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Annual autism educational conference planned

From Staff Reports

The Autism Society of East Tennessee will host a full-day autism education conference on Saturday, April 1, in Johnson City from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Autism Society’s conference provides an incredible opportunity for parents, educators and professionals to learn new skills, understand best practices, and network with other like-minded individuals.

“Our annual Tri-Cities conference creates unity by providing accessibility, compassion, collaboration, education, and support to those living, working, and supporting the journey known as autism” said Kandis Burney, executive director for Autism Society of East Tennessee.

The Annual Autism Conference includes keynote speaker, Pepper Basham. Breakout sessions include: Neurofeedback, Trusts and Conservatorships, Music Therapy, Benefits of Service Dogs, Developing Sensory Friendly Church Programs, and Special Education Basic Rights.

Sessions will be presented by a highly acclaimed lineup of industry experts, including Kim Wheeler of The ARC of Washington County, Cindy Gardner of Mauer & Gardner, Dr. Baker of Blountville Braincore, Melissa Keeler of STEP and ASA-ETC Board member, Shari Cate of West Park Baptist Church, and several more. Additionally, attendees will have the opportunity to meet and greet with exhibitors and sponsors that provide local autism services.

Everyone is invited to a fun and informative day filled with stories and professional advice to help educate and raise awareness of autism spectrum disorder. For more information and to register, please visit:

The CDC estimates that as many as 1 out of every 68 children born today will be diagnosed with some form of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Autism is a complex neurobiological disorder that typically lasts throughout a person’s lifetime and affects how a person perceives the world, interacts with others, and communicates. There is no known single underlying cause of autism.

The Autism Society is the nation’s leading autism organization providing the latest information regarding treatment, education, research, and advocacy. The Autism Society of East Tennessee provides services to 36 counties in East Tennessee.