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2014 Day of Learning and Evening of Celebration
The Autism Science Foundation hosted the autism community’s first TED-style talks at last year’s Day of Learning on April 10, 2014.
Dr. Tom Insel: From Four Kingdoms to One Community for Autism
Dr. Insel, Director of the National Institute of Mental Health looks at autism as an illness, an injury, an insight, and as an identity, and calls us all to act as a community.
Dr. Cathy Rice: Who has Autism? From Person to Population
Dr. Rice of the CDC speaks on how the way we understand autism has changed greatly over the years. She also talks about the CDC’s announcement that 1 in 68 children now has autism.
Dr. Ami Klin: Do We Finally Have an Autism Diagnostic Biomarker?
Dr. Klin, Professor and Chief of the Division of Autism and Developmental Disorders at Emory University School of Medicine and Director of the Marcus Autism Center, says that we can find sings of autism in babies as young as two months old, even though we don’t see clinical signs of autism until much later.
Dr. David Amaral: Why it Takes Brains to Solve Autism
Dr. Amaral of the University of California, Davis and Director of Autism BrainNet, explains why the future of autism research depends on brain tissue donations.
Paul Morris: Growing Up with Autism
Paul Morris, a 26-year-old adult with high-functioning autism, talks about his life and the struggles and triumphs he has experienced.
Dr. David Mandell: Why Autism Interventions Fail in School
Dr. David Mandell, Associate Director of the Center for Autism Research at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, says it’s not enough to train teachers in intervention programs; we have to support and reward these teachers.
Dr. Joseph Buxbaum: Why are Fewer Females than Males Diagnosed with Autism?
Dr. Buxbaum, Director of the Seaver Autism Center, speaks about how girls have protective genes that require a greater hit to show symptoms of autism.
Dr. Paul Offit: Is Alternative Medicine Really an Alternative?
Dr. Paul Offit,Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases and Director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, says you must be careful because alternative medicine is an unregulated industry.