Autyzm - od nauki do praktyki

About

The conference under the honorary patronage of the President of Jagiellonian University professor Wojciech Nowak

You are warmly invited to the second conference entitled “Autism: From Science to Practice”, organized by the Institute of Psychology, Jagiellonian University. Our aim is to present the latest advances in research on autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and its practical applications to the therapy of people with ASD. This year, special attention will be paid the adolescents and young adults with ASD. Conference participants will learn how to support not only children but also teenagers and young people entering adulthood, and how to help them become independent. The lectures will focus on peer relations of young people with ASD, their sexuality, life at school and university, finding a job, and independent living in adulthood. Our speakers will be the most eminent scholars and most experienced practitioners: Katarzyna Chawarska, Jane Thierfeld Brown, Peter Gerhardt, Laura Grofer Klinger, Michael Storz and Fred R. Volkmar.

In addition to the lecture series, as are also planning a series of workshops for mental health providers, parents, researchers, and individuals living with ASD. On the first day of the conference, representatives of Polish research and therapeutic teams will present projects for people with autism carried out in our country. On the second day, the creators of first residence centres for adults with ASD in Poland will tell us about their projects. We want the conference to be an opportunity not only for gaining knowledge but also for exchanging experiences and ideas, and therefore we invite all participants to take part in panel discussions and Saturday’s conference banquet.

On the third day of the conference, there will be workshops specially designed for four groups of participants: therapists, parents and people with ASD, teachers, and academic lecturers. For each of these groups, we have created a set of three specially tailored workshops and prepared by the best experts in the field. The workshops will be conducted by Arkadiusz Białek and Magdalena Kosno, Maciej Bochyński, Bożena Chrostowska, Peter Gerhardt, Beata Ignaczewska, Joanna Ławicka, Ewa Łukowska,  Michael Storz and Jane Thierfeld Brown. Finally, everyone will be invited to a debate on the functioning of young people with ASD in the school and university education system.

All lectures and workshops by foreign guests will be translated simultaneously into Polish.

Programme

Saturday, September 23rd – Lectures

8.00 – 9.30

Registration

9.30 – 9.45


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Conference opening

9.45 – 11.15

Fred R. Volkmar, MD

Fred R. Volkmar, M.D. is Irving B. Harris Professor of Child Psychiatry, Pediatrics, and Psychology at the Yale University Child Study Center, 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 several hundred scientific papers and chapters as well as a number of books about autism. He has served as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, and the American Journal of Psychiatry. He currently serves as Editor of the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. He has 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 he also served as director of autism research at Yale before becoming chairperson of the Department. Dr. Volkmar has been the principal investigator of three program project 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.

The changing face of outcome in autism

In the first out studies in autism about 2/3rd of individuals as adults were placed in residential settings with only about 5% achieving adult e and self-sufficiency; probably about 90% also exhibited significant intellectual disability. The most recent studies (and these are, intrinsically, lagging 15 years behind current date) provide a very different story with perhaps 30% of adults able to achieve independence and a minority exhibiting intellectual disability. This presentation will summarize changes in outcome over time and the various factors contributing to improved outcome and, in some cases “optimal” outcome. As more students with ASD enter college and the work force new challenges arise and the literature provides some support for use of a range of supports. This presentation will provide a summary of the current state of knowledge and important questions for future research and practice.

11.15 – 11.30

Coffee break

11.30 – 13.00

Katarzyna Chawarska, PhD

Dr. Katarzyna Chawarska is an associate professor of Child Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the Yale University School of Medicine and currently serves as the chair of the Autism Speaks Baby Siblings Research Consortium. As a clinical psychologist, Dr. Chawarska directs the Toddler Developmental Disabilities Clinic, a multi-disciplinary clinic that specializes in the early diagnosis of ASD; as a developmental scientist, she leads the Yale Early Social Cognition Laboratory, an interdisciplinary lab with the goal of decoding the complex processes that underlie typical and atypical development in visual social cognition during early childhood. Dr. Chawarska’s research interests include investigation into early markers and predictors of outcome in Autism Spectrum Disorders, studies of early social and affective development behavioral, neurobehavioral and psychophysical techniques, and examining variation in syndrome expression to better understand autism at the level of the individual.  She is strongly dedicated to training of the next generation of clinicians and researchers in the field of developmental disabilities as well as promoting early detection of ASD both nationally and internationally.  Dr. Chawarska is a Principal Investigator on numerous federally and privately funded grants as well as the lead author on multiple publications on prodromal and early syndromal stages of ASD.

Developmental trajectories of children with ASD: Core and comorbid features

The talk will focus on early developmental trajectories of children with ASD including symptom severity, adaptive functioning, as well as verbal and nonverbal development.  We will also discuss emergence key comorbid disorders in ASD: Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) as well as affective and regulatory difficulties.  The lecture targets mental health professionals and researchers in the field of autism and related disorders. 

13.00 – 13.45

Lunch break

13.45 – 15.15

Peter F. Gerhardt, EdD

Peter F. Gerhardt, Ed.D., is the Executive Director of the EPIC School in Paramus, NJ.  Dr. Gerhardt has more than 35 years’ experience utilizing the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis in support of adolescents and adults with autism spectrum disorders in educational, employment, residential and community-based settings. He is the author or co-author on a number of articles and chapters on the needs of adolescents and adults with ASD and has presented nationally and internationally on this topic.  Dr. Gerhardt serves as Chairman of the Scientific Council for the Organization for Autism Research and is on numerous professional advisory boards including the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies.  He received his doctorate from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey’s Graduate School of Education.

Skills that define adulthood: Self-Management, safety, sexuality, and independence

Adulthood, with its combination of choices, responsibilities, challenges, and successes is generally expected to be the best time of an individual’s life.  For most adults with autism, however, adulthood is a time of limited options, tedious responsibilities, few successes, and social isolation.   This is both unfortunate and unacceptable.  This presentation will provide an overview of how, by starting early in life, these undesirable outcomes can be changed.   Particular attention will be paid to the development of increasingly complex adaptive behavior skills including personal care, self-management, safety, and sexuality.  In addition, potential “short cuts” that can be applied later in life will be reviewed.

After having attended this lecture participants will be able to understand and discuss:

  1. The unnecessary limitations and restrictions that we, as parents and professionals, often place on individuals on the autism spectrum.
  2. The central importance of adaptive behavior to community living, social competence, and personal safety.
  3. The role which context plays in the development of a repertoire of useful, and generalizable, skills across an individuals’ lifetime.

15.15 – 15.30

Coffee break

15.30 – 16.30


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Panel discussion: The social world of people with ASD

Moderator: Marta Białecka-Pikul, PhD

Speakers: Katarzyna Chawarska, PhD, Bożena Chrostowska, PhD,
Peter F. Gerhardt, EdD,  Agnieszka Kossowska, PhD,
Fred R. Volkmar, MD

16.30 – 17.30


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Tools for the diagnosis and treatment of people with autism. A presentation of developmental research projects

Małgorzata Sekułowicz, Ed.D.; Joanna Kołodziejczyk, EngD; Magdalena Krakowiak, EngD;
Nela Grzegorczyk-Dłuciak, Ed.D.; Ewa Kuliga, M.A.

SASABA – The chance for a practical and research breakthrough in applied behavior analysis

Przemysław Tomalski, Ph.D.; Alicja Niedźwiecka, Ph.D.; Alicja Radkowska, MA; David Lopez, Ph.D.; Ewa Pisula, Ph.D.

Eye contact with parents by infants at risk of autism

Mateusz Płatos, MA; Kinga Wojaczek, MA

The Polish national autism census – Adolescents and adults on the autism spectrum

Anna Anzulewicz, MA; Krzysztof Sobota, MA; Dominika Czajak, MA; Dominika Zaremba, MA; Angelika Losko, MA; Jonathan Delafield-Butt, Ph.D.

How can machine learning and iPad games support autism assessment?

17.45

Conference dinner

Sunday, September 24th – Lectures

9.00 – 9.30

Registration

9.30 – 11.00

Jane Thierfeld Brown, EdD

Jane Thierfeld Brown is  Assistant Clinical Professor at Yale Child Study, Yale Medical School,  Director of College Autism Spectrum and former Director of Student  Services at the University of Connecticut School of Law. She has worked in Disability Services for 37 years. She holds an Ed.D from Columbia University, Teachers College. Dr. Brown consults  with many families, students, school districts and institutions of higher education.  Dr. Brown has appeared on Good Morning America, CBS News and NPR. She has co- authored “ Student with Asperger’s: A Guide for College Professionals,” (2009) Published in Japanese 2017,  “The Parent’s Guide to College for Students on the Autism Spectrum,” (2012) and “Behavior Management and Self-Regulation,” (2012) along with many textbook chapters and articles.  Dr. Brown is married and has three children, the youngest being a 25 year old son with Autism.

College students on the autism spectrum: An expanding frontier

The steadily increasing population of students with Autism bring diversity to our campuses along with some unique challenges. Students on the spectrum are often academically capable yet challenged in social interaction and executive function which may create issues for staff and faculty. Effective strategies for faculty, staff and students will inform how the issues for students autism may have impact on all parts of the campus.

11.00 – 11.15

Coffee break

11.15 – 12.45

Laura Grofer Klinger, PhD

Laura Grofer Klinger, Ph.D. is the Executive Director of the University of North Carolina TEACCH Autism Program and an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Klinger is a licensed clinical psychologist with more than 23 years of experience in the assessment and treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders across the lifespan. Dr. Klinger consults to school systems, universities, and employment programs internationally about best practices for supporting the transition to adulthood including supports for employment and postsecondary education. She serves on a variety of community advisory boards including Sesame Street (initiative to increase ASD awareness), Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina (supporting their development of an insurance policy for individuals with ASD), and Extraordinary Ventures (a Chapel-Hill based employment program for adults with ASD). Her research includes the study of learning differences in individuals with ASD and the development of community-based intervention programs to promote successful adolescent transition programs to support positive adult outcomes.

Autism in Adulthood: Employment, independent living, and quality of life

This presentation will provide an overview of adult outcomes for adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder who were diagnosed as children. Predictors of employment, independent living, and a positive quality of life in adulthood will be discussed.  Given these outcomes, our focus has been on developing transition programs to support positive outcomes for the next generation of young adults with autism. Two transition intervention programs that target successful postsecondary education and employment outcomes, the TEACCH School Transition to Employment and Post-Secondary Education Program and Project SEARCH, will be discussed.

12.45 – 13.30

Lunch break

13.30 – 15.00

Michael Storz, MBA

Michael Storz is President of Chapel Haven Inc., overseeing programs in New Haven, CT and Tucson, Arizona, which teach people with autism spectrum disorders and those with mild cognitive disabilities the skills to live independently in the community. Each program focuses on employment, college success, recreation and leisure, social communicative competence, self-determination and independent living skills. Chapel Haven is a lifelong program serving more than 250 adults from across the U.S. and several countries.
Under Michael’s leadership, Chapel Haven has raised $35 million and begun implementing a $41 million capital campaign that positions Chapel Haven once again as a pioneer in serving adults with disabilities. Entitled “Chapel Haven: Continuing the Commitment,” Chapel Haven will transform its Westville campus and add a senior living facility, allowing senior members of the community to continue living among friends and with independence. As per the donor’s request, the senior living facility will be named in honor of Michael, and his exemplary leadership in the field.
Michael is active with many boards, both locally and on the national and international stage. He relishes volunteering his time as a “Sensitive Santa” for children with disabilities each holiday season at the gym.

Teaching independent living since 1972 - An overview of how the dream of two parents resulted in a lifetime of independence and happiness

A 90 minute informal didactic presentation with Q & A and a handout that provides an overview of a model program for transitioning adult to independent living. What are the various program offerings? What does independence mean? How is it determined, assessed and measured? Special needs areas to be addressed include autism, cognitive/intellectual disabilities and social disabilities including high functioning autism, PDD-NOS, and Asperger Syndrome.

Founded in 1972, Chapel Haven is a nationally accredited transitional living program and approved private special education school founded in 1972 in New Haven, Connecticut, with a mission of teaching adults with cognitive disabilities and social disabilities to live independent and productive lives. Chapel Haven has grown to serve more than 250 adults (18 years of age and older) in the residence and the community with three distinct programs; REACH, Asperger’s Syndrome Adult Transition (ASAT), and Chapel Haven West (Tucson, AZ).

15.00 – 15.15

Coffee break

15.15 – 16.15


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Types of support for adults on the autism spectrum. Presentations about Polish homecare communities for adults with autism.

Alina Perzanowska, MA

A therapeutic farming community for people with autism: “Farma Życia”

Małgorzata Rybicka, MA

The Homecare Community of the Aid Association for People with Autism

Alicja Hajto, MA

The foundation “Autism Up”

16.15 – 17.15


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Moderator: Magdalena Śmieja, PhD

Speakers: Laura Grofer Klinger, PhD, Alicja Hajto, MA,
Alina Perzanowska, MA, Małgorzata Rybicka, MA,
Dagmara Sendur, MA, Michael Storz, MBA, Jane Thierfeld Brown, EdD

Monday, September 25th – Workshops

9.00 – 9.30

Registration

9.30 – 11.00


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Workshops

11:00 – 11.15

Coffee break

11.15 – 12.45


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Workshops

12.45 – 13.45

Lunch break

13.45 – 15.15


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Workshops

15.15 – 15.30

Coffee break

15.30 – 17.00


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Debate: The functioning of people with ASD within school and university systems

Moderators: Magdalena Śmieja, PhD, Katarzyna Rybicka, MA

Speakers: Arkadiusz Białek, PhD, Maciej Bochyński, MA, Bożena Chrostowska, PhD, Joanna Czech-Rogosz, PhD, Beata Ignaczewska, MA, Magdalena Kosno, PhD, Agnieszka Kossowska, PhD,  Joanna Ławicka, PhD,  Ewa Łukowska, MA

17.00 – 17.15

Conference closing

Workshops for therapists

9.30 – 11.00

Peter F. Gerhardt, EdD

Peter F. Gerhardt, Ed.D., is the Executive Director of the EPIC School in Paramus, NJ.  Dr. Gerhardt has more than 35 years’ experience utilizing the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis in support of adolescents and adults with autism spectrum disorders in educational, employment, residential and community-based settings. He is the author or co-author on a number of articles and chapters on the needs of adolescents and adults with ASD and has presented nationally and internationally on this topic.  Dr. Gerhardt serves as Chairman of the Scientific Council for the Organization for Autism Research and is on numerous professional advisory boards including the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies.  He received his doctorate from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey’s Graduate School of Education.

Sexuality, sex education and individuals with ASD

Individuals with ASD are sexual beings. Human sexuality, however, is a generally under-researched area of behavior with regard to typical individuals resulting, unfortunately, in even less research (beyond descriptive) with regard to individuals on the autism spectrum. Add to that the social, cultural, and religious norms along with the legal restrictions that often govern the display sexual behavior and we have an area of intervention about which we have limited knowledge as to 1) the content of instruction in sex education, 2) the process of instruction or intervention in sex education, 3) the timing of intervention in sex education or, 4) the development of effective interventions to prevent sexual abuse. This workshop will provide an overview of the many of challenges associated with sexuality and sexuality education in ASD and provide recommendations as to the role applied behavior analysis (ABA) can play in this complex and important area.

Learner Objectives

On completion of this workshop participants will be able to:

1. Discuss a minimum of three challenges to effective sexuality education in ASD.

2. Discuss the importance safety education as part of sexuality education.

3. Understand the role discrimination training has in all of this.

11.15 – 12.45

Beata Ignaczewska, MA

Motivational systems in the therapeutic practice with people on the autism spectrum (workshop in Polish)

13.45 – 15.15

Arkadiusz Białek, PhD, Magdalena Kosno, PhD

Arkadiusz Białek, PhD

Magdalena Kosno, PhD

Joint attention and its role in human development (workshop in Polish)

Workshops for parents and people with ASD

9.30 – 11.00

Peter F. Gerhardt, EdD

Peter F. Gerhardt, Ed.D., is the Executive Director of the EPIC School in Paramus, NJ.  Dr. Gerhardt has more than 35 years’ experience utilizing the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis in support of adolescents and adults with autism spectrum disorders in educational, employment, residential and community-based settings. He is the author or co-author on a number of articles and chapters on the needs of adolescents and adults with ASD and has presented nationally and internationally on this topic.  Dr. Gerhardt serves as Chairman of the Scientific Council for the Organization for Autism Research and is on numerous professional advisory boards including the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies.  He received his doctorate from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey’s Graduate School of Education.

Sexuality, sex education and individuals with ASD

Individuals with ASD are sexual beings. Human sexuality, however, is a generally under-researched area of behavior with regard to typical individuals resulting, unfortunately, in even less research (beyond descriptive) with regard to individuals on the autism spectrum. Add to that the social, cultural, and religious norms along with the legal restrictions that often govern the display sexual behavior and we have an area of intervention about which we have limited knowledge as to 1) the content of instruction in sex education, 2) the process of instruction or intervention in sex education, 3) the timing of intervention in sex education or, 4) the development of effective interventions to prevent sexual abuse. This workshop will provide an overview of the many of challenges associated with sexuality and sexuality education in ASD and provide recommendations as to the role applied behavior analysis (ABA) can play in this complex and important area.

Learner Objectives

On completion of this workshop participants will be able to:

1. Discuss a minimum of three challenges to effective sexuality education in ASD.

2. Discuss the importance safety education as part of sexuality education.

3. Understand the role discrimination training has in all of this.

11.15 – 12.45

Michael Storz, MBA

Michael Storz is President of Chapel Haven Inc., overseeing programs in New Haven, CT and Tucson, Arizona, which teach people with autism spectrum disorders and those with mild cognitive disabilities the skills to live independently in the community. Each program focuses on employment, college success, recreation and leisure, social communicative competence, self-determination and independent living skills. Chapel Haven is a lifelong program serving more than 250 adults from across the U.S. and several countries.
Under Michael’s leadership, Chapel Haven has raised $35 million and begun implementing a $41 million capital campaign that positions Chapel Haven once again as a pioneer in serving adults with disabilities. Entitled “Chapel Haven: Continuing the Commitment,” Chapel Haven will transform its Westville campus and add a senior living facility, allowing senior members of the community to continue living among friends and with independence. As per the donor’s request, the senior living facility will be named in honor of Michael, and his exemplary leadership in the field.
Michael is active with many boards, both locally and on the national and international stage. He relishes volunteering his time as a “Sensitive Santa” for children with disabilities each holiday season at the gym.

Transitioning adults with ASD to independent living: An in-depth discussion of curriculum and curriculum-based assessment

A comprehensive overview of methodologies and how Chapel Haven implements best practices for adults with ASD transitioning into independent living. A detailed overview of its Transitioning Adults with ASD to Independent Living curriculum and its Curriculum Based Assessment will be discussed.

Founded in 1972, Chapel Haven is a nationally accredited transitional living program and approved private special education school founded in 1972 in New Haven, Connecticut, with a mission of teaching adults with cognitive disabilities and social disabilities to live independent and productive lives. Chapel Haven has grown to serve more than 250 adults (18 years of age and older) in the residence and the community with three distinct programs; REACH, Asperger’s Syndrome Adult Transition (ASAT), and Chapel Haven West (Tucson, AZ).

13.45 – 15.15

Joanna Ławicka, PhD

"How to help children and adolescents with ASD adjust to social life" (workshop in Polish)

Workshops for teachers

9.30 – 11.00

Beata Ignaczewska, MA

How to motivate a student on the autism spectrum (workshop in Polish)

11.15 – 12.45

Ewa Łukowska, MA

Methods and forms of teaching students on the autism spectrum (workshop in Polish)

13.45 – 15.15

Maciej Bochyński, MA

How to shape the social skills of people with autism? (workshop in Polish)

Workshops for academic teachers

9.30 – 11.00

Jane Thierfeld Brown, EdD

Jane Thierfeld Brown is  Assistant Clinical Professor at Yale Child Study, Yale Medical School,  Director of College Autism Spectrum and former Director of Student  Services at the University of Connecticut School of Law. She has worked in Disability Services for 37 years. She holds an Ed.D from Columbia University, Teachers College. Dr. Brown consults  with many families, students, school districts and institutions of higher education.  Dr. Brown has appeared on Good Morning America, CBS News and NPR. She has co- authored “ Student with Asperger’s: A Guide for College Professionals,” (2009) Published in Japanese 2017,  “The Parent’s Guide to College for Students on the Autism Spectrum,” (2012) and “Behavior Management and Self-Regulation,” (2012) along with many textbook chapters and articles.  Dr. Brown is married and has three children, the youngest being a 25 year old son with Autism.

College students with autism/Asperger’s in the classroom

As the population of students with Autism increases our campuses must be prepared to address the needs and possible issues. This session will discuss autism and some symptoms; strategies for classroom management; reasonable accommodations and access versus eligibility. We will have time for questions about specific issues.

11.15 – 12.45

Bożena Chrostowska, PhD

How to support students on the autism spectrum. A practical guide for instructors and students. (workshop in Polish)

13.45 – 15.15

Ewa Łukowska, MA

Students on the autism spectrum (workshop in Polish)

Speakers

Bożena Chrostowska, PhD

Arkadiusz Białek, PhD

Maciej Bochyński, MA

Jane Thierfeld Brown, EdD

Jane Thierfeld Brown is  Assistant Clinical Professor at Yale Child Study, Yale Medical School,  Director of College Autism Spectrum and former Director of Student  Services at the University of Connecticut School of Law. She has worked in Disability Services for 37 years. She holds an Ed.D from Columbia University, Teachers College. Dr. Brown consults  with many families, students, school districts and institutions of higher education.  Dr. Brown has appeared on Good Morning America, CBS News and NPR. She has co- authored “ Student with Asperger’s: A Guide for College Professionals,” (2009) Published in Japanese 2017,  “The Parent’s Guide to College for Students on the Autism Spectrum,” (2012) and “Behavior Management and Self-Regulation,” (2012) along with many textbook chapters and articles.  Dr. Brown is married and has three children, the youngest being a 25 year old son with Autism.

Katarzyna Chawarska, PhD

Dr. Katarzyna Chawarska is an associate professor of Child Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the Yale University School of Medicine and currently serves as the chair of the Autism Speaks Baby Siblings Research Consortium. As a clinical psychologist, Dr. Chawarska directs the Toddler Developmental Disabilities Clinic, a multi-disciplinary clinic that specializes in the early diagnosis of ASD; as a developmental scientist, she leads the Yale Early Social Cognition Laboratory, an interdisciplinary lab with the goal of decoding the complex processes that underlie typical and atypical development in visual social cognition during early childhood. Dr. Chawarska’s research interests include investigation into early markers and predictors of outcome in Autism Spectrum Disorders, studies of early social and affective development behavioral, neurobehavioral and psychophysical techniques, and examining variation in syndrome expression to better understand autism at the level of the individual.  She is strongly dedicated to training of the next generation of clinicians and researchers in the field of developmental disabilities as well as promoting early detection of ASD both nationally and internationally.  Dr. Chawarska is a Principal Investigator on numerous federally and privately funded grants as well as the lead author on multiple publications on prodromal and early syndromal stages of ASD.

Peter F. Gerhardt, EdD

Peter F. Gerhardt, Ed.D., is the Executive Director of the EPIC School in Paramus, NJ.  Dr. Gerhardt has more than 35 years’ experience utilizing the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis in support of adolescents and adults with autism spectrum disorders in educational, employment, residential and community-based settings. He is the author or co-author on a number of articles and chapters on the needs of adolescents and adults with ASD and has presented nationally and internationally on this topic.  Dr. Gerhardt serves as Chairman of the Scientific Council for the Organization for Autism Research and is on numerous professional advisory boards including the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies.  He received his doctorate from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey’s Graduate School of Education.

Beata Ignaczewska, MA

Laura Grofer Klinger, PhD

Laura Grofer Klinger, Ph.D. is the Executive Director of the University of North Carolina TEACCH Autism Program and an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Klinger is a licensed clinical psychologist with more than 23 years of experience in the assessment and treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders across the lifespan. Dr. Klinger consults to school systems, universities, and employment programs internationally about best practices for supporting the transition to adulthood including supports for employment and postsecondary education. She serves on a variety of community advisory boards including Sesame Street (initiative to increase ASD awareness), Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina (supporting their development of an insurance policy for individuals with ASD), and Extraordinary Ventures (a Chapel-Hill based employment program for adults with ASD). Her research includes the study of learning differences in individuals with ASD and the development of community-based intervention programs to promote successful adolescent transition programs to support positive adult outcomes.

Magdalena Kosno, PhD

Joanna Ławicka, PhD

Ewa Łukowska, MA

Michael Storz, MBA

Michael Storz is President of Chapel Haven Inc., overseeing programs in New Haven, CT and Tucson, Arizona, which teach people with autism spectrum disorders and those with mild cognitive disabilities the skills to live independently in the community. Each program focuses on employment, college success, recreation and leisure, social communicative competence, self-determination and independent living skills. Chapel Haven is a lifelong program serving more than 250 adults from across the U.S. and several countries.
Under Michael’s leadership, Chapel Haven has raised $35 million and begun implementing a $41 million capital campaign that positions Chapel Haven once again as a pioneer in serving adults with disabilities. Entitled “Chapel Haven: Continuing the Commitment,” Chapel Haven will transform its Westville campus and add a senior living facility, allowing senior members of the community to continue living among friends and with independence. As per the donor’s request, the senior living facility will be named in honor of Michael, and his exemplary leadership in the field.
Michael is active with many boards, both locally and on the national and international stage. He relishes volunteering his time as a “Sensitive Santa” for children with disabilities each holiday season at the gym.

Fred R. Volkmar, MD

Fred R. Volkmar, M.D. is Irving B. Harris Professor of Child Psychiatry, Pediatrics, and Psychology at the Yale University Child Study Center, 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 several hundred scientific papers and chapters as well as a number of books about autism. He has served as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, and the American Journal of Psychiatry. He currently serves as Editor of the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. He has 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 he also served as director of autism research at Yale before becoming chairperson of the Department. Dr. Volkmar has been the principal investigator of three program project 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.

Location

Institute of Psychology, Jagiellonian University (Instytut Psychologii)
Ingardena Street 6 (ul. Ingardena 6)
The lectures and workshops will be held in the Institute of Psychology at the Jagiellonian University, located near to both Jordan Park and Błonia Park. The facade of the building is adorned with a motif representing the neural connections of the human brain. The building’s modern lecture rooms are equipped with the newest multimedia technology. The building is easy to reach as it is not far from the Main Market Square (it is near to Trzech Wieszczów Avenue).

On Saturday, all of the conference participants are invited to a conference dinner arranged at the Institute of Psychology at the Jagiellonian University.

Registration

The amount of the conference fee depends on two factors:

  • participation in workshops (lectures or lectures + workshops),
  • the time of submission (early or late)

Early payment is considered those received on or before September 4th, 2017.
Late payments should be made on or before September 18th, 2017

If a participant chooses to attend only the lectures (on Saturday and Sunday) but not the workshops, the fee includes:

  • participation in the lectures
  • conference materials
  • simultaneous translation
  • coffee breaks on September 23rd and 24th
  • lunch breaks on September 23rd and 24th
  • the conference dinner on September 23rd

If a participant chooses to attend both the lectures (on Saturday and Sunday) and the workshops (on Monday), the fee includes:

  • participation in the workshops on September 25th
  • participation in the lectures
  • conference materials
  • simultaneous translation
  • coffee breaks on September 23rd, 24th and 25th
  • lunch breaks on September 23rd and 24th
  • the conference dinner on September 23rd

If the participant is a person with ASD or a parent of a child with ADS, the fee includes:
participation in the workshops on September 25rd

  • participation in the lectures
  • conference materials
  • simultaneous translation
  • coffee breaks on September 23rd, 24th and 25th
  • lunch breaks on September 23rd and 24th
  • the conference dinner on September 23rd

The number of workshop participants is limited!

 EARLY FEE (1st May – 4th September) LATE FEE (5th September – 18th September)
Participation in lectures
(Saturday, Sunday)

530,00 PLN

620,00 PLN

Participation in lectures and workshops (Saturday, Sunday, Monday)

750,00 PLN

840,00 PLN

Parent/Participant with ASD

390,00 PLN

390,00 PLN

 

Cancellation policy:

Unfortunately, the conference organizers are not able to refund the conference fees once payment has been made.

Conference registration is being managed by the Department of Communications and Marketing at the Jagiellonian University. Feel free to contact them with any questions you might have:

e-mail: konferencje@uj.edu.pl (Please, add the word AUTISM in the e-mail title)

phone: +48 12 663 23 60

Organizer

Scientific Committee

  • Katarzyna Chawarska, Ph.D. – Head of the Committee
  • Przemysław Bąbel, Ph.D.
  • Marta Białecka-Pikul, Ph.D.
  • Magdalena Śmieja, Ph.D.

Organizing Committee

  • Magdalena Śmieja, Ph.D. – Head of the Committee
  • Elżbieta Anita Bajcar, Ph.D.
  • Przemysław Bąbel, Ph.D.
  • Marta Białecka-Pikul, Ph.D.
  • Karolina Dukała, Ph.D.
  • Kamila Fołta, MA
  • Magdalena Kosno, Ph.D.

Honourable Committee

  • Professor Tadeusz Gałkowski
  • Professor Maria Kielar-Turska
  • Professor Władysław Łosiak
  • Alina Perzanowska
  • Professor Władysława Pilecka
  • Professor Ewa Pisula
  • Małgorzata Rybicka

Supporting Entities

Faculty of Health Sciences  – Collegium Medicum UJ is the partner of the conference

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Polskie Stowarzyszenie Terapii Behawioralnej

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Fundacja Autyzm Up

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Harimata

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Centrum Autyzmu

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Disability Support Service of the Jagiellonian University

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DrOmnibus

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Media Patronage

90 RK logo patronat GRANAT

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Contact

Registration and questions thereof are handled by the Jagiellonian University Department of Communications and Marketing – Conferences at:

e-mail: konferencje@uj.edu.pl
Please, add the word AUTISM in the e-mail title.

phone: +48 12 663 23 60