US AUTISM ASSOCIATION ANNUAL WORLD CONFERENCE

OVER 30 of the world's most respected researchers, practitioners, and education specialists in the Autism community will share valuable resources for your child, family member, patient, friend, student, or yourself at the US Autism Association 2018 World Conference and Expo

THE FOLLOWING ARE PRESENTERS. PANELISTS ARE LISTED BELOW THE PRESENTERS.


**TEMPLE GRANDIN, PhD- KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Temple Grandin, PhD, is one of the most accomplished and well-known adults with autism in the world. In February of 2017, Dr. Grandin was named to the National Women's Hall of Fame. She was selected by Time magazine as one of the "100 Most Influential People in the World" (2010). Dr. Grandin’s fascinating life was brought to the screen in 2010 in the HBO production full-length film, "Temple Grandin", which claimed seven Emmy Awards, including outstanding made for TV movie. She has been featured on NPR (National Public Radio), major television programs, such as the BBC special "The Woman Who Thinks Like a Cow", ABC's Primetime Live, The Today Show, Larry King Live, 48 Hours and 20/20, and has been written about in many national publications, such as Time magazine, People magazine, Forbes, U.S. News and World Report, and New York Times. This will be Temple's 9th US Autism Association appearance. Dr. Grandin received the US Autism & Asperger Association Chairman's award in 2015. There will be a book signing after her presentation. Dr. Grandin has also authored The Autistic Brain, Different...Not Less, The Way I See It: A Personal Look at Autism and?Asperger's, Unwritten Rules of Social Relationships, Animals Make us Human, Animals in Translation, Thinking in Pictures, Emergence: Labeled Autistic, and produced several DVDs. All books and DVD's are available through Future Horizons, the official US Autism Association Conference on-site bookstore. More...

RONALD AUNG-DIN, MD- Speaker and Panelist

Dr. Aung-Din has practiced General Neurology & Neuro-Psychiatry in Sarasota, FL for over 25 years. He is board-certified by American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology and member of American Academy of Neurology. He attended Medical School at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Dallas, TX. Residencies in Neurology and Neurosurgery followed at University of Florida, Gainesville, FL. Additional studies included a Medical Student Fellowship in Cardiology at Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford and Clinical Neurology Postgraduate Fellowship at National Hospital for Nervous Disease, Queen Square, London, UK. More...

*JOYCE S. BENJAMIN, PA, RN - Speaker and Panelist

Joyce Benjamin, PA, RN, is a mother of two adult sons on the autism spectrum. Her career as an RN and later PA, was focused between Pediatrics, Emergency Medicine, and Plastic Surgery. As a mother of two young children, she chose to homeschool her sons through the ages of 10 and 12 to insure they were being taught utilizing their strengths. After that time, she enrolled them into a private school for children with special education needs. The family participated in a MTV Tru Life Series documentary. In August of 2014, Joyce co-founded Autism FYI Org establishing the first national registry for safety of those on the autism spectrum. Her passion is to help those on the autism spectrum, keeping them safe, providing them with employment opportunities, and establishing a supportive community for them to live independently as adults. More...

*BRITTYN COLEMAN - MS, RDN/LD - Speaker and Panelist

howardBrittyn Coleman, MS, RDN/LD is a dietitian specializing in autism spectrum disorders and is also a sibling of an individual on the autism spectrum. Through her life and her studies, she realized how much overlap there is between nutrition and autism. During graduate school at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, she specialized in autism spectrum disorders and led her thesis research in food aversions and nutrient intake in children with ASD. There are very few dietitians specializing in ASD across the country, which makes accessibility extremely low. Because of this, she offers video and phone consults to parents and individuals all over the nation to increase the reach of nutrition therapy and nutrition education for families and individuals affected by ASD. She is extremely knowledgeable about autism in relations to diet, biomedical interventions, food selectivity, and even nutrigenetics. More...

*PHILLIP C. DEMIO, MD - Host, Speaker and Panelist

Dr. DeMio is the Medical Director for the Whole Health and Wellness Centers located in Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. His practice focuses on the diagnosis and treatment for individuals with Autism, Asperger Syndrome and related disorders. In addition to his practice, Dr. DeMio is an ER Physician at Case Western Reserve University Hospitals. Dr. DeMio is board-certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. Dr. DeMio is a father of a child with autism. Dr. DeMio received the US Autism & Asperger Association Chairman's award in 2012. Dr. DeMio is Chief Medical Officer and a Board Member for the US Autism & Asperger Association and the Executive Director for the American Medical Autism Board. More...

CARRIE EINCK, MS, OTR/L - Speaker

Carrie Einck, MS, OTR/L is a sensory processing disorder (SPD) specialist who co-spearheaded STAR Institute's renowned adult and adolescent treatment program. Carrie has extensive training and knowledge in evaluation and treatment of SPD throughout the lifespan. She helped developed the Adult SENSE webinar series that covers five essential topics for adults with SPD and works regularly with individuals and their families. Carrie has also founded JumpOnIt! For Kids!, an inclusive group class for children with developmental disabilities and their siblings. This community-based social skills group is designed for children of all ages and abilities and promotes social skill building and motor development through a fun and motivating class taught on mini trampolines. Carrie graduated with her Master's Degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Wisconsin- La Crosse. More...

*KRISTIN SELBY GONZALEZ - Speaker

Kristin Selby Gonzalez is a leading international spokesperson, educator, radio show host, writer within the autism community, and the mother of a boy with autism. Kristin graduated from UCLA and is a former elementary school teacher. Kristin has been working with her son for over ten years and has seen him progress from very withdrawn with no language, to a playful and interactive boy who now can speak, rides a bike, takes karate and gymnastic lessons. She possesses an extraordinary body of knowledge and experience with both educational and?biomedical interventions for autism. Kristin is the President and Chairman of the Autism Hope Alliance. Autism Hope Alliance is the first Autism non-profit to emerge from the Natural Foods Industry. More...

**CHRISTOPHER M. GAUTHIER, MFA - Speaker and Panelist

Christopher M. Gauthiér is a photographer teaching in the Art and Behavioral Sciences department at Illinois Central College in Peoria, IL. He received a Master of Fine Arts degree from Ohio University in Photography in 2003 and a Bachelors of Arts degree in Cinema and Photography from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in 1997. Christopher regularly lectures on topics related to his personal work, photography, art education, autism and learning differences. Some highlights include a TEDx talk, "Evidence and Artifacts: Facing Autism", "Advocacy, Art and Engaging Autism". Christopher currently sits on the Board of Trustees for The Interdisciplinary Council on Development and Learning (ICDL) and the advisory boards of the US Autism Association, and the Madison House Autism Foundation. More...

THEODORE HENDERSON, MD, PhD - Speaker and Panelist

Dr. Henderson established his private practice, Child, Adolescent, and General Psychiatry in Centennial Colorado in July of 2000. Dr. Henderson brings a?unique blend of expertise in psychopharmacology, neurobiology, and an understanding of human nature to the practice of psychiatry. He trained in Psychiatry at the prestigious Barnes/Jewish Hospitals at Washington University in St. Louis. Dr. Henderson approaches psychiatry from a brain-based biological perspective and recognizes the limitations of the categorical philosophy of the DSM system. More...

*TERRI HIRNING - Speaker and Panelist

hirningTerri Hirning integrates many modalities in her work with her clients. Her background of having worked for The Great Plains Laboratory gives her a strong basis and understanding of their testing. She also currently works for New Beginnings Nutritionals and is highly trained in the implementation of supplement programs, in conjunction with a healthy diet, to support optimal health. As an autism mom, she truly has 'been there, done that' in terms of getting healthy foods into a picky eater. She presents a holistic nutrition program that works with laboratory testing, supplements, lifestyle, budget and any specific needs each client may have. More...

*L. P. KAPLAN, PhD - Host

Dr. Kaplan is a parent of child affected and afflicted by autism. He is the Founder and Chairman of US Autism Association. Dr. Kaplan was the chief investigator for the first study on early diagnosis of autism. He is the author of Diagnosis Autism: Now What? 10 Steps to Improve Treatment Outcomes; A Parent-Physician Team Approach. The book is listed in the top ten of titles most in demand by libraries and bookstores (April 8, 2006: Library Journal Archive - Small Press Bestsellers). He spent the first decade of his post-graduate studies?in professional and collegiate sports. He has spent the last twenty-six years improving the quality of life of individuals and others affected and afflicted by autism, Asperger Syndrome, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, and other related disorders. More...

**RAUN K. KAUFMAN - Speaker and Panelist

Raun K. Kaufman is an international speaker, writer and teacher for The Son-Rise Program at the Autism Treatment Center of America. Raun's recent book is Autism Breakthrough: The Groundbreaking Method That Has Helped Families All Over the World. In his work with families, children, and professionals from around the world, Raun brings a distinctive qualification to the realm of Autism treatment - his own personal history. At 18 months, Raun was diagnosed as severely and incurably autistic. Raun's story was recounted by his father, Barry Neil Kaufman, in the best-selling book, Son-Rise: The Miracle Continues, and was also the subject of an award-winning NBC television movie, Son-Rise: A Miracle of Love. More...

*CARA KOSCINSKI, MOT, OTR/L -Speaker and Panelist

Cara Koscinski, MOT, OTR/L, author of The Pocket Occupational Therapist Book Series, is a pediatric occupational therapist with over 20 years' experience. She specializes in Sensory Processing Disorder, trauma-informed care, behavior, advocacy, and autism. As a speaker, Cara brings her expertise as a pediatric occupational therapist and mother of two children with autism to parents, caregivers, families, and educators in an easy-to-follow format. She has published six books which are sold globally. Cara obtained her Master of Occupational Therapy degree in 1997 from Duquesne University. She is currently attending university to obtain her doctorate degree in occupational therapy. Cara is also a children's YOGA instructor and Certified Irlen screener. More...

** MICHAEL MCMANMON, EdD - Speaker and Panelist

Dr. McManmon grew up the youngest son in a family of nine children. He is the father of six children and sixteen grandchildren. He is the Founder of the College Internship Program (CIP) in 1984 with six campuses across the US. He obtained his Doctorate in Special Education from the University of Nevada. Dr. McManmon is a licensed psychologist by the State of Massachusetts and has worked for 44 years on curriculum development, staff training, program evaluation, and administering community based programming. He is the driving force behind the founding of the Good Purpose Art Gallery and the Spectrum Playhouse in Lee, Massachusetts. He is the author of Made for Good Purpose: What Every Parent Needs to Know to Help Their Adolescent with Asperger's, High Functioning Autism or a Learning Difference Become an Independent Adult. More...

SARAH NORRIS, MS, OTR/L - Speaker

Sarah Norris, MS, OTR/L is a sensory processing disorder (SPD) specialist who co-spearheaded STAR Institute's renowned adult and adolescent treatment programs.?Sarah has extensive training and knowledge in evaluation and treatment of SPD throughout the lifespan. She co-developed the Adult SENSE webinar series that covers five essential topics for adults with SPD and works regularly with individuals and their families. Prior to her work at STAR, Sarah worked with a wide variety of clients in inpatient and outpatient pediatric hospital, school-based, early intervention, summer camp, and private practice settings. Sarah is trained in DIR/Floortime, Integrated Listening Systems (iLs), Interactive Metronome, Handwriting Without Tears, Therapeutic Listening, Brain Gym, NeuroNet, ALERT program and SOS feeding interventions, among others. She graduated with a Master's degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of South Alabama. More...

*HAROLD "HACKIE" REITMAN, MD - Speaker and Panelist

Harold "Hackie" Reitman, MD is the founder of the neurodiversity community site www.DifferentBrains.com, which features a variety of videos, blogs, and podcasts, including the interview show "Exploring Different Brains", hosted by Dr. Reitman. He is also the author of Aspertools: The Practical Guide to Understanding and Embracing Asperger's Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and Neurodiversity, the producer of The Square Root of 2 movie, an orthopaedic surgeon, a former professional heavyweight boxer, a documentarian, and board member of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Broward County. More..

JARED SKOWRON, ND - Speaker and Panelist

Dr. Jared Skowron is the Amazon best-selling author of 100 Natural Remedies For Your Child, and owner of Spectrum Awakening, Autism/ADHD supplement company. His main focus is as a biomedical Autism/ADHD physician, helping kids in his private practice for 15 years. He is an international lecturer and enjoys educating families on non-pharmaceutical interventions to improve Autism/ADHD. Dr. Skowron has lectured at other autism conferences throughout the United States. He is on the medical advisory boards of Autism Hope Alliance, NeuroNeeds, Chemo & Crayons, and Natural Practitioner Magazine. He enjoys spending time with his family and 5 year-old daughter. More...

LUCAS STEUBER, MA-T, MS CCC/SLP- Speaker

Lucas Steuber, MA-T, MS CCC/SLP is an applied linguist and Speech-Language Pathologist. After years in private practice Lucas served as clinical director for the AAC app Avaz FreeSpeech, which won Best of CES China in 2016; helped to found AAC Live, a a distance consultation website connecting skilled SLPs with families who do not have access to local specialists; serves in a strategic planning capacity for the Autism Society of America, and co-founded the educational network SpeechScience, where he co-hosts an AAC podcast called Talking With Tech. Lucas is now Global Product Manager for Tobii Dynavox, one of the largest eye gaze hardware and AAC software manufacturers in the world. More...

MARLO PAYNE THURMAN, PhD - Speaker

Marlo PayneThurman, PhD is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Northern Colorado and completed her PhD in Special Education in the summer of 2016. She started her work with special needs children in 1986. Marlo developed a special interest in the unique needs of those individuals who were both highly intelligent and asynchronously developed. Through her private practice she carried out this interest, specializing in assessment, advocacy, cognitive training, sensory and behavior support, and socio-emotional coaching. In 1999 Marlo founded the Brideun Learning Communities and built the Brideun School for Exceptional Children. More...

**TYLER WEAVER, JR. - Speaker and Panelist

tyler weaverTyler Weaver, Jr. is an Extreme Martial Arts Specialist, Coach, Young Adult Speaker and Role-Model Worldwide. Tyler was diagnosed with ASD at the age of twenty-two. Tyler started martial arts at the age of two. He is known as one of the world's top recognized leading adult martial artists in the industry and currently holds forty-four Multi-Circuit World Titles in NASKA, ISKA, NBL and ATA circuits. Tyler appeared on The Megan Mullally Show and The Oprah Winfrey Show. He has received parts in the movies Champions of the Deep, The Underdogs, and Star Raiders Adventures of the Saber Rain. He is currently working on a new web series call Shadow War. Tyler scored the first ever perfect ten from all seven judges at the WAKO World Championships in Ireland. Tyler is an ambassador for Lifetime Fitness and is sponsored by Team Paul Mitchell Systems, Century and Hyper Martial Arts. More

*CAROL S. WEINMAN, ESQ, CAS - Speaker and Panelist

tyler weaverCarol Weinman is an attorney, autism expert, legal consultant, on-air legal analyst, behavioral consultant, parent, author and international speaker who specializes in special education law and criminal law. She represents criminal offenders on the autism spectrum and provides autism consulting and training to attorneys, educators and psychologists. As an education legal advocate, she has successfully avoided special education litigation by utilizing her personal experience and conflict resolution skills, and by working collaboratively with teachers and school districts.

*THERESA K. WRANGHAM - Host and Moderator

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 PDD-NOS. 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. Theresa collaborated with Google to create Project Spectrum. She has been featured in local and national television and print news reports and recently was featured in Parade Magazine. Theresa is the Executive Director for NVIC.org. More...


*OFFICER MICHAEL COLEMAN - Panelist

Officer Michael Coleman has been a sworn Police Officer with the City of Henderson since 2003. Officer Coleman currently instructs all of the Departments ADA related courses and specializes in courses relating to the Autism Spectrum Disorder. He has been awarded his Departments Medal of Valor Award and Life Saving Award and has been has been involved with the local Autism Community since 2004. Officer Coleman most recently obtained his Americans with Disabilities Act Coordinators Certificate and Co-Authored the book "Wheelchair, Officers Field Guide". Officer Coleman has instructed topics relating to the Americans with Disabilities Act that include Deaf individual contacts, Wheelchair contacts and Autism Safety across the United States. Officer Coleman was additionally added to the Autism Coalition of Nevada's (ACON) Advisory Committee in 2016. Officer Coleman is the proud Father of his Son Lincoln, who was diagnosed Autism at the age of 2.

**SPENCER KELLY - Self-Advocate Panelist

Spencer Kelly is a 17-year-old entrepreneur from Michigan that has Asperger Syndrome. Despite his journey, Spencer has attained a level of independence and goal achievement that is quite impressive, considering all the developmental challenges he has faced growing up with Asperger's syndrome. In September 2016, when beginning 10th grade & just 15 years-old, Spencer launched ExpeditionSoaps.com, an online business that has grown to be quite successful. Along with his success, Spencer is grateful for his families love and support. Spencer has also achieved some personal goals that his parents once were told not likely possible. Spencer recently has attained his driver's license. He is a 12th grade homeschool student that is dual enrolled at the local University. He likes being independent and is looking for a girlfriend. Spencer also led his local High School Quiz Bowl team in victory for 2 years. Spencer is here to share his inspiring story of how he became a young entrepreneur while having the challenges of Asperger syndrome. Be sure to visit Spencer's booth to meet him. You can check out his company online at ExpeditionSoaps.com. More...

*TRACIE KELLY - Panelist

tracie kellyTracie Kelly is a homeschool mother of two boys, ages 14 & 17, in which the older son, Spencer, has Asperger Syndrome. Upon recognizing Spencer's development wasn't typical, she began on the long road of doctor visits, evaluations, speech, OT, & social therapists, chiropractic, and craniosacral therapy trying to find the support Spencer needed. Soon after, this led to seeking a biomedical approach to treating autism. Next, treatment included homeopathy and whole food nutrition, including Juice Plus. All these therapies combined, over time, have helped Spencer achieve goals and independence. Tracie is attending the conference with her son Spencer, and both Tracie and Spencer will share their inspiring stories on different panels during the conference. Stop by The Expedition Soaps Company exhibit booth to meet Tracie and Spencer. More...

**JACOB KOSCINSKI- Self-Advocate Panelist

Jacob Koscinski has a great passion for life. He was born with autism and although his parents were told he would never speak, he has been called, 'loquacious.' Jacob has spoken at two national autism conferences and served on a keynote panel at the 2018 Autism Society of America annual conference. He enjoys advocating for children with special needs. As someone who has been bullied, he speaks about building confidence and self-esteem after severe depression. Jacob graduated Summa Cum Laude from high school and received a full academic scholarship to Wingate University. He plans on studying pre-medicine/biology. Jacob was named as member of Harvard University's Congress of Future Medical Leaders in 2018.

*MICHELLE SCOTT-LEWING- Panelist

Michelle Scott-Lewing is President of the Autism Coalition of Nevada (ACON), Founder of the Autism Council of America, and is a fierce advocate for people with neurodevelopmental disabilities and the underprivileged. Michelle has 26 years of experience as Executive Vice President for MEDICAL ENERGY, INC., a medical laser device manufacturing company based in the United States. She is a clinical expert in the specialties of Pediatric and Adult Neurosurgery, Urology, Gynecology, and ENT/Head and Neck Surgery. Michelle's current platform for advocacy is related to Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) in Autism. She has created the CTE-SASI Initiative. Her son Chayce, who is eighteen years old, has autism. He has his own platform called "CarChayce". Michelle's daughter, Falynne, is seventeen years old and is a professional entertainer. Falynne has her own live entertainment show called "Michael Jackson: A THRILLING Tribute" which is presented as a fundraiser for various charities throughout Nevada, and across the USA Michelle is a breast cancer survivor. She has chosen to allow her experience in this area to motivate her to help others. More...

*RADHIKA SHAH- Sibling Panelist

Radhika Shah is an upcoming junior who attends Green Valley High School in Henderson, Nevada. She has always had a passion for helping children with special needs, as her younger brother Amar has Autism. Radhika and Amar are only 18 months apart, so they have always had an extremely close relationship. Radhika has seen the potential and talents within her brother's skills, yet she has witnessed several gaps within his abilities, too. From working with Best Buddies, Special Olympics, and other organizations within her community, it is evident that Radhika has taken interest in helping those with disabilities. This passion prompted her to start her own non-profit organization RAD, or making a Real Autism Difference. Spreading the message of Autism Awareness is something that she looks forward to continuing. Aside from this, Radhika is a dedicated student who values academic excellence within her school life. She enjoys partaking in Speech and Debate, Model United Nations, and Varsity Tennis. In the future, Radhika looks forward to pursuing a career in medicine, specifically with a neuropediatric focus. More...

*JENNIFER STROBEL - Panelist

strobelJennifer Strobel is an avid supporter of families affected by autism in southern Nevada. Jennifer was a FEAT board member for over five years and is currently the Executive Director for FEAT. Jennifer resides with her husband Mike and has three children Taylor 15, Peyton 13 and the newest addition to the Strobel family is Brenden weighing in at 2lbs 12oz - He is now almost two years old and doing fantastic! Jennifer's daughter Peyton was diagnosed with autism at age four and began intensive ABA therapy shortly thereafter. Peyton is also actively involved in Girl Scouts, Swimming, Dance, Horse back riding and Art. It is Jennifer's goal to help educate the Las Vegas Valley on autism and also be a resource for families that need support, encouragement and hope. More...

*RYKER WEAVER - Panelist

tyler weaverRyker Weaver is a Martial Arts Specialist and college student. He has always been by his older brother's side. They have been traveling together performing martial arts shows and competitions for over fifteen years. At age five, Ryker participated in an international show in Mexico City with his brother Tyler. As a duo, the brothers were able to take the World Championship Sync Title in 2015. Ryker is attending college and working side by side with Tyler seeking more awareness of Autism for both his brothers. Ryker is the on the board for his brother's nonprofit, KarateforKidz Worldwide. He is an ambassador for Lifetime Fitness and is sponsored by Macho.

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