The Santa Barbara Chamber of Commerce has named Drs. Robert and Lynn Koegel the winners of their Innovator Business Star Award for the second quarter of 2010. This award is presented to those who have made a significant innovative contribution to positively impacting our world and past winners include university chancellors, Nobel laureates, architects, researchers, and inventors. The Koegels were acknowledged for their leadership of the Koegel Austism Clinic at UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz School. The Koegel Autism Center is recognized by the National Academy of Sciences as one of the top 10 facilities in the nation for its research and training in the areas of language development, parent and teacher education.
The Koegel Autism Research and Training Center, overseen by Drs. Robert and Lynn Koegel, is dedicated to improving the lives and prognoses of children with autism, as well as the lives of their families. It offers a state-of-the-art behavioral approach to autistic children. It is also the home of the Eli & Edythe L. Broad Center for Asperger Research – the first research and training facility in the United States devoted to developing treatments and ultimately finding a cure for individuals with Asperger’s Syndrome, a prevalent form of high functioning autism characterized by difficulties with social communication. The Broad Center develops and refines the Koegels’ research-based model for intervention and support for children and adults with Asperger’s Syndrome.
Award winners will be invited to attend a Chamber of Commerce board and business leaders meeting for recognition. They will be recognized in the CoC’s newsletter, on its website (sbchamber.org), on its radio program (1290AM, Wednesdays, 11 am-12 noon), in print ads, and at the annual dinner. They will be presented with an engraved, symbolic star. They will be invited to the Chamber’s annual dinner for recognition. The board will select annual winners in each of the four categories, from the quarterly winners, for recognition at the annual dinner.
[Robert and Lynn Koegel are available for interviews; contact George Yatchisin at 805 893 5789]
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