Forum on autism held in Mt. Pleasant

June 20, 2012 by  

The Seacoast Church in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina was the host last Saturday for the Saturday Lowcountry Autism Forum, co-hosted by the Lowcountry Autism Consortium and the MUSC’s Project REX, which is an outpatient treatment center for children with autism. The two organizations no doubt used poster printing and flyer printing to announce the event to the public so as to encourage attendance, as well as awareness of the affliction.

The keynote speakers at the event were Assistant Vice President and Head of Medical Research at Autism Speaks, Dr. Joe Horrigan, who is based at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, and Leslie Long, the director of adult services and housing, also from Autism Speaks. The organization is the largest in the nation which is devoted to the science and advocacy of autism. Dr. Horrigan spoke on the advances in research on autism, while Long spoke about a meeting on autism which she attended last week in New York City.

Close to 200 people attended the event, which was organized by assistant professor of psychiatry at the Medical University of South Carolina Dr. Frampton Gwynette, and retired radiologist Dr. Rob Scharstein, who is a father of two sons with autism. The morning session was hosted by the News Anchor of WCBD-TV, Carolyn Murray.

There were additional workshops at the event, covering such topics as “Intervention Practices,” “Today’s Technology,” and “Maximizing Community Life.” These were led by several local autism service providers and autism experts from MUSC. A bookstore operated by the South Carolina Autism Society was also at the event.