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Statewide Autism Conference a Great Success

Monday, November 9, 2009

More than 300 conference goers, including families and professionals, gathered in Wichita on a weekend in November to focus on evidence-based practices in supporting children and adults with autism. Autism Across the Life Span is the first conference hosted by the Kansas Center for Autism Research and Training. K-CART, a new multidisciplinary center at the University of Kansas promotes research and training on the causes, nature, and management of autism spectrum disorders.

Dr. Kathy Olson, conference coordinator said, “ K-CART includes investigators from across the KU campuses including the Life Span Institute at Parsons. Planning, funding, marketing, and implementing the conference provided an excellent opportunity for cross-campus collaboration.  Hopefully, the professional relationships strengthened by this conference will continue to grow.” The comprehensive program included out-of-state speakers Drs. Paul Wehman, Phil Strain, Pat Rogan, and Susan Wilczynski along with more than fifty presenters from KU and the Kansas community.

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