This summer, Lee University will host the 10th annual Southeastern Autism Symposium as an opportunity to educate the public about the issues surrounding autism. The symposium will take place June 21-22 in the Helen DeVos College of Education.
This year’s symposium is titled “Diamonds are Forever…So is Autism: From Rough Cut to Precious Gem.” The symposium will feature keynote speaker Dr. Vincent Carbone.
“For our tenth anniversary, we are thrilled to have Dr. Vincent Carbone, of international acclaim in autism research and treatment, as our keynote speaker,” said Dr. Debbie Murray, dean of the HDCOE and chair of the symposium steering committee. “His message is relevant to all who work with or know individuals on the autism spectrum.”
Dr. Carbone is the director of Carbone Clinic in Valley Cottage, N.Y. With over 30 years of experience, he has provided training and consultation to hundreds of Board Certified Behavior Analysts in several states. He has also held many professional positions within the field as well as several teaching positions at Universities such as Pennsylvania State University, Simmons College, and Florida Atlantic University.
He has been invited to present at more than 30 conferences and has presented at more than 60 workshops on the application of the principles of applied behavior analysis to the education and treatment of children with autism.
“Dr. Carbone was my first mentor in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)”, said Dr. Tammy Johnson, director of the Lee University Developmental Inclusion Classroom and chair of the speaker committee. “I can attest to his incredible skill as a practitioner, trainer, and speaker. His philosophy is that individuals on the autism spectrum are not learning disabled; they are teaching challenged. Those who hear him will forever view individuals on the spectrum in a different light.”
Prior to opening the Carbone Clinic, Dr. Carbone received his doctorate in education from Nova-Southeastern University. He also holds a master’s in applied behavior analysis from Drake University, a master’s in special education from the University of South Florida, and a BA in psychology from Marietta College.
In addition to the keynote speaker, the symposium will offer a variety of breakout sessions covering topics from: sensory issues; technology; surviving and thriving during the summer break; and employment for adults on the spectrum.
Geared toward parents, caregivers, medical professionals and educators of individuals with autism, the symposium hopes to provide attendees with new tools to manage the complexities of autism.
For more information about the symposium, contact Karen Brown at 614-8192 or firstname.lastname@example.org.