Eustacia Cutler, Mother of Temple Grandin Among Experts Set to Present at National Autism Conference Sponsored by OxyHealth, LLC

Oct 16, 2012, 12:12 ET from National Autism Association

TAMPA, Fla., Oct. 16, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Autism experts from around the country will convene at the National Autism Conference (NAC) in Florida next month. The 4-day event presented by the National Autism Association (NAA) and sponsored by OxyHealth, LLC, will cover everything from cutting-edge research and treatment to therapies, college transitioning, special education law, homeopathy and wandering/elopement strategies.


The conference, held annually by NAA, will take place November 8th through 11th at TradeWinds Island Grand Resort in St. Pete Beach, Florida.  It will kick off with a full-day workshop on Special Education Law, followed by an elegant Meet and Greet party for all attendees. Other special events include NAA's annual Life's a Beach dinner party on the beach and a karaoke after-party. An Interactive Q&A session where attendees can ask direct questions of top physicians and experts will be presented on Friday night. Through the generosity of the NAC's sponsor, OxyHealth, LLC, this special session will include complimentary food and beverages for attendees.

The speaker lineup is set to include international lecturer and author Eustacia Cutler, the inspiring mother of Temple Grandin.  Ms. Cutler will share her experience of raising Temple in the 1950s when so little was known about Autism - and her refusal to believe that her daughter would not lead a productive and meaningful life.  She will also discuss her personal life experiences and the effects that a diagnosis can place on a family dynamic.  Other speakers will include Raun Kaufman of the Autism Treatment Center of America, Chantal Sicile-Kira, Dr. Bob Sears, Dr. Anju Usman,, Dr. Dan Rossignol, Dr. David Berger and NAA's Executive Director, Lori McIlwain who will present an important safety workshop addressing the issue of autism-related wandering with representatives from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

"TradeWinds is a certified 'Autism-Friendly' resort.  It offers special accommodations for families as well as activities designed specifically for our children," said Wendy Fournier, NAA President. "For many families affected by Autism, a vacation is next to impossible.  We're happy to be able to provide an exceptional educational opportunity in a beautiful resort setting that the entire family can enjoy."

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Wendy Fournier, NAA  401.835.5828
Lori McIlwain, NAA 919.741.1646

SOURCE National Autism Association