2016 Autism Institute Higher Education Professional Development Conference

University Hall
8:00 am

Higher Education Professional Development Conference
Saturday, April 9, 2016 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Gwynedd Mercy University
1325 Sumneytown Pike, Gwynedd Valley, PA 19437

Registration begins at 8 a.m. 
Continental breakfast and lunch included
PQAS credits granted for all workshops

Register here!

Despite adequate cognitive ability for academic success in college many individuals on the autism spectrum find post-secondary education an insurmountable hill to climb. Often gaining admission without ever identifying themselves as individuals with autism/Asperger’s those students go unnoticed by their professors until their sensory, social, learning styles and organizational challenges combined with fatigue,
cause them to fail. (US Autism and Asperger Association, 2013)

Workshop Breakout Sessions

Session 1: 9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m 

Anxiety in Autism Spectrum Disorder: From Brain Mechanisms to Treatment
Presenter: John Herrington, PhD, CHOP

Dr. Herrington is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also the Associate Director of the Developmental Neuroimaging Laboratory at CHOP’s Center for Autism Research. His research focuses on the neurobiology of social and emotional functions in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), with a particular emphasis on co-occurring anxiety disorders. His clinical work focuses on psychotherapy for anxiety disorders, and on neuropsychological and psychodiagnostic assessment.

Session 2: 10:45 a.m.- 12:15 p.m. 

The Student on the Spectrum in the University Classroom
Facilitator: Wade Luquet, PhD

Wade Luquet, MSW, PhD is associate professor and program coordinator of the human services degree program at Gwynedd Mercy University. He is the author of Short-Term Couples Therapy: The Imago Model in Action as well as numerous articles and book chapters on couples therapy, social work, and pedagogical techniques. Dr. Luquet maintains a private practice in marriage and family therapy in North Wales, Pa.

Lunch 12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. - University Hall

Session 3: 1:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. 

The Legal Responsibilities of the Faculty to the Student on the Spectrum
Presenters: Kent Conway, Esq. and Nathan Schadler, Esq. of Conway Schadler, LLC

Mr. Conway, a Temple University’s Beasley School of Law graduate, joined a prestigious international firm focusing on civil litigation after graduation. Mr. Conway has a wide range of legal experience, both in and out of the Courtroom, dealing with individuals with disabilities. Currently, he sits on the Board of Indian Creek Foundation, a non-profit organization focused on helping mentally disabled members of our society.

Mr. Schadler graduated from Duquesne University School of Law before entering the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office. During his time as a prosecutor Mr. Schadler was cross-sworn as a Special Assistant United States Attorney under Project Safe Neighborhood. Mr. Schadler has extensive experience in trial and courtroom litigation. Mr. Schadler has been repeated recognized by law enforcement for his
trial skill and courtroom results.