2017 Featured Speakers
Temple Grandin, PhD Bridget Taylor Peter Gerhardt EdD Fred Volkmar, MD
Temple Grandin, PhD
||Autism activist and spokesperson, professor of animal science and author of more than a dozen books and articles on autism. Temple Grandin, PhD is an internationally celebrated author, activist and spokesperson on autism and a professor of animal science. She has written more than a dozen books and articles on autism, including The Way I See It and The Autistic Brain, and has delivered countless presentations, including a TED Talk about her experiences and perspectives as a woman with autism. In 2010, Time magazine named her as one of the 100 most influential people in the world, listing her in the “Heroes” category.
Learn more about Temple Grandin
Temple’s official website
Time Magazine Top 100 Heroes of 2010
Academy Award-winning HBO Film “Temple Grandin”
Temple Grandin’s Hug Machine
Bridget Taylor, PsyD, BCBA-D
||Bridget Taylor, PsyD, BCBA-D is currently the Co-founder and Executive Director of Alpine Learning Group and Senior Clinical Advisor for Rethink. She has specialized in the education and treatment of children with autism for the past twenty-five years. Dr. Taylor is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and serves on the editorial board of Behavioral Interventions. As a member of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, the Autism Advisory Group for the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies, as well as other autism initiatives, Dr. Taylor has been influential in the development of autism treatment centers both locally and in Italy, India, Canada, France, Australia and Kosovo. Read her full bio and information about Alpine Learning Group.
2017 Keynote topic: “Autism Treatment: A Rich History and a Promising Future”
Workshop: Observational Learning and Children with Autism: Emerging Research and Clinical Applications
Workshop: Proactive Strategies for Addressing Challenging Behavior
Peter Gerhardt EdD
||Peter Gerhardt, EdD, is OAR’s president. He has over 25 years experience working with adolescents and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders in educational, employment, and community-based settings. He is the author or co-author of articles and book chapters on the needs of adults with autism spectrum disorder, the school-to-work-transition process and analysis and intervention of problematic behavior. He has presented nationally and internationally on these topics. Dr. Gerhardt received his doctorate from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey Graduate School of Education.
Workshop: Programming for More Positive Outcomes for Adults with ASD: Adulthood Begins in Preschool
Workshop: The Challenge of Effective Job Coaching
Workshop: Community Engagement in Day Programs
Fred Volkmar, MD
||Fred R. Volkmar, MD is the Irving B. Harris Professor of Child Psychiatry, Pediatrics, and Psychology at the Yale University, Child Study Center in the School of Medicine. Dr. Volkmar was the primary author of the American Psychiatric Association’s DSM-IV autism and pervasive developmental disorders section. He is the author of hundreds of papers as well as a number of books including A Practical Guide to Autism: What Every Parent, Family Member and Teacher Needs to Know, and Adolescents and Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Dr. Volkmar has served as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, the American Journal of Psychiatry and is now the Editor of the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. He has also served as co-chairperson of the autism/intellectual disabilities committee of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
In addition to having directed the internationally known autism clinic, Dr. Volkmar served as director of the autism research program at Yale before becoming chair of his department from 2006-2014. Dr. Volkmar has been the principal investigator of several major grants including a CPEA (Collaborative Program of Excellent in Autism) grant from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and a STAART (Studies to Advance Autism Research and Treatment) Autism Center Grant from the National Institute of Mental Health.
2017 Keynote Topic: The Social Brain in Autism
Workshop: Dual Diagnosis with Children with ASD
Workshop: The Changing Face of Autism