scaslogo_SMALL 2 2012 Annual Conference
Message from the President
As you can imagine, putting on an annual conference can be quite the chore. The issue that I worry most about is the keynote speakers.  I fear if they will be well known enough to raise the interest in the conference. Will the speakers have a broad enough appeal to represent the whole spectrum?

It is not always easy to find, schedule and afford good speakers. But we do our best and often try to bring in speakers that have been recommended by families.

This year, I am personally very excited about our lineup of keynote speakers. You can find their professional bio in this newsletter. But I thought I would share a little from my perspective.

First, let me say upfront that I have known Stephen Shore for a long time. I have seen him present many times at other conferences and I am confident that he will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience that will be extremely helpful. Stephen has traveled the world speaking on his experience in living on the spectrum. Not only is Stephen a self-advocate, he is also a great advocate for all those with ASD. He has served on many boards and most notable, he has been a member of the federal Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee.

I am also very excited to have Larry and Tracy here from the documentary Wretches and Jabbers. These are two guys who many would have said that they are very limited as to what they can do. I am sure most people they have encountered throughout their lives would have immediately had very low expectations for them. But these two guys are determined to achieve much more in life. And they will be at out conference on the 20th to talk about their advocacy efforts and how that has taken them around the world.

I think this is a great lineup. I think this is the first time that we will be having keynotes that spans across the spectrum to this degree. I hope you will join us and experience this for yourselves. We have worked hard to keep the cost as low as possible and we still have some parent scholarships available.

See you on the 20th.
Craig Stoxen
President & CEO
South Carolina Autism Society
Annual Meeting & Conference
Saturday, October 20
Columbia Conference Center
Columbia, SC


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Limited Parent Scholarships are available.
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Visit our Resource Fair, Bookstore and Silent Auction.

Conference Prices SCAS Members NON Members
Family Member/Full-Time Student/Ind w/ASD $75 $100
Two Family Members $110 $140
Professional $100 $125
2 or more Professionals of same group/each $90 $115


About Our Presenters

Diagnosed with "Atypical Development with strong autistic tendencies", Dr. Stephen Shore was viewed as "too sick" to be treated on an outpatient basis and recommended for institutionalization. Nonverbal until four, and with much help from his parents, teachers and others, Stephen completed his doctoral dissertation at Boston University focused on matching best practice to the needs of people on the autism spectrum. Recently, Dr. Shore has accepted a professorship at Adelphi University teaching courses in special education and autism.

In addition to working with children and talking about life on the autism spectrum, Stephen presents and consults internationally on adult issues pertinent to education, relationships, employment, advocacy and disclosure as discussed in his books, "Beyond the Wall: Personal Experiences with Autism and Asperger Syndrome", "Ask and Tell: Self-Advocacy and Disclosure for People on the Autism Spectrum" and the critcally acclaimed "Understanding Autism for Dummies".

President emeritus of the Asperger's Association of New England, Dr. Shore serves on the Interagency Coordinating Committee, for the Board of Directors for Autism Society of America, Unlocking Autism, MAAP, the College Internship Program and USAAA.

Larry Bissonnette is an advocate and artist who lives in Milton, Vermont and has had his work exhibited regularly both locally and nationally. Larry is one of the featured artists of the GRACE (Grass Roots Art and Community Effort) project based in Hardwick, Vermont. In 1991, Larry learned to communicate through typing and began combining words with his art to express his thoughts and ideas. Over the past 15 years, he has been a featured presenter at many educational conferences and has written and spoken on the topics of autism, communication and art.

Tracy Thresher is an advocate for people with disabilities. He lives and works in Vermont.  Tracy began typing to communicate in 1990 and was one of the first individuals with autism at Washington County Mental Health Services (a community-based service provider) to be introduced to it. He has presented at local, statewide, and national workshops and conferences. He has consulted with local schools, is a member of the Vermont Statewide Standing Committee and has worked for the Green Mountain Self-Advocates in Montpelier, Vermont. In Vermont, he mentors teenagers and adults. Most recently, Tracy has consulted at Syracuse University as a lead trainer.

Conference Agenda

8am-9am Registration
9 - 9:15 am Welcome
9:15 - 10:15 Dr. Stephen Shore, Friendship, Dating and Deeper Relationships
10:15 - 10:45 Break (Bookstore & Silent Auction open)
10:45 - 11:45 Dr. Stephen Shore Conclusions & Questions
11:45 - 12:45 Lunch (provided)
Annual Meeting & Awards
*silent auction closes at 3:00
12:45 - 2:45 Larry Bissonnette and Tracy Thresher
Movie Viewing - Wretches and Jabberers
2:45 - 3:00 Break (Silent Auction closes at 3pm - Bookstore is OPEN)
3:00 - 4:00 Q & A with Larry and Tracy
4:00 pm Pick up Silent Auction items




Dr. Stephen Shore

Friendship, Dating and Deeper Relationships
The author of Beyond the Wall: Personal Experiences with Autism and Asperger Syndrome; Ask and Tell: Self-Advocacy and Disclosure for People on the Autism Spectrum; and the critically acclaimed Understanding Autism for Dummies

Larry Bissonnette and Tracy Thresher

from the film Wretches and Jabberers
Where two men with autism embark on a global quest to change prevailing attitudes about disability and intelligence.  This global buddy movie gives viewers an eye opening perspective on autism, done with compassion and humor.

South Carolina Autism Society
806 12th Street, West Columbia, SC  29169

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806 12th Street
West Columbia, SC 29169

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