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Autism Partnership Charity Conference
Understanding Parents’ Journey Through Autism!
Raising a child with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can be an overwhelming experience for parents and families. Tragically there is a tremendous amount of information including the diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment of ASD. Understandably parents are completely overwhelmed in determining the best course of action and often feel helpless and hopeless!
In this 1-day conference, our speakers, Dr. Ron Leaf and Toby Mountjoy will discuss how to help parents navigate the maze of ASD and share what they have learned during their professional journey in their over 50-year career devoted to ASD. They will also discuss how to best navigate the challenges and focus on how parents can best help their children.
Lorri Unumb, a guest speaker, will share her journey as a mother of two children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. As an attorney, author, professor and international autism advocate, she has devoted her career to ensuring access to high-quality care for individuals on the spectrum since her first-born son’s diagnosis with ASD two decades ago. Lorri will share her life-changing journey as a professional and mother and reveal the challenges and triumphs she has experienced.
A portion of the proceeds will be donated to a charitable organization “Our Learning House” in support of families of children with ASD in China.
|Beijing： Jan 13, 2024 (Sat)
Shanghai： Jan 14, 2024 (Sun)
|9am – 3pm
|AP Co-founder and Director Dr. Ron Leaf
AP Director Mr. Toby Mountjoy
CEO of The Council of Autism Service Providers, the mother of two children with ASD Ms. Lorri Shealy Unumb
Complimentary Parent Consultation
Complimentary parent consultation is offered to the conference participants (Limited slots only).
Group (5 people or more): RMB199/person
For group registration, please contact AP-MKT at WeChat OR email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tel：(010) 8555 0630
Dr. Ronald Leaf is a licensed psychologist who has over forty years of experience in the field of autism. Dr. Leaf began his career working with Professor Ivar Lovaas, while receiving his undergraduate degree at UCLA. Subsequently, he received his doctorate under the direction of Prof. Lovaas. During his years at UCLA, he served as Clinic Supervisor, Research Psychologist, Lecturer and Interim Director of the Young Autism Project. He was extensively involved in several research investigations, contributed to “The Me Book”, and is a co-author of “The Me Book” Videotapes, a series of instructional tapes for teaching autistic children.
Dr. Leaf has consulted to families, schools, day programs and residential facilities on a national and international basis. Dr. Leaf is also the Executive Director of Behavior Therapy and Learning Centre, a mental health agency that consults with parents, care-providers and school personnel. Dr. leaf is co-author of “A Work In Progress”, “Time for School”, “It Has to Be Said”, “Crafting Connections” and “A Work In Progress Companion Series”.
Mr. Toby Mountjoy is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and holds a Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis. With over 25 years of experience working with individuals with ASD, he has been extensively trained by Dr. Ronald Leaf, Dr. Mitchell Taubman and Dr. John McEachin. Besides overseeing the Autism Partnership operation in Hong Kong, Korea, Philippines, Singapore, Kuwait and Beijing, with over 500 staff, including psychologists, consultants and therapists, he has also provided consultations to school districts, agencies, and families worldwide. Mr. Mountjoy has also contributed chapters to publications such as “Sense & Nonsense” and “It’s Time for School”. In 2007, he founded the charitable Autism Partnership Foundation and AP School to offer more services for children with Autism.
Lorri Shealy Unumb is a lawyer, mother of three teenage boys, and an internationally renowned autism advocate. She began her career as an appellate attorney with the United States Department of Justice and then as a full-time law professor. Following her son’s diagnosis with autism, she began volunteering for autism causes, writing ground-breaking autism insurance legislation for South Carolina (“Ryan’s Law”) that passed in 2007 and served as the catalyst for the national movement toward autism insurance reform. She served for a decade as the head of state government affairs for the national nonprofit Autism Speaks, and now serves as the CEO of The Council of Autism Service Providers. She is also the founder of the annual Autism Law Summit and is author of “Autism and the Law.”
For her local, national, and international advocacy efforts, Lorri has been recognized with
- the NASCAR Foundation’s Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award;
- the Miss South Carolina Pageant “Woman of Achievement” Award;
- the Jefferson Award for Public Service (Charleston, SC);
- the Professional Women in Advocacy “Excellence in a State Campaign” Award; and
- the Civitan International World Citizenship Award.
Her work has been profiled on CNN, on NPR’s “Morning Edition,” and in Town&Country magazine, from whom she received one of three 2009 “Women Who Make a Difference” awards. She is also profiled in the American Academy of Pediatrics 2013 book “Autism Spectrum Disorders: What Every Parent Needs to Know.”