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Leir Conference to Feature Prominent Autism Experts

May 25, 2011

Leir Conference

Sharing information and teaching practical skills will be the focus of "Supports and Services for Adolescents and Adults with Autism,” a free conference on Wednesday, June 8 at the Leir Retreat Center in Ridgefield, Connecticut.

The conference, which is being organized by the YAI Network, is sponsored by the Leir Foundation, a charitable organization dedicated to helping people learn, exchange ideas and collaborate.

Recognized experts in the field of autism will present on an informative and engaging panel designed to provide both family members and professionals with valuable information. Panelists include Dr. Charles Cartwright, Director of the YAI Autism Center and Chief of Premier HealthCare's Autism Research and Treatment Institute;  Dr. Peter Della Bella, Medical Director of Premier HealthCare;  and Moira Lewis, M.S., CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist at the YAI Autism Center.
The symposium will include Dr. Vincent Carbone, Director of The Carbone Clinic and a distinguished member of YAI's Autism Advisory Council. Dr. Carbone will speak on “Teaching Life Skills to Person With Autism.”

Dr. Stephen Shore, Assistant Professor of Special Education at Adelphi University, will present a keynote, “Life on and Slightly to the Right of the Autism Spectrum.” 

"Supports and Services for Adolescents and Adults with Autism” is the second Leir Conference on Autism Spectrum Disorders. The Leir foundation was founded by Henry Leir, who built an empire in the refractory metals business in the 1940s, and his wife Erna. Henry Leir was a philanthropist who supported learning by founding several university chairs and donating to hospitals, schools and museums. 
For more information, please contact Tina Sobel, YAI’s Assistant Director of Professional Information, at