Beyond the Diagnosis: Autism Across the Life Span, October 14-15, 2010 Conference overview
Beyond the Diagnosis: Autism Across the Life Span October 14-14, 2010

A conference hosted jointly by the University of Kansas Center For Autism Research and Training (K-CART) and Johnson County Community College.

Schedule and Descriptions


Richard GrinkerRoy Richard Grinker, Ph.D., author of Unstrange Minds: Remapping the World of Autism Friday, Oct. 15

Cultural anthropologist Richard Grinker is widely recognized for his eloquent writing and speeches on diversity, especially on the diversity of minds. He is the world’s leading authority presenting on autism for lay audiences, combining a mastery of the latest medical knowledge and a deep personal understanding of social and cultural context in accessible, non-technical language.

He wrote the award-winning book after his daughter was diagnosed with autism. He speaks about how individuals, communities, and businesses can create environments that help people with disabilities to lead personally and economically fulfilling lives, and how changes in our society and our workplaces can enrich the lives of people with autism and the environments in which they live and work.

Steven F. WarrenSteven Warren, Ph.D., Vice Provost for Research and Graduate Education, the University of Kansas Thursday, Oct. 14

Steven F. Warren is a senior scientist and Vice Provost for Research and Graduate Studies. He is also a Professor of Applied Behavioral Science. He was associated with Vanderbilt University's John F. Kennedy Center for Human Development for 18 years as a Professor of Special Education and Deputy Director before coming to the University of Kansas in 2000. Warren is internationally recognized for his contributions to understanding language development in children and leadership in the field of developmental disabilities. He has conducted extensive research on early communication and language intervention approaches and has published more than 120 papers, chapters, and books on these and related topics.

On July 19, 2010, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences published a study by Warren and colleagues on the application of new voice analysis technology, LENA™ (Language Environment Analysis) system to identify children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. They showed that children with ASD—even very young pre-verbal children—have a unique vocal “signature.” This suggests that the technology could eventually be used by physicians to screen very young children for ASD, increasing the likelihood of earlier diagnosis and treatment. This publication resulted in worldwide media attention.

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