Autism Coalition Presents Free, One-Day Conference Sept. 17 for Parents, Professionals and Educators

MELBOURNE, FLA.—The Brevard-PALS Autism Coalition presents a one-day conference for parents, professionals and educators on Sept. 17 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event will be held at the Brevard County School Board offices in Viera. There is no cost. Refreshments and a light lunch will be served courtesy of Starbucks, Bald Strawberry and Chick-Fil-A. Brevard-PALS is a non- profit organization supporting individuals with autism spectrum disorders in Central Florida.

The morning session, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., will be on medical issues and autism. Speakers are Dr. Kent Leifer, pediatric allergy and immunology; Dr. Elisa Yoho, neuropsychology; Dr. Jeff Bornstein, pediatric gastroenterology; and Ashley Allen, dietetics.

The afternoon session, 1:30-4:30 p.m., will focus on community integration for young adults with autism. Speakers are Betsy Farmer, Promise Brevard; Robin Gipson, Florida Diagnostic & Learning Resources System (FDLRS) and another speaker to be announced.. The featured speaker is James Williams, author and advocate for those with autism spectrum disorders. More on Williams is at

The day is sponsored by Arnold Palmer Hospital, Florida Hospital For Children, Nemours Children’s Hospital and McClelland, Jones, Lyons, Lacey & Williams, LLC.

The Brevard School Board is located at 2760 Judge Fran Jamieson Way in Viera. An RSVP is appreciated and may be made by calling (321) 768-6800.

The Florida Institute of Technology Scott Center for Autism Treatment is a member of the Brevard-PALS Autism Coalition.

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