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Kern Autism Network-Autism Society Annual Autism Awareness Conference "Understanding the DSM-5 and Family Dynamics"

Autism Society Chapter Affiliate-Kern Autism Network

Friday, March 14, 2014 from 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM (PDT)

Kern Autism Network-Autism Society Annual Autism...

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Registration Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
General Admission
Admission for complete conference package includes, breakfast-lunch-raffles and seating to hear speakers selected this year. A certificate of attendance will be given to all attendees. -KRC Residential CEU's APPROVED for 2 hrs. -SLP CEU's APPROVED for 6 hrs. -Nursing CEU's APPROVED for 6 hrs. -MFCCs and/or LCSWCs CEU APPROVED through CSUB Extended University, see below for further details.
Ended $105.00 $0.00
Parent Scholarship Award-Non-KRC Clients
The Parent Scholarship Award, is for parents who are NOT clients of Kern Regional Center but have a child with Aspergers Syndrome. These scholarships are limited and proof of status must be verified. Interested parents must contact the Kern Autism Network at to apply for one of 10 scholarships to be awarded, once approved. Proof of diagnosis must be obtained and sent to the Autism Society-Kern Autism Network via fax 661-588-4235 or scanned and emailed to
Ended Free $0.00
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If you wish to DONATE, to Kern Autism Network-Autism Society Affiliate Chapter, you may do so as we are a non-profit organization that keeps all donations local for family events, conferences, scholarships, autism community projects and more! Our Federal Tax ID #77-0451608 for your tax deductible donation. Thank you! NOTE: THIS IS NOT ADMISSION TO THE CONFERENCE.

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The Autism Society Affiliate Chapter-Kern Autism Network (KAN) is an organization dedicated to helping families with all aspects of autism as it affects their lives. We provide support, awareness, information and education to families, professionals and the public throughout Kern County. We address all ages on the spectrum, from preschool to adult. KAN strives for advocacy, research, education and inclusion for all individuals challenged with autism.

 This years Annual Autism Conference will be held on Friday, March 14, 2014. Our speakers will include: Dr. Lawrence Fung, Child Psychiatry Fellow of Stanford University Medical Center addressing “The Changes in the DSM-5”; Dr. Robert Naseef, Psychologist, Author and parent of an adult son with autism addressing “Father’s & Masculinity and 911 First Aid for Couples and Relationships Affected by Autism”; our final speaker Caroline McGraw, Author, Copywriter and Speaker addressing “Sibling Perspective and Family Support Choices”.  Each year our conference reflects the topic needs that are requested by past conference attendee evaluations.  This year's conference reflects those topics that were requested.



Lawrence K. Fung, M.D., Ph.D. received his Bachelor’s of Science degree from University of California at Berkeley, Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University, Doctor of Philosophy from Cornell University, and Doctor of Medicine degree from George Washington University. He completed his general psychiatry residency at Stanford University. Dr. Fung is currently a child & adolescent psychiatry fellow and postdoctoral research scholar in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine.

In his role as a clinician, he is specialized in treating children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). He is a member of the Autism Treatment Network (ATN) under Autism Speaks. In ATN, he is one of the leaders in performing systematic reviews of evidence and developing the guidelines for treating irritability in individuals with ASD.

Dr. Fung is also a researcher specializing in neuropsychopharmacology and neuroscience of ASD and related neurogenetic disorders. Dr. Fung is a recipient of numerous national awards including the National Institute of Mental Health Outstanding Resident Award, American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Pilot Research Award, and the Miller Award at Stanford University. He was a Janssen Psychiatric Research Scholar of the American Psychiatric Association. He was also a finalist for the National Institutes of Health Director’s Early Independence Award.


Caroline McGraw is a would-be childhood paleontologist turned writer, digging for treasure in people and uncovering sacred stories in ordinary days. In 2011, she created A Wish Come Clear, an online community with a focus on choosing love, losing fear, and finding home. Her most recent book, a Kindle Single entitled, I Was a Stranger to Beauty (ThinkPiece Publishing, 2013) debuted at #3 in Special Needs Memoirs on Amazon. Caroline's stories have been featured in an independent documentary film, My Brother, by filmmaker and American University Professor Edwin Mah.

Caroline has been self-employed as a digital copywriter since 2011, creating compelling copy for organizations with a special needs support focus, and she is a weekly columnist and features writer for Autism After 16 as well. Prior to launching her business, Caroline served the special needs community at L'Arche Greater Washington DC from 2007-2011, working as a live-in direct care assistant, Home Life Coordinator, Program Director, and Consultant. An honors graduate of Vassar College, Caroline lives and works in Northern Alabama with her husband.

 Robert Naseef, Ph.D. has practiced for over 20 years as a psychologist. He is a graduate of Temple University specializing in families of children with disabilities and has published several articles on the subject, including the book Special Children, Challenged Parents: The Struggles and Rewards of Raising a Child With a Disability (1997) Dr. Naseef co-edited,Voices From The Spectrum (2006) with Dr. Ariel. Dr. Naseef presents locally and nationally on issues related to family life with special needs and has a special interest in the psychology of men. In 2008, Variety- The Children’s Charity honored him for his contributions to the autism community. 

Vendors Confirmed Participating in 2014 KAN Conference:

Special Needs Project Exclusive Book Vendor, Holdsambeck & Associates, Inc., The Medicine Shoppe, Dolphin Star-Loren J. Presley, MAPSS, Valley Achievement Center, Sam's Club,  California Spectrum Services, Champions Club, C.A.R.D. Inc., All Kids Dental Surgery Center, Dr. Penelope Suter, ABLE Program, ACES Inc., Kern Assistive Technology, That's Sew You!, BDI, California Psychcare, Beacon Behavior Therapy, Divine Reflections, Taft College TILL Program, Express Pharmacy, Special Olympics, The Jasmine Nyree Center, Celtic Art, The Richardson Center, Mercy Plaza Pharmacy


Sponsors/Donors: Cruz Thru Express Carwash, Bakersfield Magazine, Anonymous Donors, Mixen Vixen Confections,  Subway, Los Angeles Air Balance Company Inc., Trader Joes, LLuvia Richert Photography, Cost Plus World Market, The Marcom Group, AS ONE Inc., Alpha Five Archery, AIMES Consulting, Golden Empire Nuts & Bolts, ThePuget Family, That's Sew You!,  Bhogal Farms, Roll Giving, Alta One Federal Credit Union

 Conference Schedule of Events 

(Schedule is subject to change) 

7:00-8:15           Conference Check-In, Vendors Open, Continental Breakfast 

8:15-8:30           Welcome, Conference Information

                             Ramona Puget, KAN President

8:30-10:00         Dr. Lawrence Fung, Child Psychiatry Fellow of Stanford University Medical Center

                             "The Changes in the DSM-5 and Autism"

10:00-10:15        Break- Vendors Open

10:15-11:45       Caroline McGraw, Author, Copywriter and Speaker

                             "Sibling Perspective and Family Support Choices" 

12:00-1:30         Lunch Served--Vendors Open--Raffles

1:35-4:00            Dr. Robert Naseef, Psychologist, Author and parent of an adult son with autism

                  “Father's & Masculinity and 911 First Aid for Couples/Relationships Affected by Autism”

4:00                     Conference Ends




1.  Is parking an issue at the Hodel's?  No, it is not.  But if you arrive early enough, parking will be easier. 

2.  Can I bring my child?  The conference seating is based on a ticket purchased for that attendee.  If you intend to purchase a ticket for you to attend, you will need to purchase a ticket for your child to attend as well.  If it is an infant in a baby carrier/stroller, then this does not apply.  Tickets sold reflect seating and meals ordered for attendees.

3.  If I cannot attend, can someone else attend in my place?  Yes they can, as long as we have been notified to change the name tag and update our registration records.  This can be done via email to notify us, that way we can respond and have it on file.  Once you receive confirmation from us, all should be good.

4.  Are vendors available to purchase items/books?  Yes, they will be on display early in the morning, during breaks, lunch and if they decide to stay after the conference is over, then too. 

5.  Is Spanish Translation available?  Yes it is.  We must ask that you indicate on your registration if you need transalation, to accomodate your request at the translation tables that are stricly reserved for that purpose.

6.  If I need to show proof of my attendance for work or other entity, can this be verifed?  Yes it can.  Once we show proof of ticket sale purchased, check-in status at conference and check-out, verification in writing will be done on request.

7.  Are CEU's provided for this conference?  Yes they are and the status update will change when we get approval.  At this time, the following has been confirmed: -KRC Residential CEU's APPROVED-SLP CEU's APPROVED for 6 hrs.-Nursing CEU's APPROVED for 6 hrs. 

8.  Nursing CEU's have been approved for 6 hrs.  There is a $4.00 fee that will need to be paid at the CEU sign-in table the day of the conference.  Cash or check made out to KCDPH Nursing Staff Council Board of Registered Nurses. (Provider #00852)

9. This event approved for 6 hours of continuing education credit for MFCCs and/or LCSWCs as required by the California Board of Behavorial Science.  CE provider by CSU Bakersfield Extended University Division PCE#3453.  Cost to be paid at the conference CEU table. Check, money order, Visa or Mastercard will be accepted for payment by CSUB.  Make checks and money orders payable to CSUB.  No cash accepted. 


More than 30 days prior to the first day of conference you receive a refund via check minus a processing fee of $25. All cancellations must be received in writing by the deadlines indicated below:

  • Three days or less prior to first day of conference: no refunds available.  Sorry no exceptions, but you can substitute someone else if you cannot attend.  Please notify us 48 hours in advance.
  • Due to the overwhelming numbers in attendance and the conference selling out each year, we ask that if you do intend to cancel, please notify us as early as possible to accomodate those that may be on a waiting list to attend.


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Hodel's Banquets
5917 Knudsen Drive
Bakersfield, 93308

Friday, March 14, 2014 from 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM (PDT)

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Autism Society Chapter Affiliate-Kern Autism Network

The Autism Society Chapter -Kern Autism Network (KAN) is a non-profit organization of parents, grandparents, professionals, and other individuals that have an interest in autism. Our mission statement sums up our goals:

"Autism Society Chapter -Kern Autism Network provides support, awareness, information and education to families, professionals and the public throughout Kern County. We work towards cooperation, coordination and the creation of services between individuals and agencies. We strive for the advocacy of research, education and inclusion for individuals challenged with autism."


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