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2012 Autism Symposium in the Swamp

IMPACT Autism organized the first annual 2012 Autism Symposium in the Swamp because we recognized the need for leaders in the autism field to come together for a conversation about the need for service integration. We have assembled a panel of local experts from various fields who will speak about this issue and others, and participate in a question and answer session. We are also showcasing artwork created by individuals on the autism spectrum that will be available for purchase, to support UF’s Center for Autism and Related Disabilities.  

2012 Panel Members

Ann-Marie Orlando, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Coordinator, Educational and Training Programs, UF Center for Autism and Related Disabilities

Ann-Marie began her career as a speech language therapist, audiologist, and nationally certified assistive technology practioner—a background reflected in her research interest in communication systems for students with significant disabilities. At UF, she has worked with the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities since 2003 and taught several courses in the area of significant disabilities. Ann-Marie successfully defended her dissertation in November. Her research involved examining the effects of intervention during shared book-reading sessions on the communication of young children with significant developmental delays. She presented her research findings in early December at the 2011 TASH, a leading international advocacy group for people with disabilities, Conference in Atlanta. She co-chairs the early childhood committee for TASH, previously headed the group’s communication committee, and represents TASH on the national Universal Design for Learning Task Force. 


Krestin Radonovich, Ph.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor, Division of Pediatric Neurology, College of Medicine    

Dr. Radonovich completed her doctoral degree at the University of Florida, where she trained in the Neuropsychology. Dr. Radonovich has extensive training in neuropsychological assessment of adults and children. Some of her research experience includes published work using fMRI to analyze the role of limbic regions in language production in adults. Dr. Radonovich completed her clinical internship at the Kennedy Krieger Institute/Johns Hopkins University where she trained in Neuropsychology and Behavioral Psychology, and post-doctoral training at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. This position allowed her to further expand her experience in neuropsychological clinical research and make strides towards becoming an independent clinical investigator. She joined the Department of Psychiatry in 2004 as an assistant professor. Her research interests are the relationship of motor and cognitive function in autism and early development.


Stacey Reynolds, Ph.D., OTR/L

Assistant Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy, Virginia Commonwealth University 

Dr. Reynolds completed her Ph.D. in Health Related Science at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2007. Her research has focused on investigating physiologic stress reactivity patterns in children with Sensory Processing Disorder, and characterizing behavioral and physiological patterns of sensory processing in children with ADHD, Autism and Mood Disorders. Her current research, conducted through collaborations with the Department of Psychology at UF, is focused on developing an animal model for studying sensory processing disorders and examining the neurobiological basis for atypical sensory and motor behaviors. Dr. Reynolds has over five years of clinical experience working with children and teaches courses in pediatric occupational therapy intervention and assessment. 


Greg Valcante, Ph.D. 

Director, Center for Autism and Related Disabilities, University of Florida 

Dr. Valcante received his Bachelors and Masters Degrees from the College of William and Mary in Virginia and his Ph.D. from the University of Florida.  He has served as the Director of the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities since the CARD Centers were developed 18 years ago.  As such, he is dedicated to the growth and development of the CARD Centers and their mission of service to individuals with autism and related disabilities along with their families.  Dr. Valcante has worked as a teacher, adminsitrator and researcher in the field of autism for 35 years.  He has authored a number of research publications and presented both nationally and internationally. 


Timothy Vollmer, Ph.D. 

Professor, Department Psychology, University of Florida

Director, Florida Association for Behavior Analysis Society for the Experimental Analysis of Behavior

Timothy R. Vollmer received his Ph.D. from the University of Florida in 1992. From 1992 until 1996 he was on the psychology faculty at Louisiana State University. From 1996 to 1998 he was on the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania Medical School. He returned to the University of Florida in 1998 and is now a Professor of Psychology. His primary area of research is applied behavior analysis, with emphases in developmental disabilities, reinforcement schedules, and parenting. He has published over 100 articles and book chapters related to behavior analysis. He was the recipient of the 1996 B.F. Skinner New Researcher award from the American Psychological Association (APA). He received another APA award in August, 2004, for significant contributions to applied behavior analysis. 


Nancy M. Worthington, MD

Pediatrician and Owner, Worthington Pediatrics 

Dr. Worthington graduated from Eastern Virginia Medical School in 1982. She completed her internship at Shands Teaching Hospital then returned to Virginia to complete her residency at the Childrens’ Hospital of the Kings Daughters.  Dr. Worthington is in private practice in Gainesville, Florida. Over the past four years, she has studied extensively on the medical issues underlying children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. Published evidence supports the clinical picture that autism involves multiple systems—brain, gastrointestinal, immune, endocrine, metabolic—and that they are deeply interconnected. Each child has their own combination of issues and needs help at multiple levels to achieve their full potential. 

Calling all artists! 

At the 2012 Symposium, IMPACT Autism is featuring artwork created by individuals on the spectrum in a silent auction to raise money for UF's Center for Autism and Related Disabilities.


Do you or someone you know have artwork you would like to donate to this cause? 

Please email us at to find out how you can help us support UF CARD!