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UAlbany Center for Autism Holds Conference on Improving Students' Quality of Life in School Settings

Contact(s):  Catherine Herman (518) 956-8150

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The session will explore the concept of quality of life as it relates to the positive supports for students with ASD and other developmental disabilities.

ALBANY, N.Y. (October 27, 2009) --  

What:
The Center for Autism and Related Disabilities at the University at Albany is hosting its eighth annual conference, "Research and Practice: A Partnership to Improve the Lives of Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)." Topics include bullying and autism spectrum disorders; assistive technology solutions for students with ASD; creating peer-mediated interventions for elementary school students with ASD; group cognitive behavioral therapy for high functioning children with ASD; and understanding and decreasing challenging behaviors.

Who:  
Keynote: Linda M. Bambara, Ed.D., professor in the College of Education at Lehigh University, will present “Quality of Life: It's What It's All About.” The session will explore the concept of quality of life as it relates to the positive supports for students with ASD and other developmental disabilities, as well as highlight specific strategies to enhance quality of life in school settings.

When:
Friday, October 30, 2009, 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Keynote begins at 8:30 a.m.

Where:
The Desmond Hotel and Conference Center, 660 Albany Shaker Road, Albany
Registration required, visit CARD's Web site or call (518) 442-2574.

Background:
The Center for Autism and Related Disabilities is a university-affiliated resource center that brings research and practice together in community settings. CARD Albany provides evidence based training and support to families and professionals in Albany, Columbia, Fulton, Greene, Hamilton, Montgomery, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Rensselaer, Washington, and Warren Counties in New York State.

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