New conference focuses on autism
Tracy Pennimpede and Andre Pereira, a Montreal couple who are parents of a child with autism, wanted to help families learn about the newest research, best practices and available services in the city. So they have organized Montreal Autism in Motion, a conference being held on Sunday, Aug. 19, 2012 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in St. Laurent.
The conference will include workshops and exhibits geared towards parents, educators, teachers and health professionals.
Pennimpede says that waiting lists for a diagnosis of autism can take years and then getting appropriate services can take more time. She hopes that the conference will help families discover both public and private services available in Montreal that can help them on this difficult journey.
The following are some of the conference presenters:
• Dr. Jerry Kartzinel will discuss the medical problems that affect children with autism.
• Georges Huard, a computer technician who was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome at the age of 30, will talk about his life experiences.
• Eunice Lee, a social worker, will discuss ways to engage and play with children who have autism.
Exhibitors include Autism Speaks Canada, WIAIH, Yaldei, ATEDM, Indigo Books, MyVoice and others.
The conference will take place at the Marriott Courtyard Montreal Airport in St. Laurent, 7000 Place Robert-Joncas (behind the Spheretech Cinema).
Admission to the exhibit hall is free and it is $15 to attend the conference. For more information and to register, visit www.mtlautisminmotion.com