CNR Hosts Series of Events for Autism Education Week


The College of New Rochelle is hosting a series of autism education events on April 24-26, 2013, including a daylong conference focused on the education of students with autism spectrum disorders.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Panel Discussion: Perspectives on Autism Advocacy
6:30 p.m. at Romita Auditorium

The event will feature Lydia Brown, a disability rights activist; Lisa Quinones-Fontanez, blogger and mother to an autistic son; Marjorie St. Hilaire, a school psychologist and New Rochelle resident; and Edie Barasch, chairwomen of the New Rochelle Schools' Committee on Preschool Education.

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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Pediatric neurologist Dr. Ram Kairam presents a talk on "Autism Myths and Truths: Classification, Treatment, and Education"
7 p.m. at Romita Auditorium

Dr. Kairam founded The Autism Treatment and Advocacy Center at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center to address the need for earlier identification and treatment of autism spectrum disorders in the south Bronx.

In addition to overseeing the clinical care of more than 350 children, Dr. Kairam and a team of doctors, advocates, and social workers hosts a support group for parents of children with ASD.

Dr. Kairam will be introduced by Dr. Ishita Khemka, a researcher in social decision making and autism at Teachers College, Columbia University.

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Friday, April 26, 2013

Conference and workshops: Autism: Building Bridges Between Practice and Education
From 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Maura Ballroom

This event is a collaboration between the Graduate School and the Association for Science in Autism Treatment. Mary E. McDonald, Ph.D., will deliver a keynote address on the use of technology, such as the iPad, video, and tactile prompts.

The conference, set to take place annually, will feature eight workshops. To register and for more information, go to