KiDA’s 3rd Annual

Summit on Autism

Sept.17.2011 Bren Events Center, UCI


Panel 1: Autism and its Impact on the Family

Research and real-world solutions in the state of California

Opening remarks
Michael Drake MD UCI Chancellor

Autism: A Family Affair
Wendy Goldberg PhD Professor of Psychology & Social Behavior and Education, UCI

Engaging Autism: Positive Effects of Family Involvement
Connie Kasari PhD Professor of Psychological Studies in Education and Psychiatry, UCLA

We’re All In This Together
Alison Singer MD President, Autism Science Foundation

Keynote Presentation:
Rosalynn Carter First Lady, Founder of Carter Center Mental Health Task Force

Q & A with Mrs. Carter

Intermission (book signing and exhibits in foyer


Panel 2: Technology and its Impact on Autism

Aligning the Features of Assistive Technology With the Characteristics of Autism
Howard Shane MD Director, Center for Comm. Enhancement, Childrens Hospital Boston

Developing Innovative Technology to Enhance Research and Practice in Autism
Matthew Goodwin PhD Director of Clinical Research at MIT Media Lab

Panel Discussion

Closing Remarks



First Lady Rosalynn Carter is a national advocate for mental health and care givers. Her commitment to this field for over three decades includes founding the Carter Center’s Mental Health Task Force, a board of experts and consumers that advocate for positive change in the mental health field. Mrs. Carter also serves as president of the board of directors of the Rosalynn Carter Institute of Georgia Southwestern State University, which helps families and professional caregivers through research, education and training. Other contributions include working for organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, The Friendship Force, and Project Interconnections. Mrs. Carter has authored five books, including three books about mental health and care giving. Following her presentation at the Summit on Autism, Mrs. Carter will be signing copies of her 2010 release, Within Our Reach: Ending the Mental Health Crisis.

Wendy Goldberg is a Professor of Psychology & Social Behavior and Education at the University of California, Irvine. Her specific areas of study include developmental psychology, work and family, parental involvement in education, transition to parenthood, and autism. Wendy received her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1981. She completed her postdoctoral fellowship at Northwestern University, focusing on Child Social Policy. Wendy has earned several prestigious recognitions, including the Faculty Career Development Award and the Chancellors Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research through UCI. She is a member of the International Society for Autism Research and the Society for Research in Child Development, among other notable organizations. In addition to co-authoring a book on parenting, Wendy has been published in dozens of journals and books, as well as presenting at over 50 conferences.

Connie Kasari, Ph.D. is Professor of Psychological Studies in Education and Psychiatry at UCLA, where she is the Principal Investigator for the Autism Intervention Research Network for Behavioral Health funded by MCHB, a multi-site research consortium. She received her Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1985 and was a NIMH postdoctoral fellow at the Neuropsychiatric Institute at UCLA. Since 1990 she has been on the faculty at UCLA where she teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses and has been the primary advisor to more than 30 PhD students. She is a founding member of the Center for Autism Research and Treatment at UCLA and has been actively involved in autism research for the past 25 years. Her current research focuses on developing targeted interventions for early social communication development in at risk infants, toddlers and preschoolers with autism, and peer relationships for school aged children with autism. She has published widely on topics related to social, emotional, and communication development and intervention in autism. She is on the advisory board of several programs for children with autism and their families, and regularly presents to both academic and practitioner audiences locally, nationally and internationally.

Alison Singer is Co-Founder and President of the Autism Science Foundation, a not for profit organization that funds autism research and serves to increase awareness of autism spectrum disorders and the needs of individuals and families affected by autism. From 2005-2009 she served as Executive Vice President and a member of the Board of Directors of Autism Speaks. As the mother of a child with autism and legal guardian of her adult brother with autism, she is a natural advocate. Since 2007, Singer has served on the national Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) which is charged with writing a strategic plan to guide federal spending for autism research. Singer also currently serves on the Executive Board of the Yale Child Study Center, on the external advisory board of the Autism Baby Siblings Research Consortium, on the external advisory board of the CDC’s Center for Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, and on the board of directors of Mental Health News. She is hard at work on a book about autism research forthcoming from Columbia University Press. Singer graduated magna cum laude from Yale University with a B.A. in Economics and has an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Dr. Howard C. Shane is Associate Professor of Otolaryngology at Harvard Medical School and Director of the Center for Communication Enhancement and the Autism Language Program at Children’s Hospital Boston. He has designed more than a dozen computer applications used widely by persons with disabilities and holds two US Patents. Dr. Shane has received Honors of the Association Distinction and is a Fellow of the American Speech and Hearing Association. He is the recipient of the Goldenson Award for Innovations in Technology from United Cerebral Palsy Association and author of numerous papers and chapters on severe speech impairment, lectured throughout the world on the topic, and produced numerous computer innovations enjoyed by persons with complex communication disorders.

Matthew S. Goodwin, Ph.D., is the Director of Clinical Research at the MIT Media Lab, and Associate Director of Research at the Groden Center – an Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders in Providence, RI. He serves on the Executive Board of the International Society for Autism Research, is Co-Chair of the Autism Speaks-Innovative Technology for Autism Initiative, and has an Adjunct Associate Research Scientist appointment in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Brown University. He is well acquainted with a variety of experimental methods and statistical approaches used in the behavior sciences and has extensive experience developing, deploying, and evaluating innovative technologies for behavioral assessment, including telemetric physiological monitors, accelerometry sensors, and digital video/facial recognition systems. He received his B.A. in Psychology from Wheaton College and his M.A. and Ph.D., both in Experimental Psychology, from the University of Rhode Island.


Event Information

Saturday, September 17, 2011

8:00am to 1:00pm

Bren Events Center
100 Bren Events Ctr.
Irvine, CA 92697-1500

Directions from the 55 Freeway:

  • Take the 73 Freeway South
  • Exit at University Drive and turn left
  • University Drive to Mesa Road, turn right
  • The Bren Events Center is on the right hand side on the corner of Mesa and West Peltason