Autism seminar signup starts

VERONA — The Arc Oneida-Lewis Chapter, Madison Cortland ARC, and Herkimer ARC are hosting the Fourth Annual Autism Seminar on Monday, Sept. 24 at Vernon Downs, 4229 Stuhlman Road.

Signup has started by calling Carolyn Roy at 574—7780. The cost for admission is $50 for family members, $80 for NYSARC staff, and $130 for teachers and professionals.

NYSARC is a non-profit human services agency which provides advocacy and services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Oneida and Lewis counties.

The Conference begins at 8:30 a.m. and features speaker Brenda Smith Myles, Ph.D., who will discuss the "Ziggurat Model" and "Hidden Curriculum: Practical Solutions for Understanding Rules in Social Situations." Myles is a consultant with the Ziggurat Group and the Education and Treatment Services Project for Military Dependent Children with Autism. She is the recipient of the Autism Society of America’s Outstanding Professional Award, the Princeton Fellowship Award, and the Council for Exceptional Children, Division on Developmental Disabilities Burton Blatt Humanitarian award.

In addition, Myles has made over 500 presentations around the world and written more than 150 articles and books on Autism Spectrum Disorders.

"Providing this conference to families and professionals is extremely important. Working together (three NYSARC Chapters) we are able to provide a nationally recognized expert in the field of Autism," said Raymond Lewandowski, executive director at the Madison Cortland ARC. "The end result is that more families and individuals with Autism and other disabilities are better supported in our community. We are very proud that Herkimer ARC, The Arc Oneida ­ Lewis, and Madison Cortland ARC continue to work together to help families and individuals with disabilities."