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Bullying Focus of Nov. 28 Autism Conference

September 19, 2012

Recent reports that autistic students take the brunt of bullying in middle school and high school, come as no surprise to many parents and professionals. And until comprehensive anit-bullying programs are adopted by entire schools, the likelihood is that the bullying will continue, according to research. Studies find that students in schools that embrace diversity and create anti-bullying policies perform  better academically, and have lower rates of behavior problems, including alcohol and drug use.

"Autism and Bullying," a one-day conference for families and professionals, on Wed., Nov. 28, 2012, at the McGraw-Hill Auditorium, 1221 Ave. of the Americas, will explore the root of bullying, which has reached epidemic proportions, and potential solutions.

Lee Hirsch the award-winning director of the documentary "Bully" will be the keynote speaker.

Dr. Paul Law, Director, Interactive Autism Network, Kennedy Krieger Institute, and Dr. Jed Baker, Director, Social Skills Training Project, will also present at the conference, which is sponsored by YAI.

For more information or to register, visit yai.org/autismconference or call Abbe Wittenberg at abbe.wittenberg@yai.org or 212-273-6472. A discount family rate is available.