35th Annual Celiac Support Association Conference - "Charting the Course"

October 4-6, 2012 -  Hauppauge, Long Island, NY

Each year the Celiac Support Association invites presenters from a broad spectrum of disciplines to share their expertise related to celiac disease and gluten-induced sensitivity. Researchers, healthcare professionals, dietitians, authors, chefs, restaurant owners, and gluten-­free food vendors from across the United States attend to network with individuals with celiac disease and those living gluten-free. The Celiac Support Association is pleased to be working with our local host, CSA Long Island Celiacs Chapter #23.

Celiac Disease ConferenceRegistration Form 
Registration open Thursday 4 pm -8 pm; Friday and Saturday 7:30 am -4 pm
Pre-­Conference Activities

Thursday, October 4 - “Leadership ABOARD!”

  • Tour - "Discover Historic Stony Brook" (Tour cost $45) - 12:30-4:00 p.m.
  • Leadership Meeting - all are welcome
  • Reception and Wine Tasting
  • Clambake
  • Governing Board Meeting 4 - 5 p.m.

Schedule  Attendee Program

Friday, October 5 - “Sailing the Waters”    Speakers begin 8 am

In conjunction with Columbia University, New York, expert speakers in the field of celiac disease will present educational sessions about celiac disease, related diseases and the gluten-free lifestyle. Evening sessions will provide opportunity for group discussions of the day's topics.   Celiac Sprue Association Annual Membership Meeting.

Friday Presenters 

Celiac Disease Conference

Saturday, October 6 - “Navigating the Shoals” 
             Shoals are the sandbars encountered along the way 

Saturday Presenters

 Exhibit Hall Open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

  • CSA KidZone and CSA TeenScene
  • Making a Difference Forum and 
  • Round Table Sessions and Presentation of Current Topics may include:
    • Food skills with Rebecca Reilly
    • 504 Plans for Schools
    • Tax Deductions for Gluten-Free Foods
    • Affordability of Hospitalization
    • Insurance Issues and Health Savings Accounts
    • Legislative Advocacy
    • Social Media opportunities, blogs 
  • Inspirational Words from Mrs. Alaska, Brandy Wendler, RN, MSN, ACNP-BC
    Also will inspire during the Dinner Hour
  • Book signing 

Special Session for Food Service and Restaurant Representatives  

This special interest session will focus on implementing procedures for the gluten-free diet in all areas of public food service, including restaurants, hospitals, nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Includes Exhibit Hall and gluten-free lunch. A certificate of attendance will be awarded.

Youth and Young Adult Programs 

Saturday,  October  6

Mike  Mailand, program director, will visit via phone and email with parents prior to the conference. A parent or guardian must be registered for a child to attend.

  • CSA KidZone  -­  ages 7-­11  -­  coordinated by Mike Mailand, includes educational activities, gluten-­free cooking, Exhibit Hall visits,  shopping and label reading skills, and meeting with experts in the field.
  • CSA  TeenScene  -­  ages  12-­16  -­  coordinated by Mike Mailand Includes educational activities, gluten-­free cooking, Exhibit Hall visits,  shopping and label reading skills, and meeting with experts in the field.

Tracy  Keegan, founder of Boston Children’s Hospital children’s program, works extensively with visual  programs pertaining to celiac  disease. She will be present to consult with the children and their parents.

  • CSA  Young  Adults  -­  ages  17-­21 - Young adults network with other young adults while attending all educational sessions and the Exhibit Hall.


Post-Conference Tour

Sunday, October 7- "A Glimpse of the Past" - Tour Cost $63.00

Depart 9:00 a.m. from the Hyatt Regency for the short drive to Huntington. Visit Walt Whitman's birthplace for a tour and a short film. Our guide will take us on a driving tour of part of this famous area before we arrive at Planting FIelds in the Gold Coast of Long Island. A gluten-free lunch will be available. Guided tour of the gardens and the Coe Hall Mansion, which at one time belonged to the Rockefeller Family. Return to the hotel at 4:00 p.m. The tour includes round trip motor coach, experienced guide, and admissions to the attractions.