Autism Awareness was the focus of a day-long Centralia conference held Friday, September 23, 2011 at the Church of the Nazarene.  The conference was sponsored by the Lewis County Autism Coalition and Families Forward.

Parents and professionals gathered to learn the early signs of autism, best practices and community resources, and practical tips on living with autism.  Keynote speaker was Dr. Wendy Stone, Director of the University of Washington Autism Center in Seattle.  Morning panels featured parents, school and health providers; followed by afternoon workshops with local and statewide presenters.

Below are documents presented at the conference:

Dr. Wendy Stone keynote address:

Dr. Glenn Tripp workshop presentation:

Sharron Feucht workshop presentation and handouts:

Diana Stadden workshop presentation:

Suzanne Partridge workshop presentation:

Cyndi Cooley workshop presentation:

The Conference packet had copies of a Road Map to autism resources in Lewis County.  These documents (in English and Spanish) can be downloaded here.

The Lewis County Autism Coalition promotes awareness and resources that enable individuals to make informed decisions that will improve the quality of life for people with Autism and Asperger Syndrome, their families and their community.  The Coalition is comprised of parents and family members, educators from local school districts, health and mental health professionals, physicians, early childhood specialists, and social service professionals.  For more information contact Mary Chmelik at (360) 736-9147 or chmelikarnp@popeskidsplace.org