Leading Autism Advocate Dr. Temple Grandin to Keynote Conference

October 07, 2013

PATCHOGUE, N.Y. October 8, 2013 The Department of Child Study at St. Josephs College (SJC), in conjunction with Family Residences and Essential Enterprises, Inc. (FREE), will host the conference, "Educating All: Resources and Best Practices for Diverse Learners on Friday, November 1, 8 a.m. 3:30 p.m. at its Long Island Campus located in Patchogue, N.Y.

The keynote speaker for this years conference is Dr. Temple Grandin, author, autism advocate, professor of animal science at Colorado State University and internationally recognized designer of livestock handling facilities. The subject of the Emmy Award-winning HBO biopic Temple Grandin, she has appeared on television shows, such as 20/20, Larry King Live and The Today Show. Her book, Animals in Translation was a New York Times best seller, and will be available for purchase at the event. A book signing by the author will take place after her presentation.

"The Child Study Department at SJC and FREE eagerly anticipate Temple Grandin's keynote address, said S. Mary Ann Cashin, chair of the Department of Child Study at SJC. "The 30 breakout session topics will explore contemporary issues and offer positive approaches for educating all. The registration fee for students is affordable and we hope that many will be in attendance.

This education conference will include workshops on timely teaching topics, such as autism spectrum disorder, inclusion classrooms, differential education practices and dynamic learning methods. Throughout the day, attendees will also have the opportunity to visit the Apps Caf, view an art exhibition and enjoy musical entertainment. Vendor and exhibitor tables will be set up all day for attendees to receive information and make purchases.

The pre-registration cost is $100 for an individual and $25 for students, which includes the full event program, breakfast and lunch. After October 1, registration will increase to $110. For more information, to register or become a vendor, call 516.870.1694, email [email protected] or visit www.familyres.org. SJC is accessible via the South Service Road of Sunrise Highway, just east of Exit 52 (Waverly Avenue).

Family Residences and Essential Enterprises, Inc. (FREE) founded in 1977 and headquartered in Old Bethpage, benefits and proudly supports more than 3,500 individuals with intellectual disabilities, mental illness and traumatic brain injury. It is the mission of FREE to help individuals of all abilities realize their full potential. FREE provides a diverse array of supports and services including: housing, recovery services, transition to work, employment, day, community and family services, respite, crisis services, education and after-school support, primary and specialty health care and advocacy. For more information, call 516-870-1622 or visit www.familyres.org.