CLEVELAND — The National Autism Conference kicks off in Cleveland today.
Milestones Autism Resources says its annual event brings together 1,200 professionals, parents and individuals with autism for speakers, networking and support.
New this year, there will be an art exhibit. It will feature works done by artists with autism spectrum disorder.
There will also be a new portion dedicated to housing issues. Milestones says there are more than 850,000 adults with developmental disabilities living with an aging caregiver right now.
They will talk about the best current, and emerging housing options, plus how best to pay for, and plan for, a forever home for an adult with ASD.
Also new this year, a deep dive into two areas: The impact of mental health conditions like depression and anxiety on a person with ASD, and exploring the use of speech-generating devices for people who don't develop vocal communication.
The conference runs June 11-12 at the I-X Center.
Register here for the conference.