Kennedy Krieger Institute to Host Multiple Trainings and Events for Autism Awareness Month

March 13, 2012

BALTIMORE, MD -- April is Autism Awareness Month and Kennedy Krieger Institute will host a series of events, including free lectures and trainings by some of the nation's top autism experts for the benefit of local professionals, parents and families. Autism is a developmental disability that affects the ability of 1 in 88 children to communicate, understand language and relate to others. Kennedy Krieger Institute's Center for Autism & Related Disorders invites the community to the following:

Monday, April 3 at 9:30 a.m.
Workshop: What is Your Special Education for Your Child?
Learn how special education services are individualized in Maryland and why partnership, advocacy and knowledge of your parental rights are important.

Wednesday, April 11 at 11:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Training: Getting the Most out of Play Time with Your Child
Internationally-known expert Dr. Rebecca Landa of Kennedy Krieger shows how play can foster learning.

Monday, April 16 at 11:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
Lecture: What Brain Changes Lead to the Early Development of Autism?
Dr. Eric Courchesne of the University of California San Diego Autism Center for Excellence speaks about the brain changes that can lead to the development of autism in this parent-focused lecture.

Monday, April 16 at 3:30 p.m.
Lecture: Discovery of the Neural Developmental Bases of Autism
Dr. Eric Courchesne of the University of California San Diego speaks about the discovery of neural developmental bases of autism in this lecture for autism researchers and professionals.

Monday, April 23 at 9:00 a.m.
Presentation: How Do Students with Disabilities Achieve Success When School is Over?
Learn strategies for helping students with disabilities transition from school into adulthood.

Sunday, April 29 from 7:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Fundraiser: 8th Annual ROAR for Autism
Biking, hiking and a family fun festival at Oregon Ridge Park to benefit autism research at Kennedy Krieger.

Additional Information: All events require registration. For more details on each event and to register, please visit www.kennedykrieger.org/calendar/all/2012-04.

About Kennedy Krieger Institute:

Internationally recognized for improving the lives of children and adolescents with disorders and injuries of the brain and spinal cord, the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, MD serves more than 16,000 individuals each year through inpatient and outpatient clinics, home and community services and school-based programs. Kennedy Krieger provides a wide range of services for children with developmental concerns mild to severe, and is home to a team of investigators who are contributing to the understanding of how disorders develop while pioneering new interventions and earlier diagnosis. For more information on Kennedy Krieger Institute, visit www.kennedykrieger.org.

Media Contact:

Jennifer Burke
(443) 923-7329
burkej@kennedykrieger.org