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Center for Autism and Related Disorders Hosts Annual Conference

Over 200 doctors, parents, psychologists, speech-language pathologists and other professionals attended an October conference sponsored by Kennedy Krieger's Center for Autism and Related Disorders. Designed to foster understanding of the early stages of autism spectrum disorders, the conference focused on exploring the neuropsychology of autism, the importance of early detection and current early intervention strategies. Some of this year's specific objectives included:

  • Identifying characteristics of autism apparent in one-year-olds
  • Determining treatment goals and strategies for toddlers
  • Describing features of autism screening and early detection programs
  • Identifying brain structures likely to be linked to autism

For additional information on the conference visit or call the Center for Autism and Related Disorders at 877-850-3372.

BWI Run/Walk raises $35,695 for Down syndrome research, programs and parent groups

More than 1,000 runners and walkers participated in the 19th Annual BWI Run/Walk benefiting Kennedy Krieger's Down Syndrome Clinic and groups for parents of children with Down syndrome. Proceeds from Sept. 25 totaled $35,695. Radio personality Steve Rouse and WJZ-TV's Denise Koch emceed the Run/Walk, which featured a four-mile run and two-mile family walk.

Northrop Grumman partners with BWI and other area sponsors to support this event, which was originally organized by former Northrop Grumman employee Wayne Malone, whose son has Down syndrome.

Constellation Energy Classic Raises Money for Kennedy Krieger

The Constellation Energy Classic, a PGA Champions Tour event, returned to Hunt Valley's Hayfields Country Club Sept. 12-18. Kennedy Krieger has shared in the proceeds from the Constellation Classic Energy since its inception in 2003. Since then, the Baltimore Classic Fund, the non-profit organization founded to raise and distribute funds through the tournament, has donated more than $700,000 to Maryland charities.

Bob Gilder won the tournament with an 18-under par 168 in three rounds. The event marked Gilder's first victory on the Champions Tour in more than two years, which features the world's premier players over the age of 50. The tournament, which offered $1.7 million in prize money, drew such legends as Tom Watson, Ray Floyd, Dale Douglas, Lee Trevino, Tom Kite, Tom McKnight, Larry Nelson and last year's defending champ, Wayne Levi. Baltimore Orioles legend Cal Ripken, Jr. served as Honorary Chairman and participated in the event's McCormick Championship Pro-Am with Maryland Governor Robert Ehrlich and Constellation Energy chairman and CEO Mayo Shattuck III.

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