Thursday, June 21, 2007

Eighth annual Autism Institute held in Louisville

Parents of autistic children shared their joy and tears last night in a panel discussion as part of the first day of the eighth annual Autism Institute at the Galt House.

The discussion, attended by about 45 people, was held as part of a series of events designed for educators, psychologists, family members and those who work with autism.

It was a chance for parents to share ideas and help each other, said Rebecca Grau, interim director of the Kentucky Autism Training Center.

Parents helped reassure others that despite the challenges, autism can be handled.

"My son has autism, but autism doesn't have him," said one mother.

...Autism is the fastest-growing developmental disability in the United States, and affects an estimated one out of every 150 children, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

The conference, was hosted by the University of Louisville.

This from the Courier-Journal.

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