Early bird registration for the Irish Society for Autism’s International Conference is now open and will close on November 30th 2012.
The Irish Society for Autism is celebrating their 50th Anniversary providing services for people with Autism. To mark this occasion and to celebrate World Autism Awareness Day, an International Autism Conference is being held in the Convention Centre Dublin, on the 3rd & 4th April 2013.
More than 500 delegates are expected to travel from all over Europe and USA. The target audience includes parents of people with Autism, professionals who work in the field of Autism, educators, teachers, and policy makers.
The conference will bring together some of the world’s top professionals who, over a two day period, will deliver exciting plenary sessions, stimulating workshops and social exchanges. The keynote address will be delivered by internationally renowned Professor of Animal Sciences Dr. Temple Grandin. Other speakers include Prof. Michael Fitzgerald, a Henry Marsh Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Trinity College Dublin, Paul Shattock, OBE, President of the World Autism Organisation, Professor Rita Jordan, Autism Centre for Education & Research, University of Birmingham, UK, Theo Peeters, founder of the Opleidingscentrum Autisme (Centre for Training in Autism) in Belgium, Hilde de Clerq, author and member of the International Associate Editors of ‘Good Autism Practice’ and Ros Blackburn, an adult with Autism and international lecturer on care and education.
The central theme of the conference will be “The Next Generation” focusing on enhanced legislation, increased awareness, autism-specific education, early diagnosis and intervention.
Early Bird Registration is now open. Register NOW
Registration for the full two-day conference includes plenary sessions, a choice of workshops and participant pack as well as lunch and refreshments on both days and attendance at a social event on the first evening of the conference.
Conference Speaker In Focus: Prof Michael Fitzgerald is Henry Marsh Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Trinity College, Dublin. He was the first Professor of Child Psychiatry in Ireland and has diagnosed over 2000 persons with ASD since 1973. Michael was involved in writing 18 books including Co-Editing the Handbook of ADHD published by Wiley. He has written a number of books on creativity including The Genesis of Artistic Creativity. He has extensive clinical experience with persons with ADHD children and adults.
About the Irish Society for Autism
The Irish Society for Autism the longest autism-specific service provider in Ireland. The society was formed with the goal of creating awareness of Autism and convincing the authorities that early diagnosis and specialised education would greatly enhance the quality of life for people with Autism. The Irish Society for Autism, when established in 1963, was the second autism organisation in the world. Since then the Irish Society for Autism has been providing information on Autism for thousands of people with Autism, parents, families, educators, students and health care workers. It has also been successful in creating residential services for Adults with Autism in Dublin, Galway, Kildare, Meath, Westmeath and Wexford and creating the European Charter of Rights for People with Autism. The Irish Society for Autism is a founder member of Autism Europe and the World Autism Organisation. The Executive Director, Dr. Pat Matthews, was the first President of the World Autism Organisation.