POSTPONED: Autism Spectrum Conference

Together We Can Make a Difference


Mary G. Hardin Center for Cultural Arts
501 Broad Street, Gadsden, AL 35901

Tickets previously purchased will be honored when the new date is set.

This conference is a partnership between the Gadsden Cultural Arts Foundation, Mamta Mishra author of Autism: Our Journey and Finding Happiness, Gadsden Regional Medical Center, and Gadsden City Schools.

Target audience:  the community, teachers, parents/caregivers, doctors, nurse practitioners, first responders, and individuals with autism 

Mission: To bring autism awareness in the community, the first step to acceptance and therefore inclusion in the real sense.

Gadsden Regional Medical Center designates this live activity for a maximum of 5 AMA PRA Category 1Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Gadsden Regional Medical Center is accredited by the Medical Association of the State of Alabama to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Gadsden City Schools awards “Together We Can Make A Difference” 1st Annual Autism Conference with 6 contact hours of instruction (CEU). It is accredited to teachers and to education professionals.

The conference is $35 in advance and $40 the day of the conference. CEU / CME certificates will be issued to whom they apply.

You must enter your card billing address correctly to use the online registration system.

Conference Schedule:

7:00 am to 7:45 am             Registration and Breakfast

7:45 to 7:50 am                    Convene

7:50 to 8:00 am                    Tom Banks, Executive Director,
Gadsden Cultural Arts Foundation, welcome

8:00 to 9:00 am                    Mamta Mishra, Master of Science in Education, Author “Autism: Our Journey and Finding Happiness”

9:00 to 9:15 am                    BREAK

9:15 to 10:15 am                   Dr. Benjamin Hester, M.D. Specialty/subspecialty: Pediatrics/ General Pediatrics Importance of early diagnosis and intervention in autism

10:15 to 10:25 am               Mr. Corey Ewing, CEO Gadsden Regional Medical Center, Services provided by the hospital for special needs individuals: OT, PT, speech, employment opportunities

10:25 to 10:40 am               BREAK

10:40 to 11:40 am               Dr. Larry Beard, E.D. Department of curriculum and instruction, JSU assistive technology and autism

11:40 am to 12:00 pm        Ms. Valerie Wheat, Assistant Director Center for Autism, JSU, Sharing information on Center for Autism at Jacksonville State University

12:00 to 1:15 pm                 Lunch break on your own

1:15 to 1:30 pm                   (sign in sheet for CEU attendees only)

1:30 to 2:00 pm              Chief Alan J. Martin (Fire department) “How to deal with safety issues for individuals with autism in emergency situations”

2:00 to 2:30 pm                    Deputy Chief Philip Roberson (police department) “How to deal with safety for individuals with autism in emergency situations”

2:30 to 2:40 pm                    Beautiful Rainbow, Mr. Chip Rowen

2:40 to 3:40 pm                    Panel:

Psychologist: W. Jeff Bryson, Ph.D.; Special education teacher: Ms. Kim Haynes; Special education teacher and parent: Mamta Mishra; Professor: Dr. Larry Beard JSU; Ms. Valerie Wheat, JSU; First Responders: Chief Alan J. Martin and Philip Roberson; Parent: Rhonda West Davis; Sibling: Eeisha

3:40 to 4:00 pm                    Evaluations and certificates

Sponsored by Doctors MedCare, River Bank and Trust, Dr. Ben Hester, and Elisabeth Hardin.