Autism has become one of the fastest-growing developmental disabilities in the US—affecting an estimated 1.5 million Americans—that’s 1 in 110 children, and 1 in 70 boys.

With this disability, both children and adults will be faced with a range of issues, challenges and demands throughout their life. CDS Monarch, a Rochester-based social service provider, has teamed with Nazareth College to present the first annual Voices for Autism Conference on Saturday April 21, 2012 at Linehan Chapel on the Nazareth campus.

The conference will bring together the expertise and experiences of family members, professionals and individuals on the spectrum in order to address a variety of topics relevant to promoting lifelong advocacy and self-advocacy for these individuals including: supporting communication, increasing knowledge regarding available services and supports, and developing strong supportive relationships across the community. Author and advocate Dr. Paula Kluth will lead the keynote address.

For more information, or to register for this event please visit www.thewolffoundation.org/Events, or call (585) 341-4600.

About CDS Monarch:
CDS Monarch fulfills transitional and employment needs of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families through the Life Transitions services, Warrior Salute™, CDS Monarch Senior Living, and Unistel, a subsidiary of CDS Monarch. CDS Monarch is guided by the belief that
everyone deserves the opportunity to lead a productive, fulfilling life with quality and choice of services. 

For more information about CDS Monarch's programs, services or how you can provide support, or become involved please contact: Melissa Mulcahy, Executive Director The Wolf Foundation at 585- 347-1208 or email: melissa.mulcahy@thewolffoundation.org.

About the School of Health and Human Services at Nazareth College:
The School of Health and Human Services at Nazareth College is a top learning institution for health care professionals. From nursing to speech-language pathology, from physical therapy to art and music therapy, the School offers challenging programs that prepare students to become compassionate, innovative and patient-focused leaders in the health care community. As the only school in upstate New York to offer both traditional allied health and creative arts therapy, Nazareth College is
preparing students who will stay in—and heal—our community for generations to come.