March 5, 2014

Speaker Lineup Announced For Eden Lecture Series

Eden Autism Services presents its 20th Annual Princeton Lecture Series at Princeton University’s McDonnell Hall on Friday, March 21. For families and professionals, Princeton Lecture Series is an open forum where leading authorities in the field present new findings and future possibilities for the treatment and awareness of autism. In addition to the keynote presentations, the day will conclude with a question and answer panel discussion comprised of experts in the autism field. 

Speaker Dr. Margaret L. Bauman of Boston University’s School of Medicine, Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, will address the issue of medical co-morbidities. V. Mark Durand, autism spectrum disorders authority and professor of psychology at the University of South Florida at St. Petersburg, will present “Understanding and Treating Severe Behavior Problems in Persons with ASD.” Paul Wehman of Virginia Commonwealth University will present “Youth with Autism: Toward Full Participation in the Community.”

“As we celebrate 20 years of amazing speakers, we also look back at the many developments that have taken place over the past two decades,” says Carol Markowitz, Chief Operating Officer of Eden Autism Services. “In the early nineties, prevalence rates for children in the United States affected by autism were 1 in 10,000; today that number is 1 in 88. Eden remains committed to providing quality services to individuals with autism and their families as well as to the autism community at large. We are delighted to again bring together an impressive group of leaders in the field who will explore and explain new and positive actions being taken to enhance the quality of life for those with autism.”

“The Princeton Lecture Series is not to be missed,” says Kim Picariello, mother of a child with autism. “As a mom to a nonverbal ASD 5-year-old, I look forward to it each year. I’m always encouraging my son’s therapists to attend with me as well, knowing how impressed they’d be by the speakers and the information shared that day … it’s an enlightening experience to anyone wanting to learn more about living with autism. Each year I’ve walked out of that Princeton lecture hall feeling empowered by the information and motivated by everyone I met.”

Additional highlights include a special presentation by the Honorable Helen E. Hoens, Justice New Jersey Supreme Court (former), and parent of an adult with autism; and a pre-conference symposium by Dr. Durand on Thursday, March 20 in Monroe Township, where he will present “Overcoming Obstacles to Successful Behavioral Intervention.“

Admission to the Lecture Series is $75 for general public and $25 for students, and includes continental breakfast and lunch. Registration begins at 8:15 a.m. Symposium pricing is also $75/$25. There is special pricing for those who sign up for both the Lecture and Symposium. CEU hours and BCBA credits are available.

For more information, or to register visit or call (609) 987-0099 ext. 4010.