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

 

Karen Kain

Presentation 1 - A Unique Life Fully Lived

When Lorrin was 3, Karen made a pivotal choice to embrace Lorrin’s uniqueness and enjoy all areas of life, living without rules and boundaries. Karen overcame life’s massive roadblocks as she raised Lorrin. Together they held their heads high as they paved the way to giving all parents permission to explore and enjoy life. Karen found that the solution to winning in this life of parenting a unique child started with being committed to having a great attitude and perspective regardless of their situation.

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 8:30am - 9:30am
LOUVRE 3
Conference 2014
Biography
Karen Kain—a parent of a medically fragile, vaccine-injured child named Lorrin for 15 years—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: best friends, slumber parties, concerts, camping, beauty pageants, Girl Scouts, school dances, musicals and endless travels. Lorrin was totally comfortable with who she was, even though she was cortically blind, nonverbal and a quadriplegic who lived with uncontrolled seizures for her entire life. Karen is committed to helping children who are living a unique life experience by supporting their parents. Lorrin and Karen's story is the subject of a new book, A Unique Life Fully Lived: The Lorrin Kain Story. www.Lorrinsworld.com. www.karenkain.com.

Robert J. Krakow, Esq.

Mr. Krakow provides an overview of the status of vaccine injury litigation in the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, including the latest theories being litigated with respect to childhood developmental problems, including “autism." In his talk Mr. Krakow provides a review of the status of advocacy on behalf of children with autism, the history of efforts by advocates to address the interests of individuals with autism and a review of the past decade of “autism” advocacy.

Sat, 05/24/2014 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm
AVEDON
Conference 2014
Biography
Is an attorney in private practice in New York City. Bob started his legal career with the New York Public Interest Research Group, a consumer advocacy organization. For nine years in the 1980s Bob was a prosecutor with the New York County (Manhattan) District Attorney’s office, serving as Bureau Chief of the special narcotics prosecution division. He founded his law firm in 1989, focusing on the trial of civil and criminal cases, including personal injury and medical malpractice cases. He also specializes in the representation of individuals injured by exposure to vaccines. Bob represents families of children with autism in a variety of venues, including insurance coverage disputes, IDEA education disputes with school districts, and claims of educational and medical neglect. Bob has served as a volunteer Director with not-for-profit agencies, including one of the largest and oldest New York City voluntary organizations that provides residential, educational, day program and medical supports for individuals with disabilities.

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.