4th Annual Chattanooga Autism Conference Is April 26

Monday, April 1, 2013

The fourth annual Chattanooga Autism Conference will be on Friday, April 26, from 8:30 a.m.-3:40 p.m. at the Chattanooga Convention Center, Chestnut Street, Chattanooga.

The conference, hosted by Chattanooga Autism Center and Autism Society of America, East Tennessee Chapter, will have a teen and adult track for the first time this year.  There will be additional tracks for educators and young children. Scott Badesh, president of Autism Society of America, who has an adult child with autism will be the keynote speaker.  Registration is open through April 12.

The cost to attend is individuals-$35, and families (two or more relatives like spouses, grandparents, etc.) -$55. Clinician seeking CEUs will need to pay $100. Attendees may inquire about waivers for people experiencing economic hardships

For registration go to http://www.chattanoogaautismcenter.org/registration/. For speaker topics, go to http://www.chattanoogaautismcenter.org/conference/2013-speakers/.

For more information, visit ChattanoogaAutismCenter.org or call 423 531-6961. 


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