A Sneak Peek Into the Special Needs Home of Tomorrow - Renowned Autism Consultant Valerie Herskowitz to Present Latest Findings at 'Autism Through the Lifespan' Conference February 14-17 in Orlando

Thursday, February 14, 2008 General News J E 4
ORLANDO, Fla., Feb. 13 Leading speechpathologist and autism consultant Valerie Herskowitz will present her findingson the latest special needs technologies at the "Autism Through the Lifespan"conference to be held Feb 14-17 in Orlando.

"The future is now for an entire generation of children challenged withautism, reaching the adolescent stage of their lives and becoming young adultswith autism. Technology is the key to maximizing their future independence.By teaching children with autism how to utilize technology, we are not onlyarming them with tools to capitalize on their present successes, but settingthe stage for the real possibility of future independence," Herskowitz said.

Technological advances designed to equip the special needs home of thefuture include Herskowitz's research on specialized software programs for usein teaching skills to a special needs population.

"From devices that use robotics to perform housekeeping activities, to asimple mirror that reminds you of your appointments, I envision communitieswhere adults with developmental disabilities can live and work together in asupported environment of homes equipped with state-of-the-art advances forspecial needs," Herskowitz added.

Herskowitz is President of non-profit the National Autism Registry andserves on the advisory board of US Autism & Asperger Association. The founderof the Dimensions Therapy Center which provides private therapy services andspecial events around the South Florida area for families with special needs,Herskowitz is expanding her computer-based intervention for families on anational scale by establishing a "global autism support village" throughpodcasts, webcasts and other cyber tools at .

Herskowitz's career as a speech pathologist spans some 30 years. Arecipient of the Stevie Lifetime Achievement Award for her work with autisticand special needs children; she has also been honored for starting twoinnovative community programs, Mothers of Special Needs Individuals (MOSI) andthe Family Club. Her youngest son, Blake, was diagnosed in 1993 with autism.Herskowitz's professional journey as a therapist and parent of a child withautism has combined to present her with unique insights in helping otherfamilies.MEDIA CONTACT: Mark Hopkinson NewsMark Public Relations 561-852-5767

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