Autism Consultant Valerie Herskowitz Retains NewsMark Public Relations to Herald the Autism Support Village and Launch of

Wednesday, February 20, 2008 General News J E 4
BOCA RATON, Fla., Feb. 19 NewsMark Public Relations todayannounced it has been retained by leading speech pathologist and autismconsultant Valerie Herskowitz to publicize the national expansion of hercomputer-based intervention for families coping with the challenges of autismand other developmental disabilities.

"We expect a great deal of interest in the results of Valerie's extensiveresearch into the latest special needs technologies," said NewsMark PR CEOMark Hopkinson. "Reception to her latest lecture at the 'Autism Through theLifespan' conference in Orlando just this past week has been a usefulindicator of the kind of compelling platform she commands."

With the CDC's most recent numbers reporting that one person in every 150suffers from autism, Herskowitz believes an entire generation of childrenchallenged with the disease are reaching the adolescent stage of their livesand becoming young adults with autism.

"Technology is key to maximizing their future independence," Herskowitzsaid. "By teaching children with autism how to utilize technology, we cantruly capitalize on their strengths and set the stage for the real possibilityof future independence."

Herskowitz's research on specialized software programs for use in teachingskills to a special needs population include technological advances designedto equip the special needs home of the future.

She is President of non-profit the National Autism Registry and serves onthe advisory board of US Autism & Asperger Association. The founder of theDimensions Therapy Center which provides private therapy services and specialevents 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. Herskowitz's professional journey as a therapist and parentof a child with autism has combined to present her with unique insights inhelping other families.Her youngest son, Blake, was diagnosed with autism in 1993. MEDIA CONTACT: Mark Hopkinson NewsMark Public Relations 561-852-5767

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