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Voices for Autism Conference at Nazareth College, April 21

  • Published: April 05, 2012


  • First Voices for Autism Conference at Nazareth College on Saturday, April 21
  • Conference is for individuals on the spectrum, families, and professionals
  • Cost is $40 for families/community members and $25 for students

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To register for this event call (585) 341-4600.

Media: Alicia Nestle (585) 389-2457

Voices for Autism Conference at Nazareth College, April 21

Autism has become one of the fastest-growing developmental disabilities in the U.S., affecting 1 in 88 children, and 1 in 54 boys. In response to the rapid rate this disability is occurring in the U.S., Nazareth College has partnered with CDS Monarch, a Rochester-based social service provider, to present the first Voices for Autism Conference on Saturday, April 21, 2012 from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. in the Linehan Chapel, located in the Golisano Academic Center on the Nazareth campus. Author and advocate Dr. Paula Kluth will lead the keynote address. The cost is $40 for families/community members and $25 for students. Nazareth College is located at 4245 East Ave., Rochester, N.Y. 14618.

The conference will bring together the expertise and experiences of family members, professionals and individuals on the spectrum in order to address a variety of topics relevant to promoting lifelong advocacy and self-advocacy for these individuals including: supporting communication, increasing knowledge regarding available services and supports, and developing strong supportive relationships across the community.

Dr. Paula Kluth is a consultant, author, advocate, and independent scholar who works with teachers and families to provide inclusive opportunities for students with disabilities and to create more responsive and engaging schooling experiences for all learners. Paula is a former special educator who has served as a classroom teacher and inclusion facilitator. Her professional interests include differentiating instruction and inclusive schooling.

She is the author or co-author of ten books including: “You’re Going to Love This Kid”: Teaching Students with Autism in Inclusive Classrooms; A Land We Can Share: Teaching Literacy to Students with Autism; The Autism Checklist; Joyful Learning: Active and Collaborative Learning in the Inclusive Classroom; and From Tutor Scripts to Talking Sticks: 100 Ways to Differentiate Instruction in K-12 Inclusive Classrooms. Paula is also a director of a documentary film titled “We Thought You’d Never Ask”: Voices of People with Autism.

Dr. Kluth has been awarded numerous honors in her field and community. Most recently she was a recipient of the 20 Under 40 University of Wisconsin Alumni Achievement Award for her work with students with autism. She was also named the National Down Syndrome Congress Educator of the Year in 2007 and the Belle Center of Chicago’s Inclusion Advocate of the Year in 2006.

CDS Monarch fulfills transitional and employment needs of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families through the Life Transitions services, Warrior Salute™, CDS Monarch Senior Living, and Unistel, a subsidiary of CDS Monarch. CDS Monarch is guided by the belief that everyone deserves the opportunity to lead a productive, fulfilling life with quality and choice of services. For more information about CDS Monarch's programs, services or how you can provide support, or become involved please contact: Melissa Mulcahy, Executive Director of The Wolf Foundation at (585) 347-1208 or email:
This event is possible due to support from CDS Monarch, Nazareth College's School of Health and Human Services and School of Education.

Founded in 1924, Nazareth College is located on a close-knit, suburban campus in the dynamic, metropolitan region of Rochester, N.Y. The College offers challenging academic programs in the liberal arts and sciences and professional programs in health and human services, education, and management. Nazareth's strong cultures of service and community prepare students to be successful professionals and engaged citizens. The College enrolls approximately 2,000 undergraduate students and 1,000 graduate students.

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