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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Conference: Asperger's Syndrome and Technology - Pitfalls and Potentials

Asperger’s Association of New England in Partnership with MGH/Aspire Presents...

Asperger's Syndrome and Technology: Pitfalls and Potentials

The use of technology has had a major impact in the lives of those with Asperger's Syndrome (AS) and related conditions. This conference will explore both the potential difficulties that the use of technology can present as well as the positive social and educational benefits. Specific interventions for assisting those who over-use technology and specific applications in technology that have benefitted others will be discussed.
You will hear from experts in the field as well as from consumers. Pitfalls will be discussed in the morning and potentials will be discussed in the afternoon.
This conference is appropriate for professionals, parents, and adults with AS/related conditions.

When:    8:30am - 5:30pm, Friday, March 15, 2013

Where:  Hebrew College, 160 Herrick Road,
                Newton Centre, MA

Questions? Please call (617) 393-3824 ext. 10.


Click HERE to Register (Required) Now!


Keynote Speakers

Christopher Mulligan, LICSW, is president and clinical director of The Cyber Addiction Recovery Center, which offers families across the U.S. comprehensive assessments and treatment plans focusing on pediatric and adolescent technology addiction. His presentation is entitled The Toxic Relationship: Autism and Technology.

Karen Waddill, M.A., CCC-SLP, ATP, is director of Cotting Consulting at Cotting School in Lexington, MA, which provides technology-based assessment, intervention and training to educational programs in the Greater Boston area. She is a certified member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, holds licenses with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and Division of Professional Licensure, and is certified as an Assistive Technology Professional through the Rehabilitation Engineering Society of North America.

In her current role, Karen balances her time between administrative oversight of the program, maintaining a clinical caseload and speaking engagements. In addition, she is a longstanding instructor in the Graduate and Continuing Education Department at Fitchburg State University.

Waddill will present an overview of assistive technology and the assessment process, including creating a shared language-defining assistive technology, matching tools to tasks, promoting functional independence through technology and tools to support social skills, executive functioning, self-regulation and communication.

General Information

Questions? Please call (617) 393-3824 ext. 10.

Conference Location: Berenson Hall at Hebrew College, 160 Herrick Road, Newton Centre, MA.

Parking & Directions: Free parking is available at the college. For directions, log on to http://www.hebrewcollege.edu/directions.html

Public Transportation: Hebrew College is accessible via the MBTA Green Line, Riverside Branch (D Train), to the Newton Centre T stop. Take the path that con-tinues in the outbound direction to Herrick Road, turn left onto Herrick and walk up the hill to the campus — a 10– to 15-minute walk. There is a taxi stand at the T stop, if needed, for approximately $3 per ride to the college (subject to change).

Registration Deadline: March 7, 2013

 Conference Fees, per person: $85/Non-professional $100/Professional. No pro-rated fee/discount if you cannot attend the entire day. Fee includes coffee/breakfast pastry at check-in; lunch is on your own. (Bring your own lunch or purchase lunch in the college’s dining hall or at a nearby eatery in Newton Centre).

Refund Policy: Refunds, minus a $25 processing fee per person, are available until March 7, 2013; no refunds after March 7th. No refunds/credits for no-shows.

Financial Assistance: If you are a parent or an adult with AS/related condition who needs financial assistance to attend this conference, funding may be available from your state’s Developmental Disabilities Council (DDC). In Massachusetts, call 617-770-7676, ext. 115.

Residents in other states should check www.nacdd.org for financial aid. Apply as soon as possible as funds are limited. You must pay your registration fee up front to AANE. If approved, the Council will reimburse you. If you are unable to access money through the DDC, please call AANE at 617-393-3824, ext. 10, to discuss financial aid options.

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