2014 ICare4Autism International Autism Conference

2014 ICare4Autism International Conference NYC – June 30 – July 2

ICare4Autism International Autism Conference – New York City 
June 30 – July 2, 2014
Hotel Pennsylvania


Day 1 – Global Autism Workforce Initiative
Dedicated to developing and promoting Autism Workforce Programs

Day 2 – Scientific Advances, Novel Drug Development Efforts, and BioMedical Perspectives
Presentations on current medical research, novel drug development efforts, and best practices

Day 3 – Technology and the Road to Opportunity
Presentations on current research, standards, best practices and cutting edge technology being used for autism treatments and educational plans

Our Conference Speakers Were:

Joshua Weinstein, Ph.D., M.B.A., USA  – Founder & CEO of ICare4Autism, Shema Kolainu – Hear Our Voices, School and Center for Children with Autism
Opening Remarks, Introduction to the Workforce Initiative, and Round Table Discussion: Transition Planning, Self-Advocacy & Support in the Workplace 

Eric Hollander, M.D., USA – Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Director of the Autism and Obsessive Compulsive Spectrum Program, Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center; and Director-Spectrum Neuroscience and Treatment Institute, Chairman of the ICare4Autism Advisory Council
Oxycotin-Vasopressin, Temperature, and Immune-Inflammation in ASD and Syndromal ASD

Keynote Speaker: Randy Lewis – Former Walgreens Executive Vice President, Supply Chain and Logistics

Guest Speaker: Ari Ne’eman, USA – President of Autistic Self Advocacy Network, appointed to the National Council on Disability by President Obama

Anat Baniel, M.A., USA – Founder of the Anat Baniel Method (ABM), Author of Bestselling books Move Into Life: The Nine Essentials For Lifelong Vitality and Kids Beyond Limits.
NeuroMovement ®: Viewing ASD as a Brain/Movement Disorder can lead to Breakthrough Outcomes for the Child on the Spectrum  

James Emmett, USA
– Corporate Disability Consultant, Social Coaching Institute

Peter Gerhardt, Ed.D., USA – President, Peter Gerhardt Associates, LLC, Founding Chair of the Scientific Council for the Organization for Autism Research
Developing Lives of Dignity and Quality for Adults with ASD :Targeting Skills for the Next Environment , and Transitioning from HS to Work: Underlying Issues & Quality of Life Considerations

Car’Melo Grau, USAPresident of YAI NYC Self-Advocacy Association, presenting with members Steven Holden & Tom Ott
Power of Self-Advocacy

Mark Grein, USA – Executive Director, Specialisterne-USA
A Case Study:  Harnessing the unique skills of people with Autism to gain a competitive edge i n

Gregory P. Hanley, Ph.D., BCBA-D, USA – Professor of Psychology, Western New England University, Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry, University of Massachusetts Medical School
Functional Assessment of Severe Problem Behavior of Persons with ASD: A Focus on a Safer, Faster, and Still Effective Process Treating and Preventing Severe Problem Behavior: A Focus on Strengthening Socially Important Behavior of Persons with ASD 

Martha Herbert, M.D., Ph.D., USA – Assistant Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School, Pediatric Neurologist at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Director of the TRANSCEND Research Program (Treatment Research and Neuroscience Evaluation of the Neurodevelopmental Disorders)
Taking a Fresh Look at Autism: Chronic Dynamic State-not Fixed Trait, and Transcending Autism: A whole-body systems and gene-environment approach

Joanne Lara, M.A., USA –  Founder/President, Autism Movement Therapy, Inc
Generation A: Portraits of Autism and the Arts (Movement, Music, and the Sensory System)  

Michele McKeone, USA – Founder and CEO of Autism Expressed
Rethinking Transition through Digital Skills  

Dana R. Reinecke, Ph.D., BCBA-D, USA – Asst Professor and Chair, Center for Applied Behavior Analysis at The Sage Colleges, presenting with
Laura M. Stolfi, MS, BCBA, USA – Director, The Achieve Degree, The Sage Colleges
Technology Opens Doors for Students of all ages on the Spectrum 

Miguel Salazar, M.A., USA – CEO of Salazar & Associates- Family & Child Educational Advocacy Services
What Happens in School and Beyond

Celine A. Saulnier, Ph.D. USA– Clinical Director for Research, Marcus Autism Center and Assistant Professor, Division of Autism and Related Disorders, Department of Pediatrics Emory University School of Medicine
Detecting Risk for ASD in the First Year of Life: The Bioethical Dilemma of Identifying Prodromal Autism, and The Role of Adaptive Behavior in ASD: Implications for Functional Independence

Marcia Scheiner, USA – President & Founder, Asperger Syndrome Training & Employment Partnership
Becoming an Autism Friendly Employer – A Model for Success   

Amie Senland, Ph.D., USA Fordham University
Empathy and Sociomoral Problem Solving as Predictors of Positive Developmental Outcomes in Young Adults with Autism

Michele Shapiro, MSW, USA – AHRC Project Manager
A Case Study:  Harnessing the unique skills of people with Autism to gain a competitive edge in

Stephanie Sherlock Roemer – Director of Diversity, Office of Diversity & Inclusion, Freddie Mac
Round Table Discussion: Transition Planning, Self-Advocacy and Support in the Workplace

Stephen Shore, Ed.D., USA
– Assistant Professor, Dept. Of Special Education, Adelphi University, Member of the ICare4Autism Advisory Council
Generation A: Portraits of Autism and the Arts (Movement, Music, and the Sensory System) 

Steve Sommer, M.D., Ph.D., USA – Clinical Genomologist, Founder and Medical Director, MEDomics, LLC., and Mi IDEA Has Love Foundation
Treating the 400+ diseases that we call “Autism Spectrum Disorder”: NextGen DNA sequence mediated personalized medicine lights the way   

Gary Steinman, M.D., Ph.D., USA – Chairman, Dept. Of Biochemistry, Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine
The proposed role of insulin-like growth factor-1 in autism: A review

Pamela Wolfberg, Ph.D., USA – Professor of Autism Spectrum Studies, San Francisco State University and Director, Autism Institute on Peer Socialization and Play, California
Integrated Play Groups: Guiding Children with Autism in Social and Imaginary Worlds with Typical Peers

Alisa G. Woods, Ph.D., MS., USA – Research Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry & Biomolecular Science, Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY, State University of New York at Plattsburgh Neuropsychology Clinic and Psychoeducational Services, Member of the ICare4Autism Advisory Council
Protein Biomarkers in Autism Spectrum Disorders 

Gulnoza Yakubova, Ph.D., USA – Assistant Professor of Special Education, Duquesne University, PA
Problem-Solving Intervention and Autism: Improving Vocational Task Performance 

Ariane Zurcher and Emma Zurcher-Long, USA –  Parent and child writers
Ariane Zurcher –Writer, Huffington Post, Emma’s Hope Book, Member of the ICare4Autism Advisory Council
Writings from Personal Experience to the Public Domain, and “My body does not obey my mind”

Dalia Zwick, Ph.D., P.T., USA – Senior Rehabilitation Supervisor, Coordinator – The Program for People with Physical Disability Premier HealthCare
Autism and Posture

Konstantin Zborovskiy, USA AHRC Employment Specialist
A Case Study:  Harnessing the unique skills of people with Autism to gain a competitive edge in

Conference Sponsors:

ICare4Autism                     Shema Kolainu-Hear Our Voices            Autism Expressed
Dipper Education                                      Trax                                              Roche
Investors Bank                               The Jewish Press

Gift Bag Sponsors:





Conference Exhibitors:

Autism Expressed teaches marketable and digital life skills to promote independence for students in a technology driven society.

Autistic Self-Advocacy Network seeks to advance the principles of the disability rights movement with regard to Autism.

Different Roads to Learning uses the most effective tools to educate and empower students with Autism.

Dipper Education works toward becoming a comprehensive service institute in product design and technology for nonverbal individuals.

Emerge & See is an education center for children with Autism and other developmental and emotional differences.

Good Reasons is a social enterprise whose mission is to make high quality pet treats while helping people with disabilities achieve greater independence through the power of integrated work.

Investors Bank offers a full range of high-quality products and services that support customers in reaching their financial objectives

The Jewish Press is the largest independent weekly Jewish newspaper in the United States.




MEDomics is a privately held molecular diagnostics company that provides Mutation Expert-based Diagnosis (“MED”) of a patient’s genome to better allow the physician to deliver personalized treatment.

The Monarch Center for Autism offers a comprehensive array of programs and services for individuals ages three through adulthood, with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Operant Systems is an innovative patent-pending software platform that fills a gaping void in the servicing, teaching and management of special needs children and adults.

Rebecca School is a therapeutic day school for children ages 4 to 21, promoting the education and development of children with neurodevelopmental delays of relating and communicating, including autism spectrum disorders.

Roche strives to make a difference in the lives of millions of patients around the world with medicines and in vitro diagnostic tests. Their products provide significant medical benefits for patients and doctors, as well as efficiency gains for laboratories and health economic benefits for payers.

Shema Kolainu-Hear Our Voices offers a broad spectrum of evidence-based education and therapy programs to children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and related disabilities in a warm and nurturing environment.

TheraCare is a premier multi-service healthcare, rehabilitation, developmental and educational organization founded on the principle of delivering promised performance.

Therapy Nook offers expert recommended educational toys and equipment for parents, teachers, and therapists alike. The company strives to provide products that encourage children to learn and play, while building functional skills.

Trax Family offers GPS-trackers that let parents locate their children through a mobile App or computer.

The Wildlife of Autism is a small family-run business that is focused on spreading Autism awareness and sharing the artwork of 19-year-old Austin Orelli.

Following the overwhelming success of the past conferences at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in NYC and in Jerusalem, Israel, ICare4Autism once again brought together top leading medical and educational professionals and researchers working in autism.

The purpose of the ICare4Autism conferences are to share current groundbreaking  research into the causes and treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders, and to be a catalyst for powerful interdisciplinary collaborations to tackle the global autism crisis.

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