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

 

Kim Isaac- 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 - 2:15pm - 3:15pm
LOUVRE 3
Conference 2014
Biography
Kim Isaac has been in the field of autism since 1997. She has a Masters of Science degree in Counseling Studies and a professional certification in Relationship Development Intervention. She specializes in family consulting and adults with ASD. She is also a co-host of Understanding Autism Radio Show.While Kim's private practice, Autism with Excellence LLC, is based in Phoenix, Arizona, she also travels to nine different states within the country consulting with individuals and families.

Kim Isaac

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 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
AVEDON
Conference 2014
Biography
Kim Isaac has been in the field of autism since 1997. She has a Masters of Science degree in Counseling Studies and a professional certification in Relationship Development Intervention. She specializes in family consulting and adults with ASD. She is also a co-host of Understanding Autism Radio Show. While Kim's private practice, Autism with Excellence LLC, is based in Phoenix, Arizona, she also travels to nine different states within the country consulting with individuals and families.

Russell Jaffe, MD, PhD

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm
CASSATT
Conference 2014, Down - Down Syndrome
Biography
Dr. Russell Jaffe received his BS, MD and Ph.D from the Boston University School of Medicine in 1972. He completed residency training in clinical chemistry at the National Institutes of Health (1973 – 1976), remaining on the permanent senior staff until 1979. He is board certified in Clinical and Chemical Pathology. As a physician and scientist who aspired to be comprehensive, objective, empiric and experiential, Dr. Jaffe started his career searching for deeper understanding, wisdom, evidence and insight in mechanisms of health.

YI Jin, MD

Dr. Marco Ruggiero of Italy, Dr. Yi Jin formerly of China, and Dr. James Jeffrey Bradstreet of the United States will present cutting-edge innovations in brain treatment and immune treatment and will explain how the two are connected.

Sat, 05/24/2014 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
CASSATT
Bio - Biomedical Research & Treatments , Conference 2014
Biography
Dr. Yi Jin is a psychiatrist with 30 years of neuroscience research experiences. He is a faculty members at both UCSD and USC. He has co-founded two biomed companies, Neosync, Inc. and Newport Brain Research Laboratory (NBRL), and currently holds positions of COB and CMO in NBRL.

Karen Kain

Presentation 1 - A Unique Life Fully Lived

Karen Kain's daughter Lorrin was injured by her DPT vaccine in 1994 at six weeks of age. HHS never argued about the cause of injury. Lorrin lived in a broken body until she died at 15. In Karen's new book, "A Unique Life Fully LIved" Karen will share what she and Lorrin discovered together, and how she found a way past societal assumptions to get creative and enjoy her daughter no matter her perceived abilities. Karen made her own way and created a lifetime of loving memories.

Sat, 05/24/2014 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm
MONTROSE
Conference 2014, Edu - Education
Biography
Karen Kain a parent of a medically fragile, vaccine-injured child, Lorrin—teaches parents how to enjoy their children no matter their abilities. She shares how she bridged the gap from special needs to mainstream experiences in all arenas of life. When Lorrin was vaccine injured Karen’s world fell apart. Life as she knew it was put “on hold” as she tried everything that she could to give Lorrin the best life possible. Karen's new book, "A Unique Life Fully Lived" tells her unique tale.

Raun K. Kaufman, BA, Biomedical Ethics, Brown University

With humor and inspiration, Raun K. Kaufman and Kim Korpady will provide innovative, outside-the-box techniques - from Raun's new book, Autism Breakthrough - that you can use today to help your child: move beyond stimming (without you stopping or discouraging your child’s behavior), learn new skills (without you having to push or pressure), and, most especially, to form meaningful, caring relationships with others. Raun will also recount his own story of full recovery from severe autism.

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 5:30pm - 6:30pm
LOUVRE 1&2
Conference 2014
Biography
Raun K. Kaufman is the author of the new book, Autism Breakthrough. As the Director of Global Education for the Autism Treatment Center of America®, Kaufman conducts lectures and seminars worldwide and was the recipient of the Best Presenter award at the national Autism One conference, given to the winner of a nationwide survey. In his work with families and professionals over the past 15 years, Kaufman brings his distinctive history as a person fully recovered from severe autism.

Michele Kong, MD

This presentation will cover how to medically and critically assess a child with autism in an emergency, including consideration of mitochondrial issues, what anesthesia is safe, what kinds of medication are safe, and how to dose.

Learning objectives:

Early assessment and goal directed therapy in shock
Rapid assessment and management of an acute abdomen
Considerations for acute management of a special needs child

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 10:00am - 11:45am
CASSATT
CME - CMEs / Medical Credit Program, Conference 2014
Biography
Michele Kong, MD, is a board certified pediatric intensivist who is also the mother of a 6-year old son with Autism. She received her MD from the University of Calgary, Canada and is currently an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She provides medical care to critically ill children in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, with a research focus on understanding host-viral interactions, and development of novel biomarkers and therapeutic targets for respiratory viral infections. She is co-founder of KultureCity, a non-for profit established to provide direct and tangible assistance to families with special needs children, including scholarships for therapies, respite services, provision of communicative devices and much more.

Kim Korpady, BA, Early Childhood Development, Sweet Briar College

With humor and inspiration, Raun K. Kaufman and Kim Korpady will provide innovative, outside-the-box techniques - from Raun's new book, Autism Breakthrough - that you can use today to help your child: move beyond stimming (without you stopping or discouraging your child’s behavior), learn new skills (without you having to push or pressure), and, most especially, to form meaningful, caring relationships with others. Raun will also recount his own story of full recovery from severe autism.

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 5:30pm - 6:30pm
LOUVRE 1&2
Conference 2014
Biography
Kim Korpady has worked with hundreds of children on the autism spectrum from around the world, across all age ranges and skill levels. With her extensive Son-Rise Program® training and her degree in Early Childhood Development, she brings a great depth of skill and experience to the families with whom she works. She has lectured throughout the U.S., where attendees especially appreciate her warmth, sincerity, playfulness, and ability to make concepts and techniques easily understood.

Steven Kossor, MA

The Office of Civil Rights can be accessed as a potent ally in the search for behavioral and psychological treatment funding for children with Autism spectrum disorders. Children with ASD can be enrolled in Medicaid as a "family of one" in at least 36 states -- family income is not counted -- and are thereby entitled under Federal law (as a Civil Right) to funding for treatment that is "sufficient in amount, duration and scope to reasonably achieve the purpose for which it is furnished." This treatment can include 1:1 behavioral support, ABA therapy and a host of other treatments. HBOT has been funded under EPSDT, for example. This is truly "the greatest treatment funding secret ever concealed" and now the Office of Civil Rights can be accessed to help parents overcome the obstacles that states have created to hide and obstruct access to EPSDT funding.

Sat, 05/24/2014 - 8:30am - 9:30am
LOUVRE 3
Advocacy - Advocacy in Action, Conference 2014
Biography
Licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist Steven Kossor, has been recognized by the US Congress, both houses of the Pennsylvania Legislature, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and by the President's New Freedom Commission on Mental Health for his visionary leadership in the creation of "Behavioral Health Rehabilitation Services (BHRS) in a wraparound cup" that can get and keep funding for their child’s treatment until the treatment is finished successfully.

Arthur Krigsman, MD

This presentation will describe the process by which "new" disorders are initially recognized and then scientifically validated in the laboratory. Collaboration between clinician and bench scientist is critical.The process begins with the clinical recognition of specific symptoms in a defined population, investigation of those symptoms by the clinician to find their clinical organ(s) of origin and involvement, and then defining the disease condition using tools readily available to the clinician. Presentation of these findings by the clinician to the bench scientist then allows laboratory definition of the disease process in terms of mechanisms and pathways using tools not available to the clinician. Data obtained from such laboratory evaluations are then analyzed by the clinician to search for additional clinical correlates and mechanisms that ultimately lead to effective treatments and, hopefully, a cure. The back and forth flow of information over numerous cycles further refines and validates the data.
Specifically, this age old and time tested collaborative process has been at the heart of the evolving understanding of autism associated inflammatory bowel disease. Beginning with the clinical symptomatic presentation of the disease, the attendees will be shown how the close collaboration of a pediatric gastroenterologist and molecular biologist has succeeded in definitively defining this new disease and what new information continues to emerge from this collaboration.

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm
AVEDON
Conference 2014
Biography
Arthur Krigsman MD is an internationally recognized expert in the area of GI disease in the ASD population. He has treated over 1800 such children and has presented his findings and observations in numerous peer reviewed journals, book chapters, and magazine articles as well as at professional and lay conferences in the USA, Canada, and abroad.