NEW YORK, July 31, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Major breakthroughs in autism spectrum disorder (ASD) research and policy were featured at ICare4Autism's annual international autism conference which commenced on Monday, June 30th at Hotel Pennsylvania in New York City. Top national and international experts on ASDs discussed medical advances, evidenced-based practices and innovative initiatives in music, movement and technology. The 3-day conference featured Dr. Joshua Weinstein, founder and CEO of ICare4Autism who welcomed hundreds of guests from all over the country and globe, representing autistics, parents, teachers, therapists, behavior analysts, practitioners and researchers. Dr. Weinstein spoke about neuro-diversity and opportunities for autistics in the workplace, and promotion of self advocacy. The ICare4Autism International Autism Conference was dedicated to the Global Autism Workforce Initiative, featuring keynote speaker Randy Lewis, former Senior VP of Walgreens' logistics division, and guest speaker Ari Ne'eman, president of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network. There was a moving musical performance by an inspirational and the talented Christopher Duffley, a blind and autistic 13-year-old who sang "Lean on me" who wowed the audience with his tremendous voice and poise.