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Ari Ne'eman of Autistic Self Advocacy Network to deliver keynote at Brooklyn Parent Conference on the Brooklyn Campus


Fatima Kafele,Deputy Director of Public Relations
Brooklyn Campus,
Long Island University
(718) 488-1014

Brooklyn, N.Y. – The Brooklyn Campus of Long Island University will host the Brooklyn Parent Conference, a day of resources and information for parents of children with disabilities, Friday, May 20 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Ari Ne’eman, founding president of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network and member of the National Council on Disability will be the keynote speaker. The event is free and open to the public.

“A recent study found that almost 40% of autistic young adults leaving high school did not have access to services, with low and minority young adults several times less likely than their peers to have access to service provision,” said Ari Ne’eman. “Recalling my own transition experience, I see this as one of the most pressing untold stories in the national conversation on autism and disability awareness.”

The conference theme is “Living Well: Transitions, Independence & Community Inclusion.” Workshop topics include “Early Childhood Transitions,” “Recreation: Culture Outside the Box,“ “Preparing for Life after High School” and “Me Time! It’s All About the Parent,” among others. Representatives from more than 30 agencies and organizations will participate in the resource fair.

The Brooklyn Parent Conference will take place in the Library Learning Center on the Brooklyn Campus of Long Island University, located in Downtown Brooklyn at 1 University Plaza at the corner of DeKalb and Flatbush Avenues. To register for the conference, visit or call 718.998.3000. For more information about the program, email

The Office of the Brooklyn Borough President; Brooklyn Center for Independence of the Disabled, Inc.; the Occupational Therapy Department and School of Health Professions on the Brooklyn Campus of Long Island University; and the Brooklyn Parent Center, funded by the New York State Department of Education, sponsor the Brooklyn Parent Conference.

The Occupational Therapy program, part of the School of Health Professions on the Brooklyn Campus of Long Island University, offers a dual B.S./M.S. degree. It is designed to educate entry-level occupational therapists whose skills and training prepare them to practice competently in the rapidly changing urban health care environment and to equip patients and clients with skills for the workplace and for home. The occupational therapy curriculum offers students the opportunity to focus on individual professional growth, to participate in community-service learning, to refine cultural sensitivity and practice skills, to use health promotion in community settings, to utilize activity to promote health and independence, and to develop the skills required to treat the whole person. To learn more about the program visit:

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dynamic curricula reflecting the great urban community it serves. Distinctive programs encompass the arts and media, the natural sciences, business, social policy, urban education, the health professions and pharmacy, and include the Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, the Ph.D. in Pharmaceutics, the D.P.T. in Physical Therapy and the Pharm.D. in Pharmacy. A vibrant urban oasis in downtown Brooklyn, this diverse and thriving campus offers academic excellence, personalized attention, small class size and flexible course schedules. In 2006, a $45-million Wellness, Recreation and Athletic Center was opened to serve the Campus and the surrounding community. In 2007, the Cyber Café was launched, providing a high-tech hot spot for students and faculty members to meet and eat.

Posted 05/10/2011

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