Books & Books Coral Gables Second Annual Autism Awareness Forum

Co-Sponsored by UM-NSU CARD, attend autism forum and panel discussion.

Coral Gables (March 20, 2010) — Books & Books Coral Gables presents their Second Annual Autism Awareness Forum to Kick Off National Autism Awareness Month takes place on March 29 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Books & Books Coral Gables, 265 Aragon Avenue Coral Gables, FL.

Do you have questions about autism? Interested in knowing the early warning signs in childhood development? Want to know what it is like growing up with Autism? Join us for an evening with some very special guest that will answer all your questions and share their life experiences with you.

Autism Forum Panelists will include: Jennifer Stella-Durocher, PhD., Assistant Director UM-NSU CARD; Lula Folgos, Executive Director of Miami-Dade Chapter Autism Speaks; Haley Moss, author of Middle School: The Stuff Nobody Tells You About – A Teenage Girl with High Functioning Autism Shares Her
Experiences and Benjamin Lebish, Financial Services Professional for Mass Mutual Financial Group, specializing in financial planning for individuals with disabilities. The evening will be moderated by Books & Books own, Jennifer Eldredge-Bird mother of 2 children with autism.

Books & Books is proud to support UM-NSU CARD and Autism Speak. On March 29th, 2010 from 6pm to 9pm Books & Books will donate 10% of the evening’s sales to UM-NSU CARD and Autism Speaks.
Please note that the event is open to the community, but child care will not be provided. Parents are asked to use their discretion. For additional information, please contact Jennifer Eldredge-Bird at Books & Books 305-442-4408 or email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or Natalee George Thornburgh at UM-NSU CARD 305-284-5901 email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

UM-NSU CARD is a South Florida non-profit organization, committed to providing FREE family support, outreach, and educational support services to children and adults of all levels of intellectual functioning who have Autism Spectrum Disorders. The Center provides services for over 5,100 families throughout Miami-Dade, Broward, and Monroe Counties. Services include family support, technical assistance and consultation, parent and professional training programs, and public education activities. The center supports research in a variety of disciplines to better understand the causes and potential treatments for the disorder.

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The UM-NSU Center for Autism and Related Disabilities, housed in the University of Miami Department of Psychology and Nova Southeastern University Programs in Speech, Language, Communication Sciences and Disorders, is a state-funded resource and support program dedicated to improving the lives of individuals with autism and related disabilities including deaf-blindness and pervasive developmental disorders. http://www.umcard.org


The University of Miami’s mission is to educate and nurture students, to create knowledge, and to provide service to our community and beyond. Committed to excellence and proud of the diversity of our University family, we strive to develop future leaders of our nation and the world. http://www.miami.edu.


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University of Miami’s mission is to educate and nurture students, to create knowledge, and to provide service to our community and beyond. Committed to excellence and proud of our diversity of our University family, we strive to develop future leaders of our nation and the world.