The Autism Special Needs Conference will bring some heavy hitters to O'Fallon on April 26.
* Eustacia Cutler, mother of Temple Grandin, one of the most accomplished spokesmen on autism worldwide. Cutler will discuss her award-winning documentaries on challenged and emotionally disquieted children.
* Former Major League Baseball player Darryl Strawberry and his wife Tracy, motivational speakers who minister to people suffering from afflictions that are destroying their lives and relationships.
* James Ball, a board-certified behavior analyst, who has been working in the autism field for 25 years.
The conference, presented by the Autism/Special Needs Institute of America, begins at 7 a.m. April 26 at the Hilton Garden Inn in O'Fallon.
7 a.m. -- Registration and free continental breakfast
8:30 a.m. -- speaker Eustacia Cutler
10:30 a.m. -- speakers Darryl and Tracy Strawberry
1 and 3 p.m. -- speaker James Ball
Conference participants will learn to identify early signs and symptoms of autism; recognize how autism affects the family; design a custom intervention plan for your child; identify autism myths and misconceptions.
Admission to the conference is $125 in advance. A group rate of 25 percent off is offered when 10 or more tickets are purchased at one time. Visit www.asnioa.com/ofallon13 for more information. Registration at the door is $10 extra per ticket.