Scott Kramer, an autistic adult and program director of the GCA Centre for Adult Autism, will host the first adult autism conference in Chattanooga.

The InauguralTri-StateAdult Autism Symposium Conference is the first autism conference east of the Mississippi to focus fully on adult autism themes, according to a news release. The conference will look at employment, independent living, social relationships, research, and health and wellness.

Kramer talked with 25 executive directors in the disability community from Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama, according to the news release.


“The overwhelming responses that the directors gave convinced me that I had found a gold mine of an opportunity to reach out to the adult autism community in those three states,” he said in a prepared statement.

Approximately 1 to 1.5 percent of this country’s population is autistic, according to the news release.

Roughly 190,000 autistic adults live in the area that the conference is focusingon serving.

“Countless numbers of autistic adults never had their social needs met in childhood, so those needs exist to this day,” Kramer said. “What this conference does is have social networking events take place the day before and day of the conference, so the social needs of these individuals can be better met.”

The conference will take place July 22 at Red Bank Baptist Church, located at 4000 Dayton Blvd. The first session starts at 8:45 a.m.

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For more information about the GCA Centre for Adult Autism, click here.