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AASU to host Autism 101 event
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The Autism 101 conference is for newly diagnosed families and individuals who want to expand their knowledge of local resources for their own understanding or to pass along to others.

This is a full-day conference featuring 10 speakers who will provide varying information that educates, enables and empowers families as they begin the journey of caring for, planning for and treating their child.

A small taste of speaker topics include: Successfully Advocating for your Child; The Biomedical Approach called DAN!; Functional Neurology – Improving Brain Function and Ability; Enhancing Social and Play Skills. Visit for the full schedule.

In the exhibit space, a resource fair runs all day so attendees can meet and interact with local providers of autism related goods and services, including the speakers.

The event is April 24 from 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. The event will take place at Armstrong Atlantic State University in the Armstrong Center for Professional and Continuing Education Auditorium at 13040 Abercorn St.

The cost to attend is $10 in advance or $20 at the door. The ticket cost covers all speakers and activities. Individual and group tickets are available.

Visit for more information and to download the registration form.

For questions regarding the speakers or topics or schedule, contact Jennifer McGee at (912) 355-9098 or

Vendor booths are still available at a cost at a minimal cost. For questions concerning becoming a vendor, contact Jennifer Ranicki at (912) 748-1506 or

The event is sponsored and coordinated by the Ranicki Chiropractic Wellness Center and The Matthew Reardon Center. These two organizations work extensively with children on the autism spectrum and individuals with other neurological challenges.

The Ranicki Chiropractic Wellness Center offers functional neurology that can help children with brain-based challenges achieve new milestones in development and academic performance. Functional neurology providers look for minor imbalances in the activity of different regions of the brain or spinal cord; and then create a program of therapies designed to activate weaker brain areas and integrate them back into the learning and development process. The center also offers other therapies for increased focus and attention; and increased function of the nervous system to improve sensory, developmental and physical challenges.  

The Matthew Reardon Center (MRC) is dedicated to the care and education of children with neurodevelopmental disabilities through partnership with existing medical, educational and community services. They provide special programs which enhance the quality of life for these children and their families. MRC ADVANCE Academy is designed to provide neurologically impaired children with related communication/speech and language deficits with the opportunity to reach their full academic potential.