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September 2011


In This Issue
Affordable luxury at the Las Vegas HIlton
Free CME Webcast with Dr. Martha Herbert now online
Conference discounts still available
9-11 Tribute: Katherine McGarry Noack
Editorial: Science the ARI Way
Expanded continuing education options: AOTA CEU now available for Las Vegas conference
Puzzle Piece Campaign Update
Events in the Community

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Fall 2011 Conference

October 13-16   
Las Vegas Hilton  

Practitioner Seminars, General, Nutrition & Science Sessions


Win an iPad at our Networking Party Saturday Oct. 15th!




Spring 2012 Conference 

Level 1 & 2 Practitioner Seminars, General, Nutrition & Science Sessions
New York/New Jersey 

April 26-29
Registration opens
in early January
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Affordable luxury: Join us at the Las Vegas Hilton for $95 a night

The conference will take place in the newly remodeled Las Vegas Hilton. The Autism Research Institute has negotiated a block of special discounted room rates of $95 per night. You must  register early to take advantage of this special rate.


The Las Vegas Hilton is conveniently located minutes from McCarran International Airport. Guests have easy access to the Las Vegas Convention Center and the Strip via the Monorail station linked to the property. The Hilton offers complimentary Self-Parking and easy access to local attractions. Learn more


Free Online Webcast with CME: Autism as a Multisystem, Whole-Body Disorder


herbertVisit the ARI Conference site for a free preview of Martha Herbert, M.D., Ph.D.'s introduction to environmental factors and autism.  


Professionals can earn free Continuing Medical Education Credit for watching this educational activity. Watch now


Dr. Herbert is a Pediatric Neurologist at the Massachusetts General Hospital of Harvard Medical School in Boston, a brain development researcher at the Harvard-MIT-MGH Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, and the Director of the TRANSCEND Research Program (Treatment Research And NeuroSCience Evaluation of NeuroDevelopmental Disorders). She is a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of Autism Speaks. Learn More  


'Buddy Rates' & Angel funds still available  

We've brought back our popular "Buddy Pass" rates exclusively for 

online registrants 

for a limited time.

Pre-register a group of two or more online to attend a General, Science or Diet Session, then add as many friends as you want for the sessions they want, and you'll all save 25% on your registration. REGISTER NOW


Note: 25% Discount does not apply to practitioner seminars, fees for continuing education credits, printed books or special events. Discount is automatically applied at checkout when you register online.



We also offer a variety of financial support options including free attendance for volunteers on days they help (Sunday slots are still available), and Angel Fund discounts for those in financial need. Angel funds and volunteer options are limited and offered on a first-come/first-served basis. See  Parent/Caregiver Rates for details.
We also have a limited number of volunteer slots for licensed health care providers in our demonstration room, teaching hands-on support in exchange for free admission and CME at the Saturday and Sunday Science sessions. Email our Demonstration Room Coordinator for more information.

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From the Director:  


Volunteers and staff at Autism Research Institute are planning the next ARI conference -- a first for us, it will be held in Las Vegas. It's relatively inexpensive to fly and to stay there, so I hope you will consider joining us for three days full of direction and hope.


ARI's Edgeware Gallery has opened a new show titled 'All Things Considered.' The art exhibit features works by Anthony Isaac, Ryan Dean, and Mark Rimland. (I even have a couple of pieces in the show.) Proceeds from the sales of both originals and prints fund research to develop and validate effective treatments for people on the autism spectrum. To learn more about Edgeware Gallery and the current show, visit: 


Take care,

Steve Edelson, PhD 

Executive Director,

Autism Research Institute

We are reissuing last year's tribute to 9-11 in which the family of Katherine McGarry-Noack, the aunt of a child on the spectrum, asked for donations in her honor be made to the Autism Research Institute.

10 years later: ARI remembers Katherine McGarry-Noack and her family


noackThis year marks the 10th anniversary of the September 11 catastrophe, and ARI would like to take this moment to honor the memory of Katherine McGarry-Noack, who was killed in the attacks on the World Trade Center in 2001. Katherine was both aunt and godmother to an autistic boy and, as her mother Kathryn said in a recent interview, "loved her godchild very much." In the midst of their great loss, the family asked that any donations in Katherine's memory be sent to ARI. Since then, we have held Katherine and her family in our hearts, and we see this photo portrait of her hanging in the office every day we come in for work.   

Make a donation in Katherine's memory 

Editorial: Science the ARI Way

By Stephen M. Edelson, PhD, an excerpt from the latest edition of the ARI's Autism Research Review International   


researchDr. Bernard Rimland established the Autism Research Institute (ARI) in 1967 to conduct and sponsor scientific research on the underlying causes of autism, and on effective treatments for the common co-morbid medical problems. Dr. Rimland's visionary work set forth a clear path for the future-to develop a collaborating network of researchers, clinicians, and families.

In the "early days" of autism, parents were given little or no hope regarding their child's prognosis; the usual recommendation was institutionalization. However, several dedicated people, including Drs. Ivar Lovaas, Eric Schopler, and Ruth Sullivan, along with Rimland, were responsible for building a foundation, based on science, indicating that autism was indeed treatable.

When Dr. Rimland began his 50-year career in the field of autism, he was astounded and dismayed that almost all professionals blamed parents for causing their child's autism even though there was no objective evidence to support this conjecture. Dr. Rimland then wrote a groundbreaking book in 1964 entitled Neural Theory of Behavior 

Concurrently, Carl Ferster at the Indiana University Medical Center was beginning to use behavior modification with children on the spectrum, with positive outcomes. His techniques were later improved and expanded upon by Ivar Lovaas at The University of California at Los Angeles.

I was fortunate to have known Dr. Rimland for over 30 years, and to have worked closely with him for twenty. Because we both received our doctoral degrees in Experimental Psychology, many of our conversations dealt with various aspects of research.  

Read the entire article "Science the ARI Way" online 

Spread the word: ARI Conference has expanded continuing education options for professionals

As part of our ongoing effort to educate the community about effective treatments, we have expanded our continuing education options for professionals serving the autism community. Please let professionals know about these exciting new opportunities, including:   



The American Occupational Therapy Association approved ARI's fall conference general, science and nutrition sessions for continuing education units. Learners pay daily rates plus a $25 fee for CEUs. 

Learn more


The Nevada State Board of Education has approved the ARI Fall Conference for 1.5 renewal credits to educators who attend. Certificates will be issued at the conference - you can sign up when you pre-register online. Learners pay daily fees - there is no charge for the certificate.  

Learn More


The National Association of Social Workers has approved ARI's general, science and nutrition sessions for continuing education units. Participants pay daily rates plus a $35 fee for CEUs.  

Learn More     


UNLV Continuing Education has approved ARI's general, science and nutrition sessions for continuing education units. Participants pay daily rates plus a $35 fee for CEUs.  
Learn More


The American Dietetics Association has approved the practitioner seminars for Continuing Education Credits.

Learn More


The American Medical Association has approved the practitioner seminars and the Science Sessions for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ (CME).  Learn More


springfieldKick off the school year with a new awareness campaign to support ARI

We've reached a wonderful milestone this month with a total of $126,345.55 in donations for the Puzzle Pieces!  Let's keep the momentum going - now's the perfect time to request your puzzle pieces and start your campaign.  

Request Puzzle Pieces 

Read Campaign Success Stories  


The Success Stories keep coming in:  

I am a Special Education Teacher working with students with autism. My students (pictured above) worked diligently to sell puzzle pieces. We sold them to our families and friends, and, during lunches, to other students. We put a gift basket together to raffle off. Those who purchased a puzzle piece received a raffle ticket with a chance to win a video game and other treats. We even went on our school TV station to promote Autism Awareness. It was fun!  We sold 138 puzzle pieces - Good luck - we enjoyed helping out to reach one million dollars - keep us posted.  







Events in the Community ...

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Fall 2011 ARI Conference 

DATES: Oct. 13-16

Follow the latest science on evidence-based medical treatments for ASD. Level 1 & 2 Practitioner Seminars,
Parent, Diet, Adult, & Science Sessions


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Book your hotel room now for just $95 per night 



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DATE: October 1 

LOCATION: Musser Auditorium
Penn State Great Valley
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