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AutismLink Teams with North Allegheny for Free Autism Conference


PITTSBURGH, Sept. 19 -- AutismLink, a national support network and advocacy group for families dealing with autism spectrum disorders based in Pittsburgh, Pa., is teaming up with the North Allegheny School District in Pittsburgh to offer “Autism In the Classroom: Practical Strategies for Success,” a free conference for educators and paraprofessionals working with children with autism.

The full-day conference features nationally-renowned speakers Rebecca Moyes, and Dr. John McGonigle, whose topics will include social communication and social behavior deficits, academic accommodations, addressing behaviors in the classroom, and practical solutions for behaviors in the classroom.

Dr. McGonigle is an assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and has over 30 years of experience with children with disabilities. Rebecca Moyes, a former teacher, nationally-renowned speaker, consultant and author, is also the director of the New Kensington-based Allegheny Valley Institute for the Development of Learning (AVID).

AutismLink is a national support network for autism spectrum disorder based in Pittsburgh. “AutismLink feels it is very important to help local school districts and educators work with children with autism,” said Cindy Waeltermann, AutismLink director. “We strive to make our events free of charge or very low cost -- school districts already have ample financial stressors and the important thing is educating them on how to best help these children achieve their best chance for success. We’re not interested in making money by charging people fees for conferences, we’re interested in educating people about autism,” Waeltermann said.

North Allegheny administrators Dr. Arlene Wheat and Inclusion Facilitator Dennis Brayley have worked in conjunction with AutismLink to make the free event a reality. “Special thanks go to North Allegheny,” Waeltermann said. “They are committed to helping AutismLink reach school districts who need the help, but don’t necessarily have the funds to attend high-priced conferences.”

The event will be held from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 5, at Carson Middle School, 200 Hillvue Lane, Pittsburgh, Pa. 15237 for educators and paraprofessionals. Registrations are required. To register for the conference or for more information, visit or call 412-377-8778.

About AutismLink: AutismLink is a nonprofit organization established in 1999 that provides Web-based support and information on autism spectrum disorders at


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