Gottlieb to Speak at Autism Conference

Dr. Dan Gottlieb
Dr. Dan Gottlieb
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Dr. Dan Gottlieb will be the keynote speaker at The Autism Puzzle: Fitting the Pieces Together, a conference at Neumann University on Saturday, April 20. Gottlieb is the host of Voices in the Family, a mental-health radio show on WHYY.


Gottlieb has been a professional counselor for more than 40 years and wrote a column for the Philadelphia Inquirer from 1993 to 2008. He has written four books, the most recent of which is The Wisdom of Sam: Observations on Life from an Uncommon Child about his grandson, who is on the autism spectrum.


After Gottlieb's 9:30 a.m. address, breakout sessions will follow on five topics: social skills training, structured teaching, bullying and the special needs child, law and parents' rights, and transitions to college and beyond. These sessions will be led by Neumann University faculty, members of the Elwyn division of education, and representatives of the Pennsylvania Education for All Coalition.


The conference opens at 9 a.m. with a welcome from Pennsylvania State Representative Stephen Barrar in the University Life Center. It runs to 3 p.m. and includes Gottlieb's keynote, a choice of two breakout sessions, lunch and a panel discussion. The cost of the conference is $40. For students and senior citizens, the price is $25.


Act 48 credits are available through Elwyn, Inc. Information will also be available on Neumann University's Autism Endorsement program, a series of four courses that gives teachers and other certified school personnel skills in educating students with autism spectrum disorders. Completion of the program enables individuals to apply to the Pennsylvania Department of Education for an endorsement on existing Pennsylvania certificates.


Autism affects one in 88 children born in the United States. The disorder has no known cause or cure.


For more information or to reserve a seat at the conference, call 610-558-5604 or email Dr. Tammy Feil at  


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