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Autism Conference - April 29, 2006, Western Oregon University
Speaker Biographies


Stephen M. Edelson, Ph.D.

Introduction to the Biological Interventions in Autism and How They May Enhance Learning: Part 1

Dr. Stephen Edelson has been conducting research on the causes and treatments of autism for 28 years. His studies have spanned a wide range of areas including behavioral, cognition, sensory and biomedical. He also maintains ARIís websites (www.AutismResearchInstitute.com, www.DANWebcast.com, www.AutismNewsletter.com), the Center for the Study of Autismís websites (www.autism.org, www.autism.tv), and the Society for Auditory Interventions Techniques (SAIT, www.sait.org). He is a research associate at the Autism Research Institute, directed by Dr. Bernard Rimland; and board member of the Autism Society of Oregon.

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Linda Lee, R.N.

Introduction to the Biological Interventions in Autism and How They May Enhance Learning: Part 2

Biological Interventions in Autism: one childís journey to improvement

Originally from Ireland, Linda Lee has over 20 years nursing experience and has managed Emergency Rooms in Manhattan and Boston.She is the mother of a 7-year-old boy severely affected with autism from birth, who also has sensitivities to a multitude of substances. As a result of educational and biological interventions, he has made incredible progress. He has gone from a child who was vicious, screamed and didnít sleep for most of his first two years, to a gentle, loving boy with hundreds of words. She is executive director and co-founder with her husband, Paul Lee, MD, of the non-profit HANS, Help Autism Now Society, dedicated to helping families by supporting physicians and other professionals in the early recognition, diagnosis and treatment of autism. She is active in giving presentations to parents, educators and physicians.


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Karen Jordan, M.S.

Educational Practices in Autism: What the Research Says

Ask the Teachers

Karen Jordan is an autism specialist with Willamette Educational Service District. She earned a Master's in Education from Western Oregon University, and is celebrating 25 years in education. She has served as an autism specialist for the past 12 years and is one of the authors of the curriculum, Adjusting the Image: A Focus on Social Understanding, for students with high-functioning autism/Aspergerís.


Mary-Minn Sirag

One Autistís Guide to Navigating the Neuronormal World

Mary-Minn Sirag is an autistic advocate, peer mentor, art instructor for adults with developmental disabilities, writer and editor. Married for 15 years, she worked as secretary in a Japanese trading company, publishing and advertising, journalism, copy editing, indexing Dr. Bernard Rimlandís ARRI journal, facilitating employment workshops, etc. She serves on the boards of KindTree Productions and Bridgeway House, two Eugene grassroots autism organizations.

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Jason Rowe, parent

D.A.D. (Dedicated Autism Dad) Chat

Jason Rowe, a proud father of an autistic son and the executive producer of Puzzled Media, LLC, will share his familyís story as well as his insights to not only surviving, but excelling as a spouse and parent in a household living with ASD. He is an independent film maker and writer dedicated to autism-related projects that inform, educate and equip others in the world of autism and beyond. His son, RJ, was diagnosed with PDD/moderate function autism in 1997. Jason is the staff producer of the Autism Research Institute, San Diego, Calif., as well as media director/webcast director for the Defeat Autism Now! Conference and free, online DAN! webcasts. He and his wife, Angelene, founded Puzzled Media in 2004.


Shelley Joyce

Aspergers: What Is It and What Helps?
Shelley Joyce has an Associate in Arts degree from Sinclair Community College and is the mother of two teenagers, one with Aspergers. Shelley serves on the State Advisory Council for Special Education (SACSE), the State Transition Advisory Committee (TAC), the Childrenís Mental Health Change Initiative, Parent Advisory Committee and is chair of Salem-Keizer School Districtís Special Education Advisory Council.


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Lucinda Waddell, parent

Transitioning to the Next Phase: Life after High School

Lucinda Waddell started working as an advocate with families who have children with autism 25 years ago, prior to her daughter receiving a formal diagnosis at 13. She found that by helping other families with their IEPís, respite care and social skills training she was able to get a broader understanding of autism. She was employed by Voc Rehab and Mental Health as a job coach and social skills trainer for several adults with autism. Within a yearís time, she was consulting with Voc Rehab in four counties. In the early 1990s, Lucinda joined Dr. Steve Edelsonís research project as the affter care provider whose children were receiving Auditory Integrative Training. She had the privilege to work with hundreds of children and their families through out the USA and beyond. In 1994, Lucinda became a licensed minister with United Christian Fellowship. This opened the doors for her to different correctional institutions that housed some individuals with high functioning autism/Aspergers. She continue to work with churches, teaching congregations the autism basics and ďHow can the church minister to families affected by autism.Ē Today, she lives with her husband of 35 years in Amity, Ore. Their daughter Heather and her husband John live with them. She continues to work as a consultant with several schools and numerous families in her area.


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Louisa Silva, M.D.

Research Results on Qigong Massage for Young Children with Autism

Dr. Louisa Silva is a physician who is specialized in Public Health and Preventative Medicine and Chinese Medicine. She is also involved in research exploring non-invasive, low cost, effective solutions to chronic childhood conditions, such as autism.


Jennifer Rowan, M.S.

Behavior StrategiesóFunctional Solutions

Ask the Teachers

Jennifer Rowan began working with older children and adults with disabilities through residential habilitation programs in upstate New York. She then taught at the Allegro School in New Jersey where she was trained in Applied Behavioral Analysis teaching strategies. Jennifer received her EI/ECSE teaching license and masterís degree at Western Oregon University. For seven years, she has been the teacher for the Social Communication Intervention Program for Salem-Keizer School District.