International Autism Conference
Pathways to an Inclusive Life

International Autism Conference
February 22-24, 2018

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    Early Bird registration ends on 15 th Jan, 2018

    Last date for Abstract Submission for paper presentations: Jan. 10, 2018


Day 1 – 23rd Feb, 2018

Time Sessions Topic
8:00am Registration  
8:30am Refreshments  
9:00am Conference Keynote
Dr. Prathibha Karanth, India
  Plenary Session I Topics
9:30 - 11:10am Early Childhood Education
Chairperson: Dr. G.F. Kerawalla
  Dr.Pradnya Gadgil, India
Keynote Speaker (30 mins)
Autism: A Neurologist’s Perspective
  Dr. Hanna Alonim, Israel
Invited speaker (40 mins)
Identification of autism in the first year of life
  Dr. Pranjal Sathe Kale, India
Invited speaker (30 mins)
Early Intervention: Nutrition and Medicine
11:30 – 1:00pm Inaugural Ceremony  
1:00 – 2:00 pm Lunch  
  Plenary Session II Topics
2:00 - 3:30pm Integrated and Inclusive Education
Chairperson: Dr. Sudesh Mukhopadhyay
  Ms. Dinaz Wadia, India
Keynote speaker (30 mins)
Trans-disciplinary Approach: the Disha Model
  Ms. Lama Alohali, Saudi Arabia
Invited speaker (30 mins)
Development of Social Communication: Focus on Family based Intervention
  Dr. Deepa Sundareswaran, Faculty, NIEPMD
Invited Speaker (30 mins)
Sensory processing and problem behaviour in children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
3:30 – 4:30 pm Tea / Coffee Poster Presentation  
4:30 – 5:30pm Paper presentations To be announced Moderator: Ms. Payal Adhikari, Mr. Karthikayan  


Day 2 – 24th Feb 2018

  Plenary Session III Topics
9:00am – 11:00 am Preparation for adulthood
Chairperson: Dr.Abhishek Srivastava
  Ms. Sampada Shevde, India
Keynote Speaker (30 mins)
Preparing Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Multiple Disabilities for Adulthood
  Ms. Kavita Sharma, India
Invited speaker (30 mins)
ICT: Creating Workforce of Persons with Autism
  Dr. K. Balabaskar
Invited speaker (30 mins)
To be Announced
  Ms. Pavitra Desai, India
Invited speaker (30 mins)
The When, What and How of Preparation into Adulthood
11:00 – 11:15 am Tea / Coffee  
  Plenary Session IV Topics
11:15 – 1:00pm Employment and Human Resource Development
Chairperson: Dr. Anuradha Sovani
  Dr. Rubina Lal, India
Keynote speaker (40 mins)
Teacher Preparation Programs in India: Focus on Autism
  Dr. Martina Schabert, Germany
Invited speaker (30 mins)
Sheltered Employment for Person with Autism: Making everyone productive
  Ms. Giselle Lobo, India
Invited Speaker (30 mins)
UDL: Creating a Dynamic Classroom
1:00 – 2:00pm Lunch  
  Plenary Session V Topics
2:00 – 4:00 pm Living within Community
Chairperson: Dr. Shaunak Ajinkya
  Ms. Bonnie Brown
Invited Speaker (30 mins)
To be Announced
  Ms. Marcelle Ciampi, USA
Invited Speaker (30 mins)
Living with Autism: Creation of a Neuro-divergent Community
  Mr. S. Naren, India
Invited Speaker (30 mins)
Planning for a Financially Secure Future
  Mr. Md. Mofijul Islam, Bangladesh
Invited Speaker (30 mins)
Capacity Building of persons with autism through living with family and Community
4.00 – 4.15 pm Tea/Coffee  
4.15 – 5.00 pm Paper Presentations
Moderators: Dr. Tanuja Prem, Ms. Chandali Doshi
To be announced
5.00 – 5:30 pm Valedictory
Dr. Himangshu Das Director, NIEPMD