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					                                 3rd Annual Conference On Autism

                       Canada’s Premier National Provider of ASD Conferences
Deadline For                            In Partnership With
May 9, 2008

This Session
Will Sell Out!

                                         May 15 & 16, 2008
                                            Birmingham, UK
                                             Ramada Hotel & Resort
  Who Should                   Penns Lane, Walmley, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands
• Educators
• Parents
• Speech/Language
• Consultants
                                              BRENDA SMITH MYLES
                                   Author, Associate Professor, Department of Special Education,
• Occupational
                                                        University of Kansas
• Others who live or                              The Hidden Curriculum
  work with children
  who have Autism
  Disorders or other
                                               CATHERINE FAHERTY
  Disabilities.                                         TEACCH therapist,
• Psychologists                          Author of Asperger’s...What Does It Mean To Me?
• Therapists                          Finding Meaning: Laying the Groundwork
                                              for Future Self-Advocacy

                                                    JOHN SIMPSON
 Learn practical                               One Year of Employment:
  skills that can                        Problems and How to Overcome Them
 be immediately
   into existing
 curriculum and
 programmes, at
    home or in
                                                                       Ramada Hotel & Resort
   May 15 & 16, 2008 Midlands                            Penns Lane, Walmley, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands

       Thursday, May 15 9:45 am— 4:30 pm                            At age thirteen, when working at a summer day camp for
                                                                    handicapped children, Catherine knew immediately that this
                                                                    would be her life's work. Her early education and training was at
             The Hidden Curriculum                                  Eastern Michigan University where, in addition to majoring in
This session will highlight the hidden curriculum which is          general and special education she worked daily on campus in the
                                                                    lab school for exceptional children. After several years teaching
the unwritten rules that occur in everyday situations at
                                                                    typically developing children as well as children with learning
home, school, and in the community. Neurotypical                    differences, she became affiliated with the TEACCH Program in
children learn these unstated rules and social customs of           1985, first as a classroom teacher and later as a
society with little effort There is a group of individuals          psychoeducational therapist-trainer at the Asheville TEACCH
with high cognitive and language abilities who do not see           Center, one of the nine regional centers of the TEACCH program
the hidden curriculum - children and youth with high                through the University of North Carolina. There she participates
functioning autism, PDD-NOS, Asperger Syndrome and                  on weekly diagnostic evaluations; works with children and
other related disorders such as nonverbal learning                  adults, and their families; consults to classrooms; runs social
                                                                    groups for adults and is a TEACCH trainer nationally and
disability, ADD, and ADHD. Hidden curriculum errors can
                                                                    internationally. She has written manuals used in training,
result in social errors and isolation from peers. Following         developed several training models and has written a book for
a presentation on the hidden curriculum and related                 children with ASD and their parents and teachers.
examples, strategies to teach the hidden curriculum will
be overviewed. In addition, the cycle of tantrums, rage,            Asperger’s... What Does It Mean To Me? features a wealth of
and meltdowns will be highlighted.                                  structured teaching strategies, and provides workbook pages
                                                                    for verbal children and youth with ASD to help build self-
Brenda Smith Myles, Ph.D. is an associate professor in the          knowledge, understanding, and self-esteem. She is currently
Department of Special Education at the University of Kansas         completing her next book. Catherine, a first generation
where she co-directs a graduate program in Asperger Syndrome        Greek-American, supports the Autism Society in Greece by
and autism. The recipient of the 2004 Autism Society of             training parents and professionals in Greece, and raising money
America’s Outstanding Professional Award, she has written           to translate and publish books in Greek. As a member of Carol
numerous articles and books on Asperger Syndrome and autism         Gray's "Team Social Stories, she enjoys promoting mutual
including Asperger Syndrome and Difficult Moments: Practical        understanding by training professionals and families in the use of
Solutions for Tantrums, Rage, and Meltdowns (with Southwick)        Social Stories.
and Asperger Syndrome and Adolescence: Practical Solutions for
School Success (with Adreon), the winner of the Autism Society
of   America’s Outstanding Literary Work. Myles is the Vice
President of the Council for Exceptional Children’s Developmental
Disabilities Division and is on the executive boards of several              Friday, May 16 3:15 pm—4:30 pm
organizations, including the Organization for Autism Research
                                                                                      JOHN SIMPSON
and Maap Services Inc.
                                                                                 One Year of Employment:
                                                                          Problems and How to Overcome Them
        Friday, May 16 9:45 am—2:45 pm                              John is a young man with Asperger Syndrome who
              CATHERINE FAHERTY                                     attended mainstream secondary school until he became
 Finding Meaning: Laying the Groundwork for                         mentally unwell at the age of just sixteen. He was then
              Future Self-Advocacy                                  admitted to an in-patient psychiatric unit for six months.
                                                                    During this time he received a diagnosis of Asperger
Catherine Faherty's presentation will begin by stressing            Syndrome along with his mental health difficulties.
the importance of helping persons with ASD make sense               Becoming more self aware and gaining insight and
out of the world around them. She suggests that                     understanding into his AS as well as the mental health
Structured Teaching strategies, as taught by TEACCH, are            problems have been key for John’s road to well being.
pivotal to clarifying the meaning of everyday life. She will        This road took him into college and out again and into a
introduce a sampling of Structured Teaching strategies              job and out again before finding employment that suits
and clarify them from a TEACCH perspective. This                    him. John now works part time in a residential home for
information is valid for all children and adults with               adults with learning difficulties and autism. Here he has
autism, no matter their level of functioning.                       learned more about himself and has been a great
                                                                    resource for staff colleagues to help them understand
The day will continue with Ms. Faherty suggesting specific          their residents better.
ways to help verbal children and teenagers learn about
having ASD. She will highlight important communication              Living with an autistic spectrum disorder continues to be
skills that are necessary to develop for future                     a battle at times for John. In this talk he will share
self-advocacy, giving examples of visually structured               something of the need to work towards short term goals
communication       strategies which promote effective              in a very gradual and step by step approach. He will also
communication between those with ASD and their                      share the problems as well as the success stories of his
neurotypical family, friends, and teachers.                         current employment. John does have some longer term
                                                                    goals but has difficulty working out how he can reach
Catherine Faherty, teacher, TEACCH therapist, and trainer, is the   them and this ongoing need for support in a range of
author of the book Asperger’s... What Does It Mean To Me?,          areas of life is something John will explore through his
which was written to help children and youth with ASD with
self-understanding; and to promote mutual understanding
amongst important people in their lives. It includes a wealth of
                                                                    John lives at home with his Mum and Dad and younger
strategies for parents and teachers. It can be read in English,
Greek, Swedish, Japanese, French, Spanish, and Danish.              brother.                              
May 15 & 16, 2008                      Ramada Hotel & Resort      Penns Lane, Walmley, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands

Please PRINT Clearly                                  REGISTRATION FORM
NAME _________________________________________________________________________________

ORGANIZATION _________________________________________________________________________

ADDRESS ______________________________________________________________________________

PHONE ________________________________________________ FAX ____________________________

EMAIL ________________________________________________________________________________
We will only send you emails of upcoming conferences or other important information for your area.

PARENT RATE         Before April 25, 2008           After April 25, 2008
 1 Day Only           £80.00 + 14.00 VAT = £94.00             £95.00 + 16.63 VAT = £111.63             £__________
 2 Days              £150.00 + 26.25 VAT =£176.25            £180.00 + 31.50 VAT = £211.50             £__________
If attending only 1 Day, which day are you attending         Thursday _____     Friday ____

PROFESSIONAL RATE         Before April 25, 2008                  After April 25, 2008
1 Day Only           £180.00 + 31.50 VAT = £211.50            £195.00 + 34.13 VAT = £229.13            £__________
2 Days               £275.00 + 48.13 VAT = £323.13            £305.00 + 53.38 VAT = £358.38            £__________
If attending only 1 Day, which day are you attending            Thursday _____ Friday ____
                                                                        TOTAL ENCLOSED                 £__________
 REGISTRATION INCLUDES: Sessions, Session materials, lunch, refreshment breaks.
 VAT NUMBER: 875 2674 85

METHOD OF PAYMENT Please make cheque payable to Autism Awareness Centre Inc.

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                                                                                 Must be signed

Special Needs:
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Cancellation Policy
Cancellations must be in writing and received prior to April 25, 2008. A £25.00 administration fee will be charged. From
April 25 - May 15 half of the fee will be charged. May 15 or later the full fee will be charged. This policy will be enforced
but you are encouraged to find a subsitute.

                                SEND COMPLETED FORM WITH PAYMENT TO:
                                          autism.west midlands
                                            18 Highfield Road
                                   Edgbaston, Birmingham, UK B15 3DU

                                Telephone: 0121-450-7576 Fax: 0121-450-7581
                 Email: OR

                                               Visit our websites at:                            
                                                                             Ramada Hotel & Resort
   May 15 & 16, 2008                                           Penns Lane, Walmley, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands

                  GENERAL INFORMATION                                          Autism Awareness Centre and
                                                                          autism.west midlands Working Together
Hotel Information
The Ramada Hotel & Resort is the host hotel for this
event. The hotel is located at   Penns Lane, Walmley,                The Autism Awareness Centre is pleased to once again
Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands.                                     have this opportunity to work in conjunction with
                                                                     autism.west midlands to provide those in the ASD
ROOM RATES:     £ 89.00      Taxes not included                      community with two of the world’s top authors on
                                                                     ASD. Brenda Smith Myles and Catherine Faherty will be
Rooms are subject to availability.                                   speaking for the first time in England. The experiences
Delegates are responsible for booking and paying for their own       of these two internationally known speakers will be
accommodations. Individual reservations can be made by               invaluable to all who attend.
contacting the hotel reservations department directly at:
                Telephone: 0121- 351-3111                            This will be the third annual conference that our two
                                                                     organizations have cooperatively worked together to
Callers must mention the group name Autism Awareness                 bring relevant information to the autism community in
Centre Workshop to ensure they receive the appropriate               England, and we believe this will be an extremely
rate and are included in the guest room block.                       beneficial conference for all involved.

Dress Code                                                           Our two organizations are committed to ensuring the
Dress is business casual. Delegates are reminded that the            best possible training for parents and professionals
room may be chilly at times and are encouraged to wear a             alike.

Meals, Refreshment Breaks
Lunch will be provided both days. Refreshment breaks will be
served in the morning and afternoon.

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations must be in writing and received prior to April
25, 2008. A £25.00 administration fee will be charged. From
April 25 - May 15 half of the fee will be charged. May 15 or
later the full fee will be charged. This policy will be enforced
but you are encouraged to find a substitute.

                                    Canada’s National Provider of ASD Conferences
                                            Leading The Way For Change!

The Autism Awareness Centre believes that education is the key to success in assisting individuals who have autism,
Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD), Asperger Syndrome and other disorders such as Tourette Syndrome, Attention
Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). With numerous social, communication, and
behavioral intervention methods and the more recent field of biomedical interventions, it is important to keep parents and
professionals on the leading edge of new information. By hosting workshops across Canada and providing resource support
both in Canada and abroad, the Autism Awareness Centre is committed to ensuring information reaches all communities.
The Autism Awareness Centre is leading the way for change by providing conferences to all corners of Canada.

Maureen Bennie is a mother of two children ages 9 and 11 with autism. She has managed an at-home Intensive Behavioral
Intervention Program for the past 8 years for her children. She is the author of over 100 articles and book reviews that
have appeared in publications and on websites throughout North America.

Victoria Harris has over 25 years experience in business management and event planning. Her attention to detail ensures
the atmosphere at every conference inspires learning.

                                                  autism.west midlands

autism.west midlands aims to improve the quality of life for people with autistic spectrum disorders and their families by
raising awareness of the condition and making provision for the individual needs of people with autistic spectrum disorders.

We are the principal provider of autism-specific services for children and adults in the West Midlands region.

Our current services include a school for residential and day pupils, residential services for adults, supported living and
employment support for adults with Asperger Syndrome, family support, an information help-line, and the provision of
training for staff, parents and professionals.

We have established a large membership across the region since we opened our first residential service in 1988.                              

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