Posted June 10, 2015 in Articles
Author: Lillian Messner
Barry Prizant and Sondra Williams will be keynote speakers at the 19th annual Milestones Autism Resources at the I-X Center June 18 and 19. The event runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. About 1,000 people are expected, about the same as last year.
Prizant is an adjunct professor of childhood education services at Brown University in Providence, R.I. Williams is an author, poet and, according to Milestones, a self-advocate.
According to Ilana Hoffer Skoff, executive director of Milestone Autism Resources, more than 80 workshops will be offered, running on three tracks: adult services, medical, and visual support/technology.
“Milestones is here as a local resource to help families navigate the challenges of autism,” Skoff said. “Attending the conference helps people gain an understanding of what they need to do.”
“The Milestones conference offers an exceptional opportunity for parents and family members whose lives are affected by autism,” Prizant said. “In addition to the great number of sessions on diverse topics, including many that provide invaluable information for parents and family members, there will be many opportunities for meeting, connecting, and networking with parents and professionals.”
“I am looking forward to presenting at the Milestones conference,” Williams said. “I feel I have a unique perspective of autism due to my life experiences living with autism, being married, being a mom, working with and for many students who have autism, and working in the field as a national speaker. I look forward to sharing with others to help them on their journey.”