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Autism, Learning Disabilities and ADHD Experts Convene at the Help Group Summit
Date:9/24/2008

rate. The Summit is a unique forum that brings together an extraordinary group of thought leaders in the field to share their knowledge and expertise," said Dr. Firestone.

This year's Summit features nationally renowned experts including, Michael Arnot, MPA, Margaret L. Bauman, M.D., Jan Blacher, Ph.D., Michael G. Chez, M.D., Glen Dunlap, Ph.D., Peter F. Gerhardt, Ed.D., Robert L. Hendren, D.O., Connie Kasari, Ph.D., Michele D. Kipke, Ph.D., Martin L. Kutscher, M.D., Elizabeth Laugeson, Psy.D., Alan M. Leslie, Ph.D., Philip Levin, Ph.D. Enrique López, Psy.D., Sandra Loo, Ph.D., Catherine Lord, Ph.D., Maureen W. Lovett, Ph.D., Areva D. Martin, Esq., Irene Martinez, MSW, Maja J. Mataric', Ph.D., Sara McCracken, Psy.D., Istvan Molnar-Szakacs, Ph.D., Janiece Turnbull, Ph.D., Derek A. Ott, M.D., Emily Rubin, MS, CCC-SLP, and Louis Vismara, M.D.

During the luncheon program, Dr. Louis Vismara, Policy Consultant to Senate President pro Tem, Don Perata will receive The Help Group's Autism Heroes Award in recognition of his heartfelt commitment to children and families living with autism and his extraordinary efforts on their behalf. Dr. Vismara is the parent of a son with an autism spectrum disorder and is one of the 38 families highlighted in Dr. Barbara Firestone's highly acclaimed and award winning book, Autism Heroes: Portraits of Families Meeting the Challenge.

The Help Group will present this year's Champion for Children Award to the Grammy Foundation in appreciation of its far reaching efforts to educate through music that have enriched the lives of so many children. The Grammy Foundation recently funded an innovative research initiative led by Dr. Istvan Molnar-Szakacs, through The Help Group - UCLA Autism Research Alliance to explore and better understand how the brain processes emotion in children with autism.

ABC7 will receive The Help Group's Media Excellence Award, established to recognize individuals and/o
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