It was titled: "Ten Things you need to know Before your child turns 18" by Jaime, Tracy and Bryan Parent.

Perhaps, Nancy should blog about how to be in two places at once. That one would be a particularly useful skill to parents of children with ASD. ; )

Anyway, although my child is just about ten and Nancy's daughter is only five, the very last session listed looks interesting too. It's titled "Teaching the Hidden Curriculum of Sexuality: Guiding Adolescents" by Kristi Sakai. I'm thinking ahead!!!

Note of Interest: While I have only been living here for five years, Nancy grew up in Mt. Pleasant, MI. She writes, "I live in FL now though - no snow here! My grandmother is still in Mt. P, in assisted living at Maplewood. I haven't been up there since 2001 though, unfortunately. I miss it."


Casdok said...

These coferences are usualy really expensive (well they are over here!) so a great idea for someone to cover it!

Anonymous said...

I have never been to one of the conferences. Sounds like it would be interesting.