Every year we bring you 120+ speakers covering a wide range of topics that touch every area of your family's life. Here is a sample of our exciting speaker roster for 2013. This list is still under construction; many more will follow -- so stay tuned!

Julianne Adams, DSH-P, BCIH, NST-CP
Timothy A. Adams, Esq.
David Aiello
Erika Anderson
Marvin D. Anderson, MD
Lynne Arnold
Teri Arranga
Kevin Barry, Esq.
Jeffrey Becker, OD
Robert Scott Bell, DA Hom
Diane Belnavis
David Berger, MD
Linda Betzold
Mark Blaxill
Tom Bohager
James Jeffrey Bradstreet
Edie Brennan
Geri Brewster, RD, MPH, CDN
Sally Brockett, MS
Dan E. Burns, PhD
Congressman Dan Burton (R-IN)
Manuel F. Casanova, MD
Charles W. Chapple, DC, FICPA
Cathy Purple Cherry, AIA, LEED AP
Robert Coben, PhD
Lisa F. Colin, Esq.
Louis Conte
Jake Crosby
Kathy Darrow
Dorinne S. Davis
Dennis Debbaudt
Theresa Deisher, PhD
Lynn Rose Demartini, DSH-P, RN, HN-BC, LMT, BCIH, DCN
Richard Deth, PhD
Kim Diersen
Roy Dittman, OMD, MH
Alex Doman
Andi Durkin
Mayer Eisenstein, MD, JD, MPH
C. Rick Ellis, EdD
Karen Fessel, Dr PH
Kristen Franchak
Patrick Flynn, ND, NMD, DC
Richard E. Frye, MD, PhD
Andrew Gammachia
Carolyn Gammicchia
Donna Gates
David Geier

Mark Geier, MD, PhD
David S. Geslak
Tami Giles
Nicholas Glenski
Cindy L. Griffin, DSH-P, DIHom., FBIH, BCIH, DCNT
Kris Gustafson
Louise Kuo Habakus
Heyman Hakimi
Rolf Hazelhurst, Esq.
Betsy Hicks
John Hicks, MD
Sonja Hintz , RN
Mary Holland, Esq.
Brian S. Hooker, PhD, PE
Devin Houston, PhD
Sherrin Ross Ingram, Esq.
Russell Jaffe, MD, PhD, CCN
Jasmine Jafferali, MPH, ACE-CPT
Laurette Janak
Cody Jordan
Karen Kain
Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer
Jerrold J. Kartzinel, MD
Jennifer Keefe, Esq.
Raphael Kellman, MD
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr
H. M. Skip Kingston, PhD
Steven Kossor
Robert Krakow
Arthur Krigsman, MD
Beth Lambert
Mary Jo Lang, PhD, ABPN, BCBA-D
Lindyl Lanham, DSH-P, BCIH, DCNT
Chris Laurita
Jacqueline Laurita
Andreas Ludwig Kalcker, PhD
Derrick MacFabe, MD
Kent MacLeod
Alison MacNeil
Neil Margolis, OD
Jennifer Margulis, PhD
Jackie Marquette, PhD
Svetlana Masgutova, PhD
Jenny McCarthy
Robert J. Melillo, MS, MNeuroSci, DC, PhD (C) ,DABCN, FACFN, FABCDD
Jackie Moore
Shannon Nash, Esq.
Larry Newman

Dr. Richard Moskowitz
Amy Motsinger
Dr. Nancy Mullan
Dr. James Neubrander
Larry Newman
Dan Olmsted
Dr. James Partington
Dr. Mitch Perlman
Alan Phillips, Esq.
Cathy Purple Cherry
Jill Rabine
Wade Rankin
Robert Reeves, Esq.
Dr. Daniel Rossignol
Lisa Rudley
Sarah Scheflen, CCC-SLP
Dr. Harry Schneider
Dr. Norman Schwartz
Dr. Patrick Schwarz
Dr. Maya Shetreat-Klein
Dr. Stephen Shore
Jeremy Sicile-Kira
Robert Sidell
Ken Siri
Barry Smeltzer
Kim Stagliano
Dr. Carol Stott
Rev. Lisa Sykes
Ginger Taylor
Dr. Sherri Tenpenny
Dr. Theoharis Theoharides
Dr. Lauren Underwood
Dr. Anju Usman
Dr. Kyle Van Dyke
Jennifer VanDerHorst-Larson
Sueson Vess
Dr. Andrew Wakefield
Dr. Steve Walker
Dr. Rachel West
Dr. Sandra Williams
Alison Wimmer
Jane Winans

 

Cathy Purple Cherry, AIA, LEED AP

I want to build a living environment. Where do I start? This is a question many parents of children on the spectrum have. This session will explore the process of developing and/or building a living environment for our autistic children transitioning into the adult world. Identifying and setting your residential program’s goals will be discussed, along with the factors that will impact the development of those goals inclusive of defining the population of the program, the required staffing needs and whether the program will be private pay or use public funding.

Additionally, information on zoning and building issues will be discussed to educate the attendees on possible obstacles that may hinder or impact their planned living environment or residential program. Some of the obstacles may include restrictions for proximity of residential homes from each other or number of homes on one property.

After the discussion on the process of developing goals and understanding zoning and building issues, the attendees will look at the process of creating and building a living environment through a case study of a new adult residential program for young adults with disabilities being developed in Phoenix, Arizona.

Sun, 05/25/2014 - 10:00am - 11:00am
GUGGENHEIM
Conference 2014
Biography
Cathy Purple Cherry, AIA, LEED AP is a leader in the design of environments for children and adults with special needs. As a Special Needs Architect, Ms. Cherry, Principal, Purposeful Architecture™ and Purple Cherry Architects, creates spaces that foster thoughtful living and learning environments and inspire creativity, individuality and independence. Ms. Cherry is currently working on projects being designed and constructed nationally to better serve our special needs population. Ms. Cherry lectures nationally and is on the national board for the Autism Society.

Cathy Purple Cherry

This panel is a gathering of parents and professionals who have effectively created a successful housing task force, changed waiver language, accessed tax credit dollars or housing subsidies, and/or successfully created affordable living environments for special needs and autism communities. The panel will also present the specific successes of the Myers Place project in Mt. Pleasant, IL, a mixed-use supportive housing development for individuals with disabilities. This new construction project featured 39 furnished apartments, as well as a community room, kitchen, laundry facilities, and offices for case managers.

Sat, 05/24/2014 - 8:30am - 10:45am
POLLACK A
Conference 2014

This panel is a gathering of parents and professionals who have effectively created a successful housing task force, changed waiver language, accessed tax credit dollars or housing subsidies, and/or successfully created affordable living environments for special needs and autism communities. The panel will also present the specific successes of the Myers Place project in Mt. Pleasant, IL, a mixed-use supportive housing development for individuals with disabilities. This new construction project featured 39 furnished apartments, as well as a community room, kitchen, laundry facilities, and offices for case managers.

Sat, 05/24/2014 - 2:45pm - 5:00pm
POLLACK A
Conference 2014
Biography
principal of Purposeful Architecture / Purple Cherry Architects

Louis Conte

The authors discuss the historical background of their books. The Autism War is a gripping suspense novel that mirrors the reality of the NVICP and the autism epidemic while shedding light on the struggles of regular Americans struggling to raise their children with autism. Tony Colletti, a good suburban cop finds himself caught up in the dark world of the NVICP as he leads a team of investigators and advocates down a dangerous road toward exposing the truth. On this journey, Colletti will confront corrupt government officials, public relations spin masters, Russian gangsters employed by pharma and his own haunted past. The Vaccine Court: The Dark Truth of America's Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, is a hard look at the NVICP and the families desperately trying to navigate their way through it. The book shines a light on the mysterious and often unknown world of the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP), the only recourse for seeking compensation for those who have been injured by a vaccine. The NVICP, better known as the “Vaccine Court,” however, is not without controversy. Mr. Rohde looks into the inner workings of the US Federal Claims Court and the NVICP. He interviews families who have filed petitions and won compensation, families who have been denied compensation, and families still waiting for a decision.

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 9:45am - 10:45am
MONTROSE
Conference 2014
Biography
Is the father of triplet boys, two with autism. He is the director of the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Justice Project and a founding advocate member of EBCALA. He serves on the board of the Autism Action Network. Mr. Conte has advocated extensively in New York for autism health insurance reform, vaccination choice and improved educational services for people with autism. In his professional life, Mr. Conte is an assistant commissioner in the Westchester County Department of Probation where he has administered investigation and supervision programs that focus on sex offenders and domestic violence perpetrators. He is proud to have been part of a team that established the nation’s first sex offense court. Mr. Conte graduated from Iona College in 1982. He is an instructor in the Japanese Martial Art of Ju Jitsu.

Nathan Coombs

This presentation will highlight our experiences with cannabis and how it has benefitted our children with autism and seizures. We will discuss the various beneficial properties of cannabis. We will also touch on current trends in legalization and the history of why cannabis is deemed a scheldule I drug.

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 5:30pm - 6:30pm
MONTROSE
Conference 2014, Sez - Seizures
Biography
Nathan, is a respected educator, has an advanced degree in special education and over 10 years of experience in this field. He is also co-owner of The Autism & Compassionate Care Connection, a medical marijuana collective, created in 2010. It is his mission to help individuals with autism increase their self awareness and quality of life through a scientific approach of cultivating high quality strains of medical cannabis strategically targeted at alleviating their specific symptoms, through seamless administration methods of ingestion and inhalation. It is his desire to offer individuals with autism and their families this holistic alternative to alleviating symptoms and behaviors associated with ASD. asdconnection.com

Jake Crosby, MPH

Presentation 1 - Investigating Autism

So often, when we think of investigating autism, we think of discovering the physiological underpinnings. But what about the sociological forces that perpetuate the autism epidemic? Politics from without? Or – surprisingly – politics from within? In this startling lecture, Jacob Crosby, MPH, discusses the obstructionist forces that have hampered progress within the autism advocacy arena.

Sat, 05/24/2014 - 2:45pm - 3:45pm
AVEDON
Conference 2014
Biography
Jake Crosby is editor of Autism Investigated. He is a 2011 graduate of Brandeis University with a bachelor’s degree in both history and health and a 2013 graduate of The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services with a master’s degree in epidemiology. He currently attends the University of Texas School of Public Health where he is studying for a PhD in epidemiology. For nearly five years, he was contributing editor to Age of Autism.

Kathy Darrow - RDI

An essential component for any age, in addition to healing the body, is developing the mind. People with autism miss the development of important mental processes while their bodies are in distress. Parents are key influencers of dynamic thinking and decision making. The Relationship Development Intervention(RDI™) Program supports individuals in addressing vital mental processes. This talk will focus on understanding the development of complex thinking and relating abilities for our loved ones.

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 3:15pm - 4:15pm
LOUVRE 3
Conference 2014
Biography
Kathy Darrow, BA is the mother of four children, two of which were diagnosed with autism in 1999 and 2003. She holds a professional certification in Relationship Development Intervention and is the owner of Mastering Milestones in Haddonfield, New Jersey. Her 14 years of personal and professional experience add unique dimension to her work with families. In addition to her work in New Jersey with families and schools, she also consults /travels to the west coast and abroad.

Kathy Darrow

RDI parents from all over the world are addressing the complex thinking and relating abilities that may have been masked beneath the biomedical needs of autism. Using the (RDI™) model, parents receive guidance and support to address these vital life abilities. This talk will focus on how parents are providing real life and integrated experiences that lead to learning and growing through relationships. Attendees will receive an understanding of the essential components of how the program works.

Sun, 05/25/2014 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
AVEDON
Conference 2014
Biography
Kathy Darrow, BA is the mother of four children, two of which were diagnosed with autism in 1999 and 2003. She holds a professional certification in Relationship Development Intervention and is the owner of Mastering Milestones in Haddonfield, New Jersey. Her 14 years of personal and professional experience add unique dimension to her work with families. In addition to her work in New Jersey with families and schools, she also consults /travels to the west coast and abroad.

Jackie de Vries, MS Computer Science, Columbia University; Barbara Brennan School of Healing

Autism disrupts the early childhood developmental process which is the foundation for neurotypical development. Recovery is most complete when paired with therapies that improve brain regulation, enhance the adaptation of physical body systems, release underlying stress and trauma and bridge the developmental gaps. At Crossroads we tailor our multidisciplinary approach for each individual including unique neurofeedback modalities, energy bioregulation systems and integrated somatic therapies. We will share the insights we have garnered on this journey through recovery.

Sat, 05/24/2014 - 8:30am - 9:30am
MONTROSE
Conference 2014
Biography
Jackie de Vries is the Director of the Crossroads Center of NJ, providing wellness services with specialties in Autism Spectrum Disorders and chronic complex illnesses. Following a 28 year career in computer science research and development, Jackie's learning about recovery has been first hand, with the need to recover herself and her son from a toxic mold exposure, lyme disease, with illness onset precipitated by vaccines. Neurofeedback, energy and somatic therapies were key components in the recovery process.

Theresa A Deisher, Ph.D.

Dr. Deisher will summarize 1) the current worldwide autism epidemic through SCPI's new interactive globe of data, 2) the temporal association between the use of human fetal cell lines for vaccine manufacture and autism disorder, 3) introduce the science of auto-immunity and insertional mutagenesis that can be triggered by human fetal manufactured vaccines and 4) discuss clinical and real-life experiments demonstrating the risks of childhood vaccines containing extremely high levels of human fetal DNA and retroviral fragment contaminants.

Sun, 05/25/2014 - 10:00am - 11:00am
CASSATT
Bio - Biomedical Research & Treatments , Conference 2014
Biography
Dr. Theresa Deisher’s career has focused on discovering and developing new therapies for grievous human illness. Dr. Deisher earned her PhD in Molecular and Cellular Physiology from Stanford University and has spent over 20 years in commercial biotechnology, with Genentech, Repligen, ZymoGenetics, Immunex and Amgen, prior to founding AVM Biotechnology and Sound Choice Pharmaceutical Institute (SCPI). Her work led to 23 issued US patents and four clinical trials from those discoveries.

Richard C. Deth, PhD (Pharmacology)

Brain development is driven by changes in methylation of DNA and histone proteins which combine to provide epigenetic regulation. Methylation depends upon methionine synthase and vitamin B12. B12 status in the brain is distinct from the rest of the body, and brain levels of B12 are markedly lower in autism, schizophrenia and normal aging. Recent studies of the epigenetic effects of gluten and casein-derived opiate peptides indicate their significance for development and life-long disease risk.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm
GUGGENHEIM
Conference 2014

The ability to resist oxidation and to adapt to environmental stressors is fundamental to homeostasis, and sulfur metabolism provides the foundation for these abilities. Signaling molecules with the ability to change the redox state can exert a broad influence over cellular metabolism, including methylation-mediated epigenetic effects on gene transcription that can persist across the lifespan and even across generations. Conversely, environmental factors which interfere with redox signaling can disrupt its regulatory role, contributing to a number of disorders affecting almost every aspect of physiological function. This lecture will provide an overview of the metabolic and biochemical relationships that control the redox state of cells, including tissue-specific differences.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm
CASSATT
CME - CMEs / Medical Credit Program, Conference 2014

There is extensive evidence indicating the occurrence of oxidative stress, neuroinflammation and impaired methylation in autism and related neurodevelopmental disorders. This knowledge has assisted in identifying treatment approaches which can provide therapeutic benefit for many, but not all individuals. Autism serves to highlight the critical relationship between the GI tract and neurological/immunological development, in which epigenetic regulation plays a key role. The important role of genetic susceptibility can also be viewed within the context of redox and methylation-related metabolism. This lecture will review the scientific evidence for impaired redox and methylation status in autism, including possible causative factors and implications for treatment.

Learning objectives:
The clinician will:
Learn underlying physiological mechanisms vital to a deeper understanding of autism spectrum disorder
Understand the role of methylation in autism spectrum disorder
Understand the role of oxidative stress and inflammation in autism pathology
Understand the interrelationships of different body systems
Understand epigenetic regulation upon body systems

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm
CASSATT
Conference 2014

Dr. Deth will present recent findings of low levels of vitamin B12, methionine synthase activity and thiol metabolite status in the brain in autism, schizophrenia and aging. The influence of gluten and casein-derived opiate peptides on redox and methylation status and their epigenetic effects will also be discussed. The underlying mechanisms for these results will be reviewed in the context of the Redox/Methylation Hypothesis of Autism.

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 8:30am - 9:30am
AVEDON
Conference 2014
Biography
Dr. Richard Deth is a molecular neuroscientist at Northeastern University and Florida Atlantic University. His research interests include the regulation of methylation reactions by oxidative stress and epigenetic control over gene expression in neuronal cells and brain, particularly in relation to autism, schizophrenia and Alzheimer's disease.