By Kim Robinson-
The International Center for Autism Research and Education (ICare4Autism) is a New York-based charitable organization, founded in 2004 to catalyze breakthrough innovations in autism research, diagnosis and treatment, is presenting a unique opportunity for leading researchers, clinicians, educators and policymakers from all over the world to share their latest findings in Autism at the International Autism Conference in Jerusalem, Israel on August 1st and 2nd in 2012. This two day conference is a global, cross-disciplinary gathering that will play a vital role in speeding up the development of improved methods of Autism detection, treatment and government policy that are urgently needed by those affected by autism and their families. Dr. Joshua Weinstein, CEO & Founder of ICare4Autism explains, "We have entered a new age of autism, characterized on the one hand by unprecedented incidence, and on the other by advanced research, earlier diagnosis, and progressively more effective intervention. The evidence is clear- autism and hope are no longer mutually exclusive, but the need for action has never been more urgent." Professionals, students and families are encouraged to attend, as there is something here for all members of the Autism community to take home from this conference. To register for the conference and to view a complete list of guest speakers, please visit http://www.icare4autism.org/events/2012-international-autism-conference/
Recently, Jerusalem's Mayor Nir Barkat invited ICare4Autism to create the world's first global autism center on a five-acre site adjoining the Hebrew University Campus on Mt. Scopus. This invitation comes at a time when we are confronted by nothing less than a worldwide autism crisis, which is growing exponentially. Attendees of ICare4Autism's International conference in August will have the opportunity to tour the campus of our Global Autism Center inJerusalem, Israel, which is scheduled to open in 2015. The first of its kind, this center will be revolutionary as it will enable the global Autism community to have a working space to collaborate in. The Center's four core program elements are the ICare4Autism Research Institute, ICare4Autism Model School, ICare4Autism Academy and the ICare4Autism Foundation.
The ICare4Autism Research Institute will organize and synthesize autism-related information worldwide, create a global platform to foster investigative collaboration between medical, academic and educational institutions and conduct its own independent research, with an initial focus on genetic research and early detection. Dr. Joshua Weinstein states that "our goal is to become the catalyst that drives collaborations among similar institutions globally to discover the etiology of autism, search for biologic and environmental causes, and, ultimately, work toward better methods of detection and treatment."
The ICare4Autism Model School is a state-of-the-art educational center designed to meet the special needs of students between the ages of 18 months and 21 years with Asperger Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorder and PDD. TheICare4Autism Academy will provide advanced autism education to physicians, educators and therapists, expanding the range of globally available treatment options and helping to raise standards of therapeutic practice. TheICare4Autism Foundation will use the Center's resources to engage and empower an interdisciplinary global community of autism researchers, educators and advocates.
Kim Robinson is the Director of Operations at ICare4Autism