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08-26-04, 07:16 AM
<CENTER>Garrett arranges autism forum

</CENTER>State Sen. Susan Garrett (D-29th) of Lake Forest will co-sponsor a two-part Autism Forum in early September in conjunction with the Jewish Children's Bureau and the Autism Society of Illinois.

Both forums will be held at the Jewish Children's Bureau's Elaine Kersten Children's Center, located at 255 Revere Drive, Suite 200, in Northbrook.

The initial forum, beginning at 7 p.m., Sept. 1, will focus on autism education. The education forum will explore the educational aspects of autism for both parents and educators, and will include a discussion of the various methods for teaching children across the spectrum as well as ways that schools and parents can help ensure that each child in Illinois is educated appropriately.

The featured Education Forum speakers include David Peterson, superintendent of the Northern Suburban Special Education District; Micki Moran, J.D., from the Child & Family Law Center; Selma Martinez, the executive director of the RACE school; and Carmen Gendel of Sweeney, Gendel and Associates. In addition, Dr. David Rubovlts, a developmental psychologist with Jewish Children's Bureau, will serve as a panelist.

The second forum, beginning at 7 p.m. Sept. 8, will focus on autism healthcare. The autism healthcare forum will focus on the current state of science in the treatment of autism, as well as the various medical and therapeutic approaches to treating children with autism. The featured Healthcare Forum speakers include Bennett L. Leventhal, MD from the University of Chicago; Michael G. Chez, M.D. from the Chicago Medical School; and Marlies Gramann of the Jewish Children's Bureau.

The format of each forum will allow each speaker to give a brief presentation and overview of his/her area of expertise, followed by an open forum of questions and answers by the panel.

Child care will be made available for registered forum attendees. Seating is limited and pre- registration is required. Persons interested in attending one or both forum sessions should contact Garrett's office at (847) 433-2002 to register. The forums are free and open to the public.

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