The Center for START Services staff would like to extend a sincere thank you to all of the START network members, presenters, and volunteers who participated in the inaugural START National Training Institute (SNTI) March 14 - 16, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. Thank you so much for being a part of our first annual Instititute! We hope to see you our 2017 SNIT April 30 - May 2 at Doral Arrowwood Conference Center in Rye Brook, Westchester County, New York. Click here to learn more about 2017 SNTI.
A Word From Dr. Beasley
“We received feedback from participants that the SNTI was a rousing success, and this was due to all of the START Network members who brought knowledge, enthusiasm and love of learning to every aspect of the experience. We could not have had a better event. The talent, knowledge and vast experience of presenters inspired us all. The creative posters portrayed how far the START Network has come. Our “Atlanta SNTI village" contained a learning community that I was proud to be a part of and sorry to leave. Looking forward to next year! Congrats to all on this extraordinary achievement.”
Quotes from Our Keynote Speakers
Opening the SNTI were our keynote mother/daughter speakers Melanie and Phyllis Hecker, who spoke on “ASD and Bi-Polar Disorder: A Self-Advocate and Parent Perspective”. Also presenting a keynote presentation were the Shut-Up Sisters, Patricia Terrasi and Gina Terrasi-Gallagher, with their presentation entitled, “The Movement of Imperfection”, providing the parental perspective on the joys and challenges of raising children with differences in a world preoccupied with perfection. The SNTI closed with a surprise keynote presentation by Dr. Karyn Harvey, who shared with the audience the power of positive regard.
"If you have met one person with Autism, you have met one person with Autism"
- Melanie Hecker
"My daughter, with her disability, is stronger and more confident than I was without one." -Gina Terrasi-Gallagher