At the 14th Annual Trends in Autism Conference at Western University of Health Sciences, parents and adults with autism, health professionals, therapists and teachers will come together with the common goal of “Putting the Puzzle Pieces Together.”

The conference will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 18, 2015 in WesternU’s Health Education Center, 701 E. Second St., Pomona, Calif. 91766. The keynote speaker will be Patricia S. Lemer, MEd, NCC, MSBus, author of “Outsmarting Autism: The Ultimate Guide to Management, Healing, and Prevention.” Her topic will be “Thinking Beyond Labels: Why So Many Developmental Problems and What We Can Do About It.”

Lemer is a Licensed Professional Counselor, and practiced as an educational diagnostician for more than 40 years. She lectures internationally on developmental delays, including autism spectrum disorders.

Lillian Vasquez will serve as Master of Ceremonies. Vasquez is the mother of a son with autism, and is founder and director of the KVCR Autism Initiative, which has a mission to achieve positive actions that substantially reduce the negative impacts of autism.

Author and founder of autismcollege.com Chantal Sicile-Kira, who served as the 2014 Trends in Autism Conference keynote speaker, will participate in an adult transition panel discussion.

The conference will follow two tracks, one for parents and families and one for clinicians and scientists. Click here for the agenda. The Trends in Autism Conference is organized by WesternU’s Faculty for Autism Collaboration and Education (FACE), an interprofessional team of educators, clinicians and researchers that promotes integrated perspectives, activities and resources that serve to enhance the lives of individuals with ASD, and the lives of their significant others. Click here to register for the conference.