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Elementary and Primary Education
Harris County Department of Education
News Release
Friday, July 28, 2017

Autism Summit 2017 set for Oct. 4-5 at HCDE offers resources
to assist students with spectrum disorder

Autism Summit 2017 will be held Oct. 4-5 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Harris County Department of Education, 6300 Irvington, Houston, Texas. The conference provides autism experts with breakout sessions on issues including autism legislation, transition services and testimonials from young adults with autism spectrum disorder. Registration for the summit hosted by HCDE’s Teaching and Learning Center is $150, with lunch provided both days. Register for the conference at by title or date.

The summit features Carol Gray on Oct. 4, consultant to children, adolescents and adults with autism. Gray provides a workshop on “Social Stories,” a tool that supports safe, meaningful exchange of information between parents, professionals and people with autism. Attendees all receive certification in the methodology at day’s end. Oct. 5 provides insights from keynote Dorothea Lerman, director of the Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities at the University of Houston – Clear Lake.

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), autism spectrum disorder is a developmental disability that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges. CDC statistics show that one in 68 children has been identified with autism spectrum disorder, and the condition occurs in all ethnic and socioeconomic groups. For more information about the summit, call 713-696-8223.

About Harris County Department of Education: HCDE provides special education, therapy services, early education, adult education and after-school programming. Services are funded by government grants, fees and a local property tax rate of $.0052. For every dollar in local property tax collected, HCDE provides $4.40 in services to the 25 Harris County school districts. HCDE also operates four campuses for students with profound special education needs and adjudicated youth who require a low student-teacher ratio and highly structured environment. One-hundred percent of students served on HCDE campuses are at-risk. The organization is governed by an elected board of seven trustees and has 1,060 employees and 33 facilities, including 15 Head Start centers. More info at .

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