Charles Cowan to speak on new findings in the world of autism

Posted: Sunday, April 12, 2009

JUNEAU - In celebration of April as Autism Awareness Month, Dr. Charles Cowan, a neuro-developmental and behavioral pediatrician and medical director of the Autism Clinic at Seattle Children's Hospital, will present on what is new in the world of autism from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, April 24, at the Treadwell Room of the Baranof Hotel, 127 North Franklin St. Admission is free.

Cowan is a clinical professor at the University of Washington School of Medicine. In addition to his medical practice, he serves on many boards and agencies for the improvement of care for children with developmental disabilities. He was appointed by the governor of Washington to oversee the Infant-Toddler Intervention Program and serves on the Kindering Center's board of directors. Among his numerous awards of excellence, he received the prestigious Duncan Award in 2006 and was named as one of Seattle Metropolitan magazine's top doctors of the year.

Cowan will speak in communities across Alaska about autism. He is being sponsored by the Special Education Service Agency, the Alaska Autism Resource Center, and the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority. It is estimated that 60 Alaska children will be diagnosed as falling somewhere on the autism spectrum disorder continuum this year. National statistics put it at about one in 175 children.

For more information, call 866-301-7372 or 907-334-1300, or e-mail bkruth@sesa.org. For more information about April's Autism Awareness Month activities, visit www.autism.alaska.gov.



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