Autism Conference in Panama with USF Health experts
The USF College of Behavioral and Community Sciences Department of Child and Family Studies recently partnered with the USF Health International Foundation and the Soy Capaz (I Am Capable) Foundation of Panama to host a one-day seminar on autism. The seminar was held at the Children’s Hospital of Panama in Panama City and featured USF and Panamanian experts in autism management and therapies for parents and caregivers of autistic persons.
Dr. Mario Hernandez, Chair of the Department of Child and Family Studies, traveled to Panama with Dr. Lise Fox, Director of the Florida Center for Inclusive Studies, Dr. Karen Berkman, Director of the Center of Autism and Related Disabilities, and Dr. Linda Callejas, Social and Behavioral Researcher in Child and Family Studies. Dr. Fox presented on education with autistic students, Dr. Berkman spoke on successful transition to adulthood, and Dr. Callejas shared her experience with family support. Local presenters included Dabaiba Dilipour, President of the Soy Capaz Foundation, and Dr. Gabrielle Britton, Senior Researcher in Neurosciences at the Panamanian Institute for Scientific Research and Advanced Technology Services (INDICASAT).
Over 150 parents, patients, physicians, and special education teachers from throughout Panama attended the seminar in Panama City. One mother of an autistic child who traveled almost eight hours to attend the seminar said that her long trip was well worth it and that she hoped more events like the seminar would be organized in the future. Another parent mentioned that it was the first time she had been able to attend a seminar focused entirely on autism and persons with autism. She thought the speakers were outstanding and also looked forward to more similar events in the future. Congratulations to all involved on such a successful event!
Article published on the COPH Monday Letter on May 7th, 2012