More than 500 people attended the 11th annual Heartland Latino Leadership Conference and Expo last weekend, an event aimed to strengthen the community through education, communication and engagement.
The conference was held over a two-day period at the Embassy Suites in LaVista, the Kroc Center and the First National Bank Tower Winter Garden downtown. The event included prominent speakers such as NASA astronaut Jose Hernandez, business leader and entrepreneur Deborah Rosado Shaw and motivational speaker Gabe Salazar.
Asperger's Syndrome, or AS, is a common condition part of a larger subset of developmental disorders collectively known as the autism spectrum. Individuals who have AS are often very intelligent and have focused and narrowly defined interests, but have difficulty understanding and interpreting social cues, such as tone of voice and body language. Often they seem aloof, uncaring or even rude, when in reality they simply don't understand. They must be taught the social skills that their typically developing peers learn naturally, which can be a laborious process.