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Media Contact: Kathi Baker 05 May 2006
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Assistant Director of Emory Autism Center Chairs Atlanta 5K Walk
WALK NOW Atlanta, Saturday, May 6, 2006, Turner Field, 8 a.m.-12 p.m.

The Cure Autism Now Foundation selected Sheila Wagner, MEd, as the Honorary Co-Chair for this year's WALK NOW Atlanta 5K, an event to raise funds for autism research, awareness and outreach programs. Ms. Wagner is assistant director of the Emory Autism Center, and associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Emory University.

"It is an honor for me to be appointed as chair for the WALK NOW Atlanta 5K," says Ms. Wagner. "I am proud to be associated with this group of highly motivated individuals who have come together to insure that autism research is funded, and education and community programs are supported. Cure Autism Now is a parent-based organization that has become one of the leading fund-raising organizations in the United States, raising more than $31 million for autism."

Ms. Wagner earned her undergraduate degree in education from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, and her graduate degree from Georgia State University. She is a former special education teacher and has been a teacher consultant on educating students with autism for over 20 years.

Ms. Wagner serves as the program coordinator for the MONARCH School Program (K-12), a program that organizes workshops to help educators learn the best strategies for teaching students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). She is a teacher and school consultant throughout the State of Georgia, and is a national and international lecturer on educating students with ASD. She is the project director for a multi-county Inclusion Project, affecting over 600 students with ASD, and is a long-term member of the Emory Autism Center's diagnostic team.

Ms. Wagner has authored three publications about ASD, including Inclusive Programming for Elementary Students with Autism; Inclusive Programming for the Middle School Student with Autism and Asperger's Syndrome; and Understanding Asperger's Syndrome: Fast Facts.

Ms. Wagner is joined as Co-Chair by Catherine Rice, PhD, epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and part-time diagnostician at the Emory Autism Center.

About Cure Autism Now Cure Autism Now is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and funding autism research and accelerating the pace of scientific progress toward effective treatments and a cure for autism, including the establishment and ongoing support of the Autism Genetic Resource Exchange (AGRE). Cure Autism Now has chapters in Atlanta, Boston, Dallas/Fort Worth, Hawaii, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Orange County, Orlando, Philadelphia, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, DC.

For more information: 888 8-AUTISM or www.walknow.org ###



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