Published: Apr 13, 2012 5:25 PM EDT
Updated: Apr 13, 2012 6:00 PM EDT

ESTERO, Fla.- As autism research has been on the rise, so has the attention the developmental disorder has recieved.

Saturday, on the campus of FGCU, parents of autistic children can hear from some of the leading names in the field. The event will take place at Alico Arena and 2,200 people are already signed up to attend the conference.

One of the keynote speakers, Dr. Temple Grandin, recently had a movie made about her life. It focused on how she overcame severe autism and went on to have a successful career.

The discussion at the event will cover new research being done on autism, what is known about the disorder and what is still a mystery. The main focus will be early intervention and ways to help the child overcome the obstacles associated with autism.

The conference is free. More for information and to sign up, click here.