Annual Conference 2015


Autism: Lifelong Learning

March 27-28, 2015 • Hilton University Place • Charlotte

The 2015 conference is a two-day event featuring nationally and internationally recognized speakers and topics of interest to all members of the autism community. From the acclaimed Drs. Robert and Lynn Koegel and Dr. Geri Dawson to medications, sexuality, transition, employment, and a panel of self-advocates who are part of a remarkable community center, you will learn from others and take home ideas and strategies that can help you along your journey with autism.

Conference program

Friday begins the conference with an all-day presentation by Drs. Lynn and Robert Koegel of the Koegel Autism Center at the University of California, Santa Barbara. The Koegels developed Pivotal Response Treatment (PRT), a highly acclaimed, evidence-based intervention for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

The Saturday program includes concurrent sessions, allowing attendees to choose from topics related to school, small businesses, medications, and adult issues. Speakers will include:

  • Dr. Geri Dawson of the Duke Autism Program and co-creator of the Early Start Denver Model
  • Dr. Jim Bodfish of Vanderbilt University
  • Dr. Mary Van Borgondien of the TEACCH Autism Program
  • classroom experts
  • several small-business creators who employ adults with autism

Throughout the two-day conference, self-advocates, families affected by autism, and professionals in the autism field will have the opportunity to network, learn more about available resources, meet with a variety of businesses that support the autism community, shop our bookstore, and earn continuing education units (CEUs).


Register today

To register for the conference, click here.

Early-bird rates have been extended until midnight Monday, February 23. After that time, rates will increase by $20. Register early, because in the past, the conference has sold out. The conference can accommodate 420 people on Friday; Saturday's attendance is limited to 380.

Conference fees are:

  • $270, $220, or $180 (full-conference rate for parent/professional, student, or self-advocate)
  • $155, $130, or $110 (single-day rate for parent/professional, student, or self-advocate)

Conference fees include:

  • access to all sessions (based on the day(s) selected)
  • all handouts
  • continental breakfast, refreshments, and lunch
  • exhibit hall access

For information on financial assistance, click here.

Earn the following continuing education credits through our Educational Partner, the Charlotte AHEC. Continuing Education Units will be offered for an additional $35.

  • Charlotte AHEC has approved this activity for Continuing Education Units (CEUs).
  • Charlotte AHEC is recognized by the National Board for Certified Counselors to offer continuing education for National Certified Counselors. We adhere to NBCC Continuing Education Guidelines, Provider # 5096. No partial credits will be awarded. The Charlotte AHEC is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program.
  • Charlotte AHEC is an approved provider by the North Carolina Psychology Board and designates Contact Hours (Category A) for NC Psychologists. Hear from nationally known experts, trainers, fellow parents, and self-advocates.

Special hotel rates

Overnight rooms at the Hilton are available at a discounted rate of $95/night, plus taxes and fees, through February 28. Click here to reserve your room. We strongly encourage anyone attending the conference to stay at the Hilton and enjoy the convenience of staying at the event.

For a few of our photos from the 2014 event, please click here.