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Autism and Neurodevelopment Disorders Focus of Presentations

Bryan H. King, MD, Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Seattle Children’s Autism Center, will deliver the Frank J. Menolascino MD Memorial Lecture on Thursday, Nov. 15 from noon- 1 p.m. in the Harper Center Auditorium at Creighton University here in Omaha.

His lecture, “Autism: The Intersection of Psychiatric and Developmental Disorders: Déjà vu All Over Again” will address the startling increases being reported for the rates of children being born with Autistic Spectrum Disorders. Dr. King is a national expert in Autism, and has been a member of the complex DSM-5 Task Force. He specializes in the psychiatric aspects of neurodevelopmental disorders, specifically the pathogenesis and treatment of severe behavioral disturbance in autism. The event is free and open to the public. A welcoming reception will begin at 11:45 a.m.

Following the noon lecture, there will be additional presentations including a keynote lecture entitled “When Worlds Collide: Clinicians, Lawyers & Advocates Collaborating to Secure the Civil Rights of Persons With Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities” by Bruce Mason, JD. Atty. Mason, a long time advocate for civil rights and social justice, worked in unison with Dr. Frank Menolascino in their pioneering work here in Nebraska to secure the treatment rights for the mentally disabled.

Atty Mason’s presentation will be followed with a 2:15 expert panel which will discuss current and future treatment hopes, and will include Mark Fleisher MD, Professor of Psychiatry and Director of Neurodevelopmental Psychiatry Services here at the UNMC, Robert Fletcher DSW and CEO of the National Association for the Dually Diagnosed, along with Dr. King.

The Menolascino lecture series is presented in memory of Frank Menolascino, M.D., longtime chair of psychiatry at UNMC. Menolascino garnered international attention to and improvements in the comprehensive and humane care of persons with mental retardation.

The event is sponsored by the FJ Menolascino Foundation, Creighton University School of Medicine, and the Owen Foundation, along with additional support from University of Nebraska Medical Center, Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska, the National Association for the Dually Diagnosed and Disability Rights Nebraska.

Registration for this free event can be done online at

For more information, including attaining continuing education credits, call Creighton University Health Sciences Continuing Education at (402)-280-1830 or go to the Frank J Menolascino Foundation.

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