Meet Professor Tony Attwood
Best-selling author who has helped hundreds of thousands of families and individuals in managing the steps on their journey with Autism Spectrum Disorder, coming to Charlotte/Concord, NC, October 19th.
Anita Lesko, Diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome
United Nations Guest Speaker, Certified Nurse Anesthesiologist, Military Aviation Photojournalist
Meet Professor Tony Attwood
Tony wrote the groundbreaking book Asperger’s Syndrome, which would become the bible of Asperger’s. He has over 30 years of experience with the autism spectrum and his works are among the best in the field.
Anita Lesko, United Nations Guest Speaker
From being bullied to the speaking at the United Nations... Anita provides an insider's perspective on perseverance, optimism and Asperger's.

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Great Wolf Lodge
Concord, NC
Great Wolf Lodge
Concord, NC


Join Future Horizons for
“ASD & Bullying: Managing Anxiety and Depression from Childhood to Adulthood”
with Dr. Tony Attwood and Anita Lesko in Charlotte, NC
on October 19, 2018


Professor Tony Attwood, Ph.D.


Dr. Tony Attwood, A clinical psychologist from Brisbane, has over 30 years of experience with individuals with autism, Asperger’s syndrome, and Pervasive Development Disorder (PDD). In addition to the workshops he provides all around the world, Dr. Attwood is a prolific author of scientific papers and books. His works on Asperger’s syndrome and high-functioning autism are recognized as the best offerings in the field.

Learning Objectives:

  • The effects of bullying and teasing on behavior and mental health
  • Emotion management for anxiety and depression
  • The learning profile associated with ASD

Financial and Non-Financial Disclosures

Watch Professor Tony Attwood with Children


Anita Lesko
Anita Lesko, BSN,RN,MS,CRNA

ASD:  Bulling and the Transition to Adulthood

Anita Lesko, Joining Dr. Tony with a personal testimonial will be Anita Lesko. Anita will speak to the effects of bullying she faced in her childhood up to her present adult years. Anita was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome at age fifty. Having been honored by the United Nations as a guest speaker for National Autism Day in 2017, Anita is an advocate for people with Asperger’s Syndrome. She started a support group for people of all ages with Asperger’s and their families and friends, which meets monthly. She is the Founder of the Flying High with Autism Foundation, as well as founder and CEO of Born With Asperger’s—an educational and helpful site not only for people with Asperger’s, but their families, employers, fellow employees, educators, neighbors, and anyone who might know someone with Asperger’s.

Her books include: Asperger’s Syndrome: When Life Hands you Lemons, Make Lemonade, The Blue Angel, co-author of Been There. Done That. Try This!, An Aspie’s Guide to Life on Earth The Aspie Mentor Guide to Life on Earth, a featured chapter in Dr. Temple Grandin’s book Different . . . Not Less, and Lesko’s latest book, The Complete Guide to Autism and Healthcare: Advice for Medical Professionals and Those on the Autism Spectrum.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss the importance of not focusing on a label
  • Explain the importance of getting out and DOING STUFF
  • Determine methods to overcome obstacles and reaching goals

Financial and Non-Financial Disclosures




This course is offered for up to 0.6 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area)



Future Horizons is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Future Horizons maintains responsibility for this program and its content.



 Future Horizons ACE #1018 is approved as a provider for continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards ( ASWB).



Future Horizons is an American Occupational Therapy Association
(AOTA) approved provider of continuing education. This conference is offered for 0.6 CEUs. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

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Charlotte, NC
Friday October 19th

Autism Conference Schedule:

7:00am Registration & Continental Breakfast
7:50 Announcements
8:00 Dr. Tony Attwood
9:30 Break
10:00 Dr. Tony Attwood & Anita Lesko
11:30 – 12:30 Lunch on your own
12:30 Dr. Tony Attwood
2:00 Break
2:30 Dr. Tony Attwood (continued)
4:00 Conference Ends

About the Venue:

Great Wolf Lodge – Charlotte/Concord*

White Pine Ballroom.
10175 Weddington Road
Concord, NC 28027

*Family Suite $139.99 with access to waterpark using reservation #AUTIPlease call 1-866-751-9653 for this special offer.
Valid until Tuesday September 18th, 2018.


Registration is Simple!

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  • Call in Registration:  General booking and ASA Members please call this number for registration: +1 (800) 489-0727
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Group discounts available for 5+ attendees
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Autism Conference with Dr. Tony Attwood & Anita Lesko
Charlotte, NC
Friday October 19th

The Autism Conference has been cancelled, out of respect to the victims of the recent hurricane.  Our staff is working hard to communicate with the ticket holders to enable a refund for everyone.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of North Carolina and all areas devastated by the hurricane.

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