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US Autism & Asperger Association
September 7, 2010

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On October 1-3, 2010, the US Autism & Asperger Association launches its fifth annual conference in St. Louis, Missouri at the Hilton St. Louis Airport Hotel. Over thirty world leading experts will discuss new treatment regimes and effective therapies. After three days, you will leave the conference armed with tools of practical protocols, valuable hope, and new resources for support for your child, grandchild, niece, nephew, patient, friend, student, or yourself.


Speaker Spotlight

Theresa K. Wrangham

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Theresa K. Wrangham became a parent advocate as a result of her daughter Deanna’s life-threatening asthma, as well as her daughter Rachel’s diagnosis of an Autism Spectrum Disorder. As a former AMTA massage therapist and Usui Reiki master, she views health holistically and brings an experienced parent's perspective on raising a healthy children affected by asthma and ASD to her advocacy work. She lives in Colorado with her husband of over 20 years, Scott.

In 2001 she co-founded the Autism Society of Boulder County (ASBC) in Colorado and served five terms as its president and, served on the Board of Directors for the Autism Society of Colorado. She is currently the Executive Director for NVIC and has served on the Board of Directors for SafeMinds since 2007 and is its immediate past president. She serves on advisory boards for the US Autism & Asperger Association and the American Medical Autism Board and is a representative on the Boulder Valley School District Special Education Advisory Committee in Colorado. Within her community, she has helped to raise public awareness of biomedical causes and treatments for autism by publishing Colorado’s first autism specific resource guide and coordinating conferences and lectures, as well as Colorado’s consensus statement supporting the Combating Autism Act.

Additionally, in 2005 she worked with local agencies to establish a parent-directed treatment program for autistic individuals who are ineligible for state DDS services. This program has paid for $575,000 in treatments and changed the lives of 115 families. Theresa collaborated with Google to create Project Spectrum, a program designed to assist the autism community to identify possible career paths and to give educators classroom tools, and assist parents to obtaining special education services for their children. In 2006, the Boulder County Business Report recognized Theresa as a Health Care Hero. Theresa regularly published the ASBC and SafeMinds eNewsletters and, articles in Mothering Magazine, The Autism File, Age of Autism and Pathways. She has been featured in local and national television and print news reports.

Theresa was responsible for coordinating the volunteers and many other activities associated with the USAAA 3rd Annual International Conference. She has presented at USAAA World conferences.

Theresa will be moderating eight of the nine panels and will be presenting with Marlo Payne Thurman on the "High Functioning Autism and Asperger's Syndrome: Real World Transition Continuum" Panel Workshop on Friday, October 1st at the USAAA 5th Annual Conference at the Hilton St. Louis Airport Hotel, St. Louis, Missouri.

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Tec Chapman, PhD

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Tec Chapman, PhD recently has taken a new position with the Missouri School Boards' Association. Prior to accepting this new position, Tec and was the Deputy Director of the Missouri Division of Developmental Disabilities. He has over 23 years of experience supporting individuals with disabilities, their families, and working with federal, state and local agencies. He has worked as a direct support professional, director of community based support services, directed projects of national significance, and consultant to local, state and federal agencies. In 1999, he received the Anne Rudigier Award from the Association of University Centers for Excellence on Developmental Disabilities (AUCD) for his demonstrated dedication and commitment to enhancing the lives of families and individuals with developmental disabilities.

Tec was a 2005 Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation Public Policy Fellow working in the United States Senate for Mike Enzi, Chairman, Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions committee. At the completion of his fellowship he was hired by the Chairman with a legislative portfolio that included disability policy (IDEA, Rehabilitation Act, Developmental Disabilities Act, Combating Autism Act), K-12 education (NCLB), the Head Start Act, Title II of the Higher Education Act, and child-care issues. Tec’s doctoral program at the University of Kansas focused on issues of public policy, disability, and interdisciplinary practice.

Tec will be participating on the "Support Services" Panel Workshop on Saturday, October 2, at the USAAA 5th Annual Conference at the Hilton St. Louis Airport Hotel, St. Louis, Missouri.

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John M. Guercio, PhD, BCBA-D, CBIST

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John M. Guercio, PhD, BCBA-D, CBIST received his degrees from the Behavior Analysis and Therapy Program at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. He was previously employed as the Program Director for the Personal Intervention Program at the Center for Comprehensive Services in Carbondale, Illinois. Dr. Guercio worked with the Center from 1992 to 2007, working with individuals that display high-risk aggressive behaviors. He has a comprehensive background of experience in staff training, functional analysis of problem behavior, functional communication training, awareness training, relaxation training and biofeedback for a number of physical and emotional problems ranging from chronic pain to phobias.

Dr. Guercio's research interests cover the aforementioned areas, as well as behavior therapy applications to depressed behaviors and marital and family problems. He has published a number of articles related to behavioral approaches to awareness training, biofeedback applications, autism spectrum disorders, and weight management protocols with acquired brain injuries. He has also written book chapters on the Behavioral Challenges Following Traumatic Brain Injury and Depression in special populations. Dr. Guercio is Vice President Clinical Services and Research at TouchPoint Autism Services in St. Louis, Missouri.

Dr. Guercio will be participating on two panels: the "Behavioral/Developmental Approaches" Panel Workshop" on Saturday, October 2, and the ""Bringing it all together, Parent and Practitioner" Panel Workshop on Sunday, October 3 at the USAAA 5th Annual Conference at the Hilton St. Louis Airport Hotel, St. Louis, Missouri.

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Michael McManmon, PhD

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Michael McManmon, PhD grew up the youngest son in a family of nine children. He is the father of six children and nine grandchildren. He received his B.A. in English from Mt. St. Mary's College in Maryland and went on for his Masters in Counseling from Shippensburg University. He attended the University of Kansas for his Masters in Human Development through a grant from the National Institute of Mental Health. He obtained his Doctorate in Special Education from the University of Nevada. Subsequently, he was licensed as a Psychologist by the State of Massachusetts. He worked for state, private and non-profit organizations in several states prior to founding The Berkshire Center in 1984.

During his 35 years of experience with students with Learning Differences and Asperger's syndrome, Dr. McManmon has worked on Curriculum Development, Staff Training, Program Evaluation, and Administering Community Based Programming. He is a member of the International Learning Disabilities Association and the Independent Educational Consultants Association. Dr. McManmon speaks and presents at professional conferences nationally and internationally. He has an inside perspective as he himself was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome and grew up in a large family with several individuals on the spectrum. Dr. McManmon has been certified as a family teacher through the Boys Town Center in Nebraska. He has served as a PTA President, School Board Member and Parish Council Member. He has been on the Board of Directors of the Lee Chamber of Commerce, coached in the Community Soccer League and basketball league, and is an avid gardener.

Dr. McManmon's program philosophy is to provide a loving and trusting environment in which personal growth can occur. The process includes honoring each individual's talents and assisting them in using their personal power to develop skills, meet their needs and thus live independently. This process is accomplished by hiring exemplary individuals, giving them the tools to operate and working as a team.

Dr. McManmon will be participating on two panels: the "Self Advocacy - Experiences, Perspectives, and Challenges" Panel Workshop and the "Support Services" Panel Workshop both on Saturday, October 2, at the USAAA 5th Annual Conference at the Hilton St. Louis Airport Hotel, St. Louis, Missouri.

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