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MEDIA ADVISORY: Gov. Jay Nixon to Address Disability Services Progress at Thompson Center Autism Conference

September 23rd, 2016

Story Contact: Sheena Rice, 573-882-8353,

WHAT: Autism providers and researchers from MU’s Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders will join autism experts from around the country to present the latest research advancements and best practices in caring for patients with Autism Spectrum Disorders as part of the 11th annual Autism Conference.

Gov. Jay Nixon will address the group at 9:45 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 22.

Keynote speakers will discuss communication and behavior strategies for children with autism.        Workshop presenters will cover a range of topics including treatment and interventions, behavior          analysis, education and transition to adulthood.

Media are invited to attend presentations as well as the address by Gov. Jay Nixon.

WHO: Gov. Jay Nixon

Gordon Ramsay, Emory University Marcus Autism Center

John Maag, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Autism experts in medicine, psychology, applied behavior analysis and education

WHEN & WHERE: Thursday, Sept. 22 and Friday, Sept. 23, 2016

Doubletree St. Louis Hotel

16625 Swingley Ridge Road

Chesterfield, MO

NOTE: Photos and expert interviews available upon request. For a full list of presenters and workshop schedule, please visit

Media attending the event should contact Adrienne Cornwall, Communications Director, at (573) 884-4512 or (740) 590-2815.