The International Center for Autism Research and Education (ICare4Autism) held its conference, “Autism: Cutting Edge Research and Promising Treatment Approaches” at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, in conjunction with Montefiore Medical Center. The night before the conference, some of the key speakers and researchers got together for an exclusive pre-conference dinner gala, sponsored by Zanger Hall.
The dinner, chaired by Dr. Judah Schorr, was held to honor elite researchers, as well as world renowned artist, Gary Rosenthal. Mr. Rosenthal has been producing contemporary Judaica Art since the 1970’s, and has been employing men with autism for 12 years to help create the menorahs, dreidels, and mezuzahs. Gary explained to the audience that these men have “the most amazing manual dexterity,” and that it is a true gift to have them working for him.
Autism advocate Jacqueline Aidenbaum attended the gala and is an active member of ICare4Autism. She spoke on behalf of the organization to give her full support on all the hard work Dr. Weinstein is putting in for the autism community.
Founder and CEO of ICare4Autism, Dr. Joshua Weinstein, presented the audience with the latest news on the Global Autism Center, set to open in 2017. The center will be atop Mount Scopus in Jerusalem, and will create a global community for researchers, advocates, and teachers in the autism field.
Dr. Weinstein reflects,
“The dinner was successful in bringing together elite researchers and doctors in the autism field. It was a true honor to meet Gary Rosenthal, and to hear him speak of his experience working with autistic men to create his works of art. I look forward to working with him in the future. It was also very important to bring together these researchers for potential collaborations, and I look forward to seeing what the future holds for ICare4Autism.”