The 1st anual ASPIE Conference is over and was a big success! Please join us next year on the 1st weekend of November, 2006!

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November 4th-6th, 2005
Holiday Inn, Kingston, NY


The ASPIE Conference is designed to bring awareness to the issues that impact adolescents diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome (AS), High Functioning Autism (HFA), and Pervasive Development Disorder (PDD). All too often, the emphasis of intervention, research, and therapeutic and educational programming is on young autistic children in the primary grades. The ASPIE Conference aims to build new knowledge and foster improved education, therapy, and services for adolescents, with particular focus on the transition into adult life.

We encourage educators, therapists, and other service providers to attend the conference as well as adults, adolescents, and families who would like to learn more about the issues facing Aspie adolescents.

KEYNOTE EVENT Saturday, Nov. 5th @ 7pm

Judy Cohen, PhD, JD/Adam Wittenstein, MA: Succeeding in College: From Self-Contained Special Education to an Honors College Program
Judith H. Cohen is a Full Professor of Education at Adelphi University, New York. She holds a Ph.D. in Literacy Education with a specialization in special education. Dr. Cohen is also an attorney in New York State and works as a child advocate in both school districts and the courts. She is a published author of many articles, curriculum materials and textbooks, and has been a well-respected teacher and educator for over 30 years. Cohen’s new book, Succeeding with Autism, features the educational experiences of Adam Wittenstein, whom she met and mentored when he entered a teacher education program she coordinated.

Diagnosed with autism shortly before his third birthday and educated in self-contained programs for most of his primary and secondary school years, Adam M. Wittenstein has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Adelphi University’s Honors College and College of Arts and Sciences, with minors in computer science and secondary education. He has also completed a Master of Arts in Mathematics from SUNY, Stony Brook and currently teaches math, as a certified teacher, at the middle and high school level. This fall, Wittenstein will begin leading computer science courses at the college level with the ultimate goal of achieving a doctoral degree in mathematics education and computer science.

Valerie Paradiz PhD: The ASPIE Program and How It Works
Valerie Paradiz is the founder and Executive Director of the ASPIE School and Institute. She is the author of the highly acclaimed
parent memoir, Elijah’s Cup: A Family’s Journey into the Community and Culture of High-Functioning Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome (Free Press, 2002; Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2005). A parent advocate and an individual diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, Paradiz is a member of the Board of Directors of the Global Regional Asperger Syndrome Partnership (GRASP). Paradiz is currently working on a sequel to
Elijah’s Cup that tells the story of her diagnosis with AS and how the ASPIE School came into being.

Panel Discussion: My Adolescence
The ASPIE Conference will feature a special panel discussion, moderated by Michael John Carley of GRASP that includes adults and adolescents diagnosed with HFA/AS/PDD. Participants will share their personal challenges, struggles, triumphs and memories of adolescence, offering listeners extraordinary insights into strategies for successful living on the autism spectrum.

Film Screening: 32 Short Films About Glenn Gould
Presented by Phil Schwarz, 32 Short Films About Glenn Gould is a series of biographical vignettes about the Canadian pieanist Glenn Gould (1932-1982), now thought by many (including his biographer) to have been on the Autistic Spectrum. The screening will be followed by a discussion of the film and the issues it raises, led be Phil Schwarz.

Full conference: $200 early registration before October 4, 2005; $250 after October 4, 2005
Includes Keynote Event, continental breakfast on Saturday and Sunday, buffet lunch on Saturday, and refreshments throughout the conference.

Keynote only: $15 advance purchase; $18 at the door

Take the New York State Thruway (Rte. 87) north or south to exit 19. Take the Washington Ave. exit off the traffic circle. The Holiday Inn, Kingston is 1/2 mile on the right hand side of Washington Ave. get map

Lodging at the Holiday Inn is available for the conference at the reduced rate of $79/night. Call the Holiday Inn at 1.800.Holiday or 845.338.1121and tell them you are attending the ASPIE Conference in Kingston to make reservations at this special rate.