Engulfed by the Spectrum: The Impact of the Growing Prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorders on Law and Policy

Engulfed by the Spectrum: The Impact of the Growing Prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorders on Law and Policy


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Thursday, February 2, 2012
4:00pm Eastern - 5:00PM Eastern
Location: Online

About the Webinar:

The growing prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorders(ASD) has had a profound, but often unseen, impact on law and policy.  This webinar will review the huge volume of cases in federal and state courts in the areas of vaccinations, special education and early intervention and family law involving ASD.  It will also provide an overview of legislative enactments, particularly by state legislatures, of new laws concerning ASD.  Many of these changes in law and policy not only impact children with ASD but those will other developmental disabilities as well.  This webinar attempts to both bring attention to the extensive impact of ASD cases and legislation as well as  begins to analyze the ramifications of
this new reality.

Sheryl Dicker, J.D.
Faculty/Parent Advocate
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Social and Family Medicine
Rose F. Kennedy Center
Yeshiva University/Albert Einstein College of Medicine



This Webinar will take place on  Thursday, February 2nd from 4:00PM to 5:00PM Eastern Standard Time. The visual portion of the webinar will be conducted via GoToMeeting and the audio portion via telephone or VoIP (requires microphone and speakers).  After registration you will be given a unique web address for viewing the webinar and audio information.

Speaker Bio

Ms. Dicker has worked for over three decades on behalf of poor and disabled children in Pennsylvania, Arkansas and New York.  In those intervening years she was a legal services attorney and program director, a foundation project director,a state official in Arkansas and New York and a member of the faculty at Einstein College of Medicine.

Sheryl Dicker retired after almost 16 years as the Executive Director of the New York Permanent Judicial Commission on Justice for Children, the nation's first children's commission based in the judiciary.  New York's Chief Judge Judith Kaye chairs the Commission and its membership is composed of judges, lawyers, pediatricians, psychologists, advocates and policy experts.  Under Ms. Dicker's direction, it secured  passage of the 1992 and 1993 Early Intervention laws,  established the nation's only statewide system of Children's Centers in the courts providing a safe haven for children in the courts and a site to connect children and families with vital services.  She is the founder of the Babies Can't Wait project funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a court based initiative to promote the healthy development and permanency of infants in the foster care system. In l983, Ms. Dicker was appointed by then Gov. Bill Clinton as  General Counsel for the Arkansas Department of Human Services.  In l996, she participated  on the President's Domestic Policy Council's workgroup on child welfare and was present at the White House for the signing of the Adoption and Safe Families Act.  In 1999, President Clinton appointed her to the President's Committee on Mental Retardation(PCMR).

    Ms. Dicker has written extensively on the needs of children in the child welfare and disability systems.  In addition to dozens of publications on the health and developmental needs of children in foster care, she is also the author of a book,  Stepping Stones: Successful Advocacy for Children(Foundation for Child Development l990) and the recently released, Reversing the Odds: Improving Outcomes for Babies in the Child Welfare System( Paul H. Brookes Publishing 2009).

In April 2008, she joined the faculty of the Department  of Pediatrics with a secondary appointment in Social and Family Medicine at the Children's Hospital at Montefiore/ Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She is also a faculty member at the Rose Kennedy Center , a center for excellence in developmental disabilities.


For more information contact Jennifer Bogin, Project Manager at AUCD

Please Note- There is NO cost for this webinar!

This webinar will be archived and can be viewed 3-5 days following the event

This Webinar is in part made possible with support from The Maternal and Child Health Bureau and the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities at the CDC