New Mission

New Mission


My mission is to explore how other countries around the world are dealing with education and special education issues.

I would like to visit and observe different types of schools that have proven records of success, wherever those schools may be. I would like to meet with school directors and administrators, government officials, leaders in the business world, and others who are responsible for implementing education systems or otherwise connected to education to learn more about how education is being addressed in their communities.

If you know of any remarkable schools in other parts of the world (especially special needs schools), please let me know about them. If you know of any education experts who are engaged in remarkable work in this field, please introduce me to them.

Please do not hesitate to share your thoughts or ideas regarding the above. Read more about my mission here.

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Thursday, July 7, 2011

ICare4Autism's Annual International Autism Conference in NYC

Yesterday I attended ICare4Autism's Annual International Autism Conference held at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Yeshivah University in New York City.  The event, called "Autism: A Global Perspective," centered around a discussion about the latest medical and educational research and the process of finding the causes and treatment for Autism Spectrum Disorders.  The full-day event featured leaders in the field from around the world.  Some sessions focused on the bio-medical side discussing, for instance, research relating to metabolism and genetics issues affecting individuals with autism.  On the educational-behavioral side, sessions included: The Welsh Government's National ASD Strategy; Intervention Targeting Development of Socially Synchronous Engagement in Toddlers with ASD; and The Ecological Assessment of Executive Function in Autism.  The event was informative, enlightening, and, at times, inspiring. 

ICare4Autism is an organization dedicated to tackling the global autism crisis by convening a global community of researchers, educators, and advocates to catalyze breakthrough innovations in autism research, diagnosis, and clinical intervention.  Dr. Joshua Weinstein, the founder and president of ICare4Autism, has been an educator and administrator for more than four decades and is dedicated to helping children with special needs.  Currently Dr. Weinstein is in the process of establishing a global autism center in Jerusalem.  The center seeks to provide a meeting ground for researchers, educators, and advocates involved with this cause and to create opportunities for powerful collaborations for the detection and treatment of autism.  It will also offer a special education school program to meet the needs of Israeli children on the autism spectrum.  The research and education center is slated to open in 2014.