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.

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.

Saturday 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 VanBorgondien of the TEACCH Autism Program, classroom experts, and several small-business creators who employ adults with autism. The Saturday program includes concurrent sessions, allowing attendees to choose from topics related to school, small businesses, medications, and adult issues.

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).

It is important to register early. The conference can accomodate 420 people on Friday; Saturday's attendance is limited to 380.

Conference fees are:

  • $250, $200, or $160 (full-conference rate for parent/professional, student, and self-advocate)
  • $135, $110, or $90 (single-day rate for parent/professional, student, and 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

To register for the conference, click here.

Continuing education units will be offered at an additional cost. The amount of credits and fees have yet to be determined.

Overnight rooms at the Hilton are available at a discounted rate of $95/night, plus taxes and fees. 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.

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