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The day begins with a keynote address by Donvan and Zucker: “In a Different Key: The Story of Autism.” This talk will share information gleaned in researching their book of the same title. The authors go back to the first person to be diagnosed in the United States and share how he is doing today. Founding families of the Autism Society of North Carolina and programs in our state are featured in their book. Both Donvan and Zucker have family members on the autism spectrum.

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Conference Rates General registration Individual w/ASD one day..........$135 one day............$90 two days........$250 two days........$160

College student one day..........$110 two days........$200

The first group of concurrent workshops are:

Registration includes access to lectures and the exhibit hall, a conference program and handouts, continental breakfast, lunch, and break refreshments.

“Sensory Involvement and Practical Strategies”: Linda King-

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Thomas, OTR/L, C/NDT, who is the founder of Developmental Therapy Associates (DTA) in Durham, will provide an overview of common sensory challenges experienced by individuals on the autism spectrum and strategies that can help overcome them. King-Thomas brings a wealth of experience and success to her talk.

“Autism and Anxiety: Strategies that Help”: Holly Moses, MS, BCBA, brings more than 17 years of experience working with individuals with autism to her presentation. Anxiety and its impact on individuals with autism can be debilitating, even leading to depression. This talk will break down some of the causes of anxiety in those with autism and provide practical tips to help parents and professionals reduce anxiety and its impact. After lunch, our second group of concurrent sessions will examine effective interventions and treatments and how autism affects family dynamics.

“LifeLong Interventions Do Work Across the Lifespan”:

More and more, families want to know which treatments work. Dr. Aleck Myers and Whitney Luffman, MA, LPA, BCBA, of ASNC’s clinical team will discuss how to evaluate treatments and research on their effectiveness across the lifespan. This session will provide tips and information for parents of all ages.

“Autism in the Family: Moving Beyond Surviving to Thriving”: Stephanie Holmes, MA, is a licensed counselor in Georgia and a certified autism specialist. Building on her family’s experience after her oldest daughter was diagnosed and her work with families, she will share how your family can maintain strong relationships while supporting your loved one with autism.

The final keynote session will feature Kirk Herbertson, a man with Asperger’s Syndrome, who has achieved success and acceptance through hard work and the support of his family and community. In fact, he is so respected and admired that he was elected to a four-year term on the Lincoln County School Board in November. You will not want to miss Kirk’s story about his accomplishments, his work, and how he is helping to build a better future for students like him in his home county. Saturday’s exhibit hall hours will be 7:30 a.m.-3:45 p.m. g

Conference attendees can reserve a room at the Hilton Charlotte University Place for a significantly discounted rate of $100 per night through the ASNC website by March 2. Rates are discounted for Thursday-Sunday evenings (March 23-26). We will offer Continuing Education Units again this year. At press time, the exact amount of credit hours offered per day and various types of CEUs was not finalized. Visit for updates.

Financial Assistance ASNC recommends two sources of financial assistance: Jean Wolff-Rossi Fund for Participant Involvement from the NC Council for Developmental Disabilities: This fund reimburses individuals with an intellectual or other developmental disability (I/DD) and parents, family members, or guardians of a child with I/DD or at risk of I/DD. It will pay for portions of costs associated with registration, child care, personal assistance, lodging, and transportation. To apply, contact the council at or 919-850-2901. Funding is limited to $600 per year for in-state events per individual applicant. CAP/Innovations Waiver Funding: Innovations waiver recipients and their natural supports system (family, caregivers, etc.) are eligible for funding assistance to attend the conference. Contact your care coordinator at your managedcare organization (MCO) and let them know that you wish to use Natural Supports Education funds. There is an annual limit of $1,000 for conference expenses. Please note that if a family member is employed/paid as a child’s caregiver, they cannot use these funds. A completed registration form may be required by your MCO. Please contact ASNC at 800-442-2762 with questions.

Exhibits & Sponsors We are pleased to announce that Special Care, a division of MassMutual, (formerly the MetLife Center for Special Needs Planning) will return as primary sponsor for the conference. Business owners or organizations that serve the autism community may participate in the conference as sponsors or exhibitors; please contact David Laxton at dlaxton@ or 919-865-5063 to learn more. • 5

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Spectrum Winter 2017  

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