Conference and workshop

Annual Conference

Friday October 18th 2019

9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
From 8:15 a.m., visit the exhibitors’ room!

Dre Cindy Schneider                                                                                                                                         English presentation

Cost :
Parents, individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), students : $30
Professionals : $70

Hellenic Community of Greater Montreal
5757 Wilderton Avenue, H3S 2K8 (Université de Montréal Station)

* Limited parking is available in the neighbouring streets, the use of public transportation is strongly recommended.

Online registration click here


Autism and related neurological issues

Neurolgy, as it relates to autism, is often more accurately referred to as neuroimmunology. The immune system and nervous system are intricately related and abnormalities in both are often found in individuals with autism.

Dr. Cindy Schneider will present an overview of basic neurology, outline many of the neurological findings associated with autism, and explain the relationship between neurological symptoms and immune dysfunction. Evidence of neurological inflammation and immune dysregulation in autism will be reviewed and treatment options will be discussed.

Some of the topics that will be presented include Cerebral Folate Deficiency (CFD), as well as seizures/epilepsy, neurotoxins, the endocannabinoid system and the use of cannabidiol (CBD) products, hormonal influences on the nervous system, and mitochondrial disease. Optimizing neurological function can only be achieved when the immune, metabolic, and nutritional needs of a person with autism are fully addressed and this will be the focus of this symposium.


Dr. Cindy Schneider is the Medical Director of CARE, the Center for Autism Research and Education. Her integrative medical practice is exclusively dedicated to individuals with autism and related neurological and immune disorders. 

Dr. Schneider obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Illinois.  She then completed both medical school and her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Illinois College of Medicine and practiced obstetrics and gynecology from 1990-1998.  This background provided a comprehensive understanding and appreciation of fetal development and the dangers posed by environmental toxins, viral infections, and nutritional deficiencies.

She is also on the faculty at MAPS, the Medical Academy of Pediatric Special Needs, where she teaches neurology, immunology, and advanced biomedical interventions to physicians seeking a deeper understanding of functional medicine.  She lectures throughout the world on these and other topics relating to autism and other environmentally induced neurological disorders.

Exhibitors’ Room

Would you like to be one of the exhibitors and rent a table? Please contact our Responsable of Events, at 514-524-6114, ext. 3142!

To have a look at our visibility plan, PLAN DE VISIBILITÉ 2019.

Information session 


September 19th 2019
7:00 p.m.
4450, Saint-Hubert, room 434                                                                                                                Free for members 
20 $ for non-members

Children and teenagers with an autism spectrum disorder often have comorbidities that may sometimes be the cause of great suffering and have an impact on daily functioning. Medication can be used to help them and allow them to benefit from strategies implemented for them. During this presentation, we will talk about these comorbidities and the medication groups that may be used. We will also focus on some side effects that are sometimes more pronounced for our children and teenagers with ASD, while maintaining the principle: “most of all do not harm”.


Dr. Sylvain Palardy is a psychiatrist and he is currently working at the Centre d’Évaluation Neuropsychologique et
d’Aide à l’Apprentissage (CÉNAA).
Throughout his practice of more than 30 years, among other things, Dr. Palardy has managed a specialized clinic for young children at the Centre hospitalier universitaire Sainte-Justine and he has worked for a clinic dedicated to children and teenagers with an autism spectrum disorder and other problems, such as attention disorder and anxiety disorders. Clinical assistant professor at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Montreal, he has supervised several future psychiatry specialists and was the Director of the psychiatry department of his University from 1998 to 2005. He has also presented numerous conferences in the health and school networks. His clinical interests include early childhood, autism spectrum disorder and its comorbidities, ADHD, maltreatment and post-traumatic stress disorder.

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