SOURCE: Icare4autism


August 02, 2012 13:03 ET

International Autism Conference Concludes in Jerusalem

Hundreds of Worldwide Participants Convened to Meet Global Challenge

JERUSALEM--(Marketwire - Aug 2, 2012) - The 2012 International Autism Conference concluded today in Jerusalem with organizers laying out a detailed plan for ICare4Autism to lead the global movement to help those on the autism spectrum. After two days of intense panels that included over a thousand participants from over twenty different countries, ICare4Autism has announced that it will focus on three key areas over the next twelve months.

"We will continue to work tirelessly to realize our dream of ICare4Autism's new global headquarters on Mt. Scopus in Jerusalem, we will move quickly to implement a state-of-the art database system to allow families and caregivers to check information from various governmental and NGO offices in one place, and finally, we will work to implement a workforce initiative for training young adults with autism and placing them in appropriate level jobs," said Dr. Joshua Weinstein, founder CEO of ICare4Autism.

Mayor Nir Barkat greeted the conference participants, "With strong research and care, we have the ability to send a message all over the world." Mayor Barkat's greetings were followed by speeches from Dr. Shekhar Saxena of the World Health Organization, and First Lady Marta Linares de Martinelli of Panama.

"As the keynote speaker at the conference, I was extremely impressed with the depth and diversity presented," said Dame Stephanie Shirley, the founding UK Ambassador for Philanthropy. 

Dr. Shekhar Saxena noted that, "The key is collaboration for NGOs, developmental organizations and social activists to work together to make a difference for affected families."

Dr. Joshua Weinstein indicated, "We firmly believe that collaboration will lead to the breakthroughs necessary to best confront this condition and we are confident that ICare4Autism will be the catalyst in this global process."

Over the two-day event, the focus was on important disciplines relating to autism; "Policy and Awareness," "Bio-Medical Research and Practice," "Education and Behavioral Techniques," and "Technology and Resources." 

Dr. Eric Hollander, the Chairman of the ICare4Autism Advisory Council, added, "The ICare4Autism 2012 Global Conference was a unique opportunity for leading researchers, clinicians, educators and policymakers to share their latest findings and create powerful new international collaborations. This global cross-disciplinary gathering will speed the development of improved methods of autism detection and treatment that are urgently needed by patients and the families."

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