2018 GAL Disabilities Training Conference


Registration is live for the 2018 GAL Disabilities Training Conference.



Each year the Florida Guardian ad Litem Program holds a conference for child welfare attorneys, child welfare professionals, and judges who represent and work with dependent children with disabilities. This popular conference is known for its advanced material and workshops. The Florida Guardian ad Litem Program invites you to join fellow child welfare professionals at the 2018 Disabilities Training Conference: Making the Impossible Possible to be held May 3-4, 2018 at the Rosen Centre in Orlando, Florida. The conference will:

-Advance attorney advocacy and courtroom skills to ensure the best outcomes for dependent children with disabilities.
-Promote understanding of the intricacies of government agency processes and how they must be coordinated to improve outcomes for dependent children with disabilities.
-Impart advanced advocacy strategies for dependent children with disabilities.
-Develop connections among participants and agencies to better determine appropriate resources for dependent children with disabilities.

Keynote Speaker, Steve Silberman is an award-winning science writer whose articles have appeared in Wired, the New Yorker, the MIT Technology Review, Nature, Salon, Shambhala Sun, and many other publications. He is also the author of the New York Times best-selling NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity, which unearths the secret history of autism, long suppressed by the same clinicians who first became famous for discovering it, while also discovering surprising answers to the crucial question of why the number of diagnoses has soared in recent years. The book received a California Book Award as well as the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction — the first popular science book to win the prize in its 17-year history. NeuroTribes is currently being adapted as a film by Paramount Pictures with Lorne Michaels producing. Silberman speaks regularly at schools and universities, advocacy groups and organizations, and corporations including Microsoft, Google, and Apple.

In his book and his keynote presentations, Silberman shares little-known stories of the researchers and psychiatrists who pioneered the first autism diagnoses while also providing long-sought solutions to the autism puzzle. In an effort to shed light on the growing movement of “neurodiversity,” Silberman discusses the evolution of autism and explores the need for a more humane world in which people with learning differences and those who love them have access to the resources they need to live happier, healthier, more secure, and more meaningful lives.

Steve will be signing books at the book after the morning plenary session.  Come meet him and let him personalize your book.