Foundation to Help Caregivers of Those with Autism

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For a second year, the Passavant Hospital Foundation will hold a conference to offer information on research, education and services available for caregivers for people with autism.

There is no charge to attend "Autism Through the Lifespan," scheduled for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 20 in the conference center in Cumberland Woods Village at McCandless.

The conference will feature an exhibitors' fair, networking and breakout sessions, said Janine Sidoruk, coordinator of marketing and communications for the Passavant Hospital Foundation.

"We had, in response, a great deal of interest from people that attended (last year)," Sidoruk said. "We try to respond to what people are interested in."

The conference is being offered in partnership with Autism Speaks, The Watson Institute and the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC, among others, Sidoruk said. Professionals from the organizations and others will make presentations.

Marilyn Hoyson, chief operating officer for Watson Institute in Leet, said she was glad to see the conference return. The institute assists children with special needs, particularly those with autism.

"We're happy that the Passavant Hospital Foundation remained interested in it," she said. …