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44th Autism Society National Conference and Exposition David L. Lawrence Convention Center | Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


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Welcome! Welcome to the 44th Autism Society National Conference and Exposition at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. We are excited to bring you a conference filled with countless learning and networking opportunities! With eight dynamic pre-conference workshop sessions, and over 90 breakout sessions, we are confident that this year’s conference will be our best to date! This year’s conference will feature stimulating discussions on how best to serve all individuals on the spectrum. Our General Session speakers include: Governor Corbett of Pennsylvania, Congressman Chris Smith (NJ), and Congressman Mike Boyle (PA) co-chairs of the Coalition on Autism Research and Education (C.A.R.E) Committee of the United States Congress. You will also hear from Dr. Tom Insel, Chairman of the Interagency Autism Coordinating Council (IAAC) and Director of the National Institute of Mental Health during our General Sessions. Our Autism in the Media General Session, facilitated by USA Today National Reporter Richard Wolf, will examine how autism is inaccurately represented to the masses and share ideas on how to help the media accurately portray autism. We thank our host, the Autism Society of Pittsburgh staff and volunteers, for their hard work and commitment to making this conference a success. We also thank the staff of the Autism Society for all their contributions. Last but certainly not least, we thank all of our exhibitors and sponsors for their support. With all of these efforts combined, we are certain that year’s conference will be rewarding for all those involved. Warm Regards,

Jim Ball Board Chair

Scott Badesch President & CEO


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Board, Staff and Advisors

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Options and Meeting Policy

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Conference Sponsors

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General Information

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Autism Society Awards

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Convention Center Map

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Schedule at a Glance

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General Sessions

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Sessions by Content Area

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Schedule

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Speaker Biographies

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Exhibit Hall Floorplan

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Exhibitor List

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Exhibitor Product Directories

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Certificate of Attendance


Board, Staff & Advisors BOARD OF DIRECTORS

HONORARY BOARD

James Ball, Ed.D., BCBA-D, Exec. Chair Ron E. Simmons, Vice Chair Sergio Mariaca, Treasurer Lars Perner, Ph.D., Secretary Scott Badesch, President/CEO Donna G. Andrus, P.E. Jon Basinger Michael J. Brown, Esq. Denise Sawan Caruso Cathy Purple Cherry Kevin Custer George Daly Linda Walder Fiddle, Esq. Anne Holmes, M.S.,CCC, BCBA Joseph P. Joyce, CPCU, CWCA Terry Murphy

Temple Grandin, Ph.D. Ruth Christ Sullivan, Ph.D.

PANEL OF PEOPLE ON THE SPECTRUM OF AUTISM (PSA) Lars Perner, Ph.D. Darrius Frasier Dena Gassner David George Sharisa Joy Kochmeister Kerry Magro Sondra Williams Zosia Zaks

PANEL OF PROFESSIONAL ADVISORS (PPA) Anne S. Holmes, M.S., C.C.C, BCBA KDH Enterprises LLC James Ball, Ed.D., BCBA-D JB Autism Consulting Margaret Bauman, M.D. Learning and Developmental Disabilities Evaluation & Rehabilitation Service Barbara Becker-Cottrill, Ed.D. The West Virginia Autism Training Center Lois J. Blackwell Judevine Center for Autism Eric Courchesne, Ph.D. UC San Diego Autism Center of Excellence/ Children’s Hospital at San Diego Margaret Creedon, Ph.D. Clinical Psychologist Geraldine Dawson, Ph.D. Autism Speaks Anne M. Donnellan, Ph. D. University of San Diego Glen Dunlap, Ph.D. University of South Florida V. Mark Durand, Ph.D.

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University of South Florida, St. Petersburg William L.E. Dussault, J.D. Dussault Law Group Stephen M. Edelson, Ph.D. Autism Research Institute Judith E. Favell, Ph.D. AdvoServ Peter Gerhardt, Ed.D. McCarton School Temple Grandin, Ph.D. Colorado State University Doreen Granpeesheh Ph.D., BCBA Center for Autism & Related Disorders June Groden, Ph.D. The Groden Center, Inc. Paul Millard Hardy, M.D. Hardy Healthcare Associates, PC Robert L Hendren, D.O. University of California, San Francisco Martha Herbert, M.D., Ph.D. Massachusetts General Hospital David L. Holmes, Ed.D.

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PANEL OF PROFESSIONAL ADVISORS, CONT.,

Emeritus Members

Susan Kabot, Ed.D., CCC-SLP Nova Southeastern University

O. Ivar Lovaas, Ph.D. (1927-2010) Gary Mesibov, Ph.D. Bernard Rimland, Ph.D. (1928-2006) Eric Schopler, Ph.D. (1927-2006) Edward Carr, Ph.D., BCBA (1947-2009)

Rebecca Landa, Ph.D., CCC-SLP Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Autism Society Staff

Lifespan Services, LLC

Gary LaVigna, Ph.D. Institute for Applied Behavior Analysis Bennett L. Leventhal, M.D. New York University Medical Center Cathy Pratt, Ph.D., BCBA Indiana Resource Center for Autism/IIDC Christine Reeve, Ph.D., BCBA-D Reeve Autism Consulting, LLC Edward Ritvo, M.D. UCLA School of Medicine Frank Robbins, Ph.D. Quabbin Valley Educational Consultants Stephen M. Shore, Ed.D. Adelphi University Brenda Smith-Myles, Ph.D. Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence (OCALI) and the Ziggurat Group Ruth Christ Sullivan, Ph.D. Autism Services Center

Scott Badesch, President/Chief Executive Officer Denise Cruse, Events and Development Manager Doreen Allen, Marketing Manager Margarita Benavides, Autism Source Specialist Mary Beth Collins, Director of Programs John Dabrowski, Chief Financial Officer Yuliana Díaz, Autism Source Specialist Tonia Ferguson, Senior Director of Content Selena Hernández, Manager of Support Services Rose Jochum, Autism Source Manager Nichelle Kolen, Receptionist/Administrative Asst. Lawrence Korchnak, Vice President of Development José Matos, Autism Source Assistant Catherine Medovich, Autism Source Specialist Anli Montilla, Financial Specialist Anne Nebeker, Autism Source Specialist Lindsey Nebeker, Development Specialist Nate Rabner, Intern Jennifer Repella, Vice President of Programs Brendan Ryan, Administrative Assistant Sarah Sanne, Events Specialist Sandra Smith, Affiliate Specialist

Luke Y. Tsai, M.D. University of Michigan Medical Center Diane Twachtman-Cullen, Ph.D., CCC-SLP ADDCON Jennifer Twachtman-Reilly, M.S., CCC-SLP Connecticut Children’s Medical Center Paul Wehman, Ph.D. Virginia Commonwealth University Harry Wright, M.D., MBA University of South Carolina Patricia Wright, Ph.D., BCBA, MPH Easter Seals, Inc.

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Options and Meeting Policy Options Policy The Autism Society promotes the active and informed involvement of family members and the individual with autism in the planning of individualized, appropriate services and supports. The Board of the Autism Society believes that each person with autism is a unique individual. Each family and individual with autism should have the right to learn about and then select, the options that they feel are most appropriate for the individual with autism. To the maximum extent possible, we believe that the decisions should be made by the individual with autism in collaboration with family, guardians and caregivers. Services should enhance and strengthen natural family and community supports for the individual with autism and the family whenever possible. The service option designed for an individual with autism should result in improved quality of life. Abusive treatment of any kind is not an option.

We firmly believe that no single type of program or service will fill the needs of every individual with autism and that each person should have access to support services. Selection of a program, service or method of treatment should be on the basis of a full assessment of each person’s abilities, needs and interests. We believe that services should be outcome based to insure that they meet the individualized needs of a person with autism. With appropriate education, vocational training and community living options and support systems, individuals with autism can lead dignified, productive lives in their communities and strive to reach their fullest potential. The Autism Society believes that all individuals with autism have the right to access appropriate services and supports based on their needs and desires. Adopted by the Autism Society Board of Directors 4/1/1995, revised 12/12/2009.

Meeting Policy The Autism Society National Conference is open to all registered participants. We request that all participants be respectful of each other and of the many unique needs that participants have. Turn cell phones off during sessions or, at a minimum, set them to vibrate or silent mode. Please do not carry on private conversations during educational sessions. The national conference is an exchange of ideas, and at times debate can and will occur. Remember to keep debate professional. 8

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If you bring younger children into sessions and your child is creating a situation that is not conducive to learning please excuse yourself from the education session. Some of our attendees are hyper-sensitive to sensory input. Please keep this in mind and limit the use of additional fragrances while attending conference sessions. Attendees that are sensitive to light are welcome to wear hats or sunglasses. The pages that follow address some specific sensory responsive options available at the Autism Society National Conference.

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General Information Badges – Autism Society Registration Booth All conference attendees must wear their official conference badges to all sessions, special events, and the Exposition. Conference volunteers and security will be looking for appropriate badges within the conference and Exposition areas. Please report any suspicious activity to the nearest AUTISM SOCIETY staff member or security personnel. Interaction Badges The Autism Society National Conference provides a great opportunity to connect, meet and network with others in the autism and disability community. However, not everyone wants to interact in the same way, and we respect each attendee’s personal preference on how they wish to interact with others. This year, we are adopting the use of interaction badges. Interaction badges are modeled after Autreat, an annual conference founded in 1996 by Jim Sinclair (co-founder of Autism Network International). Social gatherings (such as a large conference) can create a lot of anxiety, social overload, and unpredictability for some attendees. The interaction badge system helps address these concerns and allows the conference experience to be more comfortable for everyone. These badges are color-coded indications of the attendee’s level of comfort in interacting with others.

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Interaction badge materials will be available at the Registration Table. The use of social interaction badges is open to all conference attendees. Wearing an interaction badge is not required. If you are comfortable being approached or approaching others (familiar and unfamiliar), it is recommended you do not wear an interaction badge. If you will be wearing a badge, you may want to consider taking one of each color so you have the option of switching between different ones based on fluctuating levels of comfort in socializing. To make the conference experience enjoyable for everyone, please respect the guidelines of the color-coded interaction badges and your fellow attendees’ interaction preferences.

GREEN I am interested in interacting with others, but have trouble approaching others and initiating interaction. Please feel free to initiate conversation with me. YELLOW I am interested in interacting with others, but only with those I’m familiar with. Please approach or initiate only if you know me. RED Please do not approach or initiate interaction with me at this time.

NO BADGE I can regulate interaction on my own and do not need guidance.

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Sensory Rooms – Room 320 & 322 Do you sometimes get overstimulated? Visit our Sensory Rooms to get away if needed. Rooms will be available on Thursday, July 11, Friday, July 12 and Saturday, July 13. Lunch Attendees can purchase lunch at a variety of restaurants in proximity of the Convention Center. Autism Society Exposition Visit the Exposition Hall this year and mingle with almost 100 companies. This is a great opportunity to visit with organizations and companies who provide services or products to our community. This is free to all attendees and open to the public.

Continuing Education Credits Information Credits will be available for BCBA, ASHA, APA, CAS and Social Workers. Certificates are available for other professionals. Visit the Registration Counter located in the Gallery area. Speech and Hearing Professionals ASHA CEUs will be offered for .1 credits for each 75 minute session (Intermediate level; Professional area). Continuing education for ASHA is provided by Future Horizons.

2013 Expo Hall Hours Thursday, July 11 – 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Friday, July 12 – 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Saturday July 13 – 8:00 AM – 1:30 PM

A list of ASHA eligible sessions is available at the Registration Counter. An additional $25 administrative fee is applied for those who are seeking credits. If you did not pay this fee when you registered, you can do this onsite at the Registration Counter.

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General Information Behavior Analyst Professionals Up to 19 Type 2 CEU credits will be offered for those who are BCBA certified. An additional $25 administrative fee is taken for those who are seeking credits. If you did not pay this fee when you registered, but would like to secure BCBA continuing education units, you can pay the administrative fee at Registration. American Psychological Association Credits APA CEUs are available for those seeking credit. An additional $25 administrative fee is taken for those who are seeking credits. If you did not pay this fee when you registered, but would like to secure APA continuing education units, you can pay the administrative fee at Registration. Social Workers Continuing Education credits will be offered for Social Workers, provided by Future Horizons. A list of eligible Social Worker session is available at the CEU table. An additional $25 administrative fee is taken for those who are seeking credits. If you did not pay this when you registered, you can do this onsite at the Registration Booth.

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Certificates of Attendance for Educators Educators seeking continuing education credits can obtain a certificate and selfreporting form with session information. Certified Autism Specialist Credits Certified Autism Specialists can receive continuing education credits. Visit Registration to receive CAS reporting forms. Certificates of Attendance for Other Professionals A Certificate of Attendance for the conference is offered at the back of this Program Guide. If you need more information, please go to the Autism Society booth located onsite. Conference Evaluations Your feedback is very important in helping us to improve the future of the Autism Society’s National Conference. Please take a few minutes to share your thoughts with us by completing a conference evaluation form online at www.autism-society.org/conference. You can evaluate all Breakout Sessions or other activities surrounding the conference.

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Autism Society 2013 Awards

The Autism Society recognizes individuals and organizations at the National Conference for contributions to the autism community and/ or for extraordinary accomplishments. Individuals and agencies are nominated for these awards and scholarships. There are a number of awards that are offered by the Autism Society each year. In the fall of the year preceding the National Conference, a “call� for awards along with the Eligibility Guidelines is extended through the ASA-Net, the Autism Advocate and the Autism Society Chapter Network. All nominations must be submitted by the deadline date with the proper supporting information and copies. These are then given to the Autism Society Awards Committee for review. After determination of the eligibility requirements and deliberation by the Committee, awards are identified.

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This is not an easy process. Many good qualified submissions are received in each category and the committee must select which ones will receive the award for the year. This is a difficult process. The Autism Society would like everyone who submits a nomination to know they are all worthy of receiving an award. We wish we could give an award to each person. Just being entered for an award shows that this person or the work submitted has had an influence in the autism field.

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Audrey L. Horne Memorial Award Craig Stoxen

Autism Society Volunteer of the Year

Given to an individual or organization that has made an enduring contribution to improving adult services and the quality of life for those individuals living on the autism spectrum.

An award presented to an individual volunteer whose work has positively influenced the lives of individuals, parents, and professionals addressing autism in his or her community or nationally.

Adam Heavner Employer of the Year Philadelphia Phillies

Research of the Year Dr. Paul Shattuck

Presented to an organization or company that has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to the advancement, effective transition, or meaningful employment of an individual on the autism spectrum.

Awarded to an individual or organization who has provided the autism community with meaningful progress and advancement in the field of applied research.

Dr. Temple Grandin Outstanding Literary Work of the Year Different...Not Less Any item published or copyrighted within the last five years that positively affects the life of an individual or family member impacted by autism. Outstanding Advocate of the Year Amy Goodman Demonstration of exceptional dedication, effort or achievement. Areas to be considered can include, but should not be limited to: academics, the arts, athletics, community service, employment, extracurricular activities, transitions or independent living skills.

Dr. Cathy Pratt Autism Professional of the Year Dr. Barbara Becker-Cottrill Awarded to a professional in the field of autism who has demonstrated outstanding accomplishment in terms of contributing to the life/lives of individuals with autism and/or to the cause of autism in general. Autism Society Affiliate of the Year Presented to an Autism Society affiliate that has effectively worked together to use its resources and members to positively influence the lives of individuals, parents and professionals coping with autism in their community.

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Convention Center Map

Kitchen Area

Green Room

Service Corridor

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PENN AVENUE

Terrace

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West Atrium

Open Lot

DOWNTOWN PITTSURGH

Open Lot

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East Atrium

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Emergency Exit

Stairs

Escalator

Entrance

First Aid

Water Fountain

Automated Teller

Concessions

Restrooms

Elevators

AED

Service Elevator

Taxi

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Allegheny Overlook

Public Areas

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Roll Doors

Glass Walls

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Permanent Art

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South Terrace

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Te Riverside

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Service Corridor

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FRENCH STREET

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Corridor

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Courtyard by Marriott

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Service

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Noresco

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Meeting Rooms

GARRISION STREET

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Terrace

Service Areas

Maintanence Area

Parking

CULTURAL DISTRICT

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[Hall A Below]

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Service

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Riverside

ALLEGHENY RIVER

Visitor Corridor

Gallery

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Noresco

RIVERFRONT PLAZA

Service Corridor

TENTH STREET

Visitor Corridor

Spirit of Pittsburgh Ballroom presented by Dollar Bank A

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THIRD FLOOR

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Schedule at a Glance Wednesday, July 10, 2013 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Conference Registration Gallery 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM Preconference Session Applying ABA Through The Life Span [BCBA Session] Room 303 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Preconference Sessions (times vary) 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM Exhibition Hall Set-Up Gallery & Ballroom BC

Thursday, July 11, 2013

10:30 AM – 11:00 AM Break 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM Breakout Sessions

1:15 PM – 1:30 PM Break 1:30 PM – 2:45 PM Breakout Sessions 2:45 PM – 3:15 PM Break 3:15 PM – 4:30 PM Breakout Sessions

7:00 AM – 5:00 PM Registration Open Gallery 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Exhibitor Presentation Your Dependent With Special Needs: Making Their Future More Secure Brought To You By Metlife Center For Special Needs Planning Room 301

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9:00 AM – 10:30 AM General Session The Executive Branch: Addressing The Needs Of The Autism Community Ballroom A

12:15 PM – 1:15 PM Lunch

5:00 PM – 8:30 PM Rethinking High School: Gathering Your Voices To Create a National Vision For Adolescents With ASD (Open to All) Room 311

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9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Exhibit Hall Open Gallery & Ballroom BC

5:00 PM – 6:30 PM Autism Society PPA and PSA Panel Ballroom A

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Friday, July 12, 2013

Saturday, July 13, 2013

7:00 AM – 5:00 PM Registration Open Gallery

8:00 AM – 1:30 PM Registration Open Gallery

9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Exhibit Hall Open Gallery & Ballroom BC

8:00 AM – 1:30 PM Exhibit Hall Open Gallery & Ballroom BC

9:00 AM – 10:15 AM Breakout Sessions

8:00 AM – 9:15 AM Breakout Sessions

10:15 AM – 10:45 AM Break

9:15 AM – 9:30 AM Break

10:45 AM – 12:15 PM General Session: Autism and the Media Ballroom A

9:30 AM – 11:00 AM Autism Society General Session Ballroom A

12:15 PM – 1:15 PM Lunch

11:00 AM – 11:15 AM Break

1:15 PM – 1:30 PM Break

11:15 AM – 12:30 PM Breakout Sessions

1:45 PM – 3:00 PM Breakout Sessions

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM Lunch

3:00 PM – 3:30 PM Break

1:30 PM Exhibit Hall Closes

3:30 PM – 4:45 PM Breakout Sessions

1:30 PM – 2:45 PM Breakout Sessions

5:30 PM – 6:30 PM PSA Townhall Meeting Ballroom A

Conference Adjourns – See You in 2014!

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General Sessions Conference Moderator Throughout the conference Richard Wolf, USAToday’s Supreme Court Reporter, and former White House and Congress Reporter, in his role as the Conference Facilitator, will guide us as we challenge our approach to helping individuals with autism achieve the highest quality of life. Attendees will consider how to use the information gained from the conference to strengthen communities and collaborate to best meet the needs of all people living with autism. Richard Wolf Reporter, USA Today

The Executive Branch: Addressing The Needs Of The Autism Community Thursday, July 11 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Governor Corbett will discuss autism services in Pennsylvania including the challenges and opportunities for state government in addressing the growing needs of the disability community. Dr. Tom Insel, Chairman of the Interagency Autism Coordinating Council (IACC) and Director of the National Institute of Mental Health will discuss the role of IACC in addressing both research and service needs. Governor Tom Corbett

Thomas Insel, M.D., Director, National Institute of Mental Health

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Autism and The Media Friday, July 12 10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. This panel discussion features Karen Weintraub, a former Boston Globe reporter and now freelance reporter, Mark Roth, a science reporter with the Pittsburgh Gazette, and Daniel Heinlein, host of I Am Autistic on the Autism Channel. Facilitated by Richard Wolf of USA Today, the panel will discuss the role of the media in reporting on autism, how the media portrays autism issues and how autism advocates can work with the media to educate the media on issues impacting individuals and families affected by autism. Karen Weintraub, Freelance Journalist

Legislative Efforts and The Autism Community Saturday, July 13 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. This session will include a discussion with Representatives Mike Doyle (PA) and Chris Smith (NJ), co-chairs of the Coalition on Autism Research and Education (C.A.R.E). They will speak on the role of the federal government in addressing the growing needs of autism and how government can best address more funding and support for autism services and particularly adult services. Richard Wolf, USA Today’s National Reporter, in his role as the conference facilitator will help us to challenge our approach to how we can best help an individual with autism achieve a higher quality of life.

Representative Chris Smith Daniel Heinlein, Host, I Am Autistic, Autism Channel Representative Mike Doyle Mark Roth, Reporter, Pittsburgh Gazette

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Sessions by Content Area Caregivers Caring for Themselves “911!” First Aid For Your Relationship: When Raising a Child With Autism

July 13th, 2013, 11:15 AM - 12:30 PM

A Family Driven Service Model: Small Investment, Big Results

July 11th, 2013, 3:15 PM - 4:30 PM

Autistic Parenting: Practices From An Autistic Family

July 13th, 2013, 8:00 AM - 9:15 AM

Challenges and Joys Of Being a Sibling

July 11th, 2013, 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM

Finding Happiness In Unlikely Places: Transforming Pain To Possibility

July 13th, 2013, 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM

Rethinking Masculinity: For Fathers Of Children With Autism

July 12th, 2013, 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Start Where You Are: Goals For Your Child, Your Family and Yourself

July 12th, 2013, 1:45 PM - 3:00 PM

Strengthening Your Marriage Or Partnership While Raising Children On The Spectrum

July 11th, 2013, 3:15 PM - 4:30 PM

Education

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A Long and Winding Road: An Examination Of The Transition Process For Individuals With ASD

July 12th, 2013, 1:45 PM - 3:00 PM

Autism Services: Can The Public Schools Compare To a Private Program? [BCBA Session]

July 11th, 2013, 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM

Bridging The Gap: Supporting Students With Asperger’s Disorder During The Transition Into The Workforce

July 13th, 2013, 8:00 AM - 9:15 AM

Bringing All The Pieces Together: Navigating a Complex System

July 12th, 2013, 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Building Capacity Of Schools To Implement EvidenceBased Practices With Young Students With ASD

July 13th, 2013, 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM

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Education, CONT., Building Independence: How To Create and Use Structured Work Systems [BCBA Session]

July 13th, 2013, 11:15 AM - 12:30 PM

Education and Outcomes For High School Students With Autism Spectrum Disorder: Perspectives From Multiple Stakeholders

July 13th, 2013, 8:00 AM - 9:15 AM

First Responders Autism Training Session

July 10th, 2013, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Improving Employment Outcomes For Young Adults With Autism Spectrum Disorder

July 11th, 2013, 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM

I’m Ready For College But I Can’t Find My Homework

July 13th, 2013, 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM

Parent/Teacher Partnerships That Enhance Student Achievement

July 13th, 2013, 8:00 AM - 9:15 AM

Taming The Data Monster: Practical Data Collection and Analysis [BCBA Session]

July 11th, 2013, 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

Teaching Students On The Autism Spectrum Through a Verbal Behavior/Applied Behavior Approach [BCBA Session]

July 12th, 2013, 1:45 PM - 3:00 PM

Telehealth Technology For Best Practices Of Problem Behavior Treatment In The Classroom [BCBA Session]

July 12th, 2013, 1:45 PM - 3:00 PM

Tips and Tweaks For Effective School Wide PBIS For Students With ASD

July 11th, 2013, 3:15 PM - 4:30 PM

Using Portfolios To Assist In The Transitional Process and In Gaining Employment

July 13th, 2013, 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM

Writing Instruction For Children With High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorders

July 12th, 2013, 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Sessions by Content Area Life Skills

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A Caregiver’s Guide To Teaching Self-Care With Flair!

July 11th, 2013, 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

A Quality Life Supported By Natural Supports For Social Inclusion

July 11th, 2013, 3:15 PM - 4:30 PM

Autism Network For Individuals Deaf/Hard Of Hearing and Blind/Visually Impaired Annual Meeting: Vision, The Unseen Disability In Autism

July 11th, 2013, 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

Autism Spectrum Disorders and Public Safety Considerations: Guidance For Families, Caregivers and Self-Advocates

July 13th, 2013, 11:15 AM - 12:30 PM

Bereavement and Autism: A Universal Event With Unique Challenges

July 12th, 2013, 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM

Collaboration Conundrum: Mastering Group Projects At School and Beyond

July 13th, 2013, 8:00 AM - 9:15 AM

Defining Autism: From Nonverbal To National Speaker

July 13th, 2013, 11:15 AM - 12:30 PM

Destination Friendship: A Model To Developing Friendships In Individuals With ASD

July 11th, 2013, 3:15 PM - 4:30 PM

Developing a Best-Practices Approach To Teaching Sexual Safety To ASD Individuals [BCBA Session]

July 12th, 2013, 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Developing Effective Self-Advocacy Skills For People On The Autism Spectrum

July 12th, 2013, 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Don’t Just Customize, Personalize: Innovative iPad App Implementation For Unique Learners

July 12th, 2013, 1:45 PM - 3:00 PM

Effective Mental Health Supports For Students With Asperger’s Disorder In Higher Education

July 12th, 2013, 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Life Skills, CONT., Emergency Experts Advocate For Autism Safety In The Community: The Safe and Sound Initiative

July 11th, 2013, 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

Fantasy Enthrallment In Children With High Functioning Autism: Manifestations and Practice Considerations

July 13th, 2013, 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM

Finding The Gifts In Autism and Asperger’s

July 11th, 2013, 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM

Finding Your Own Way To Grieve: Supporting Those On The Spectrum In Grief and Loss

July 13th, 2013, 11:15 AM - 12:30 PM

From Tantrum To Tragedy: Prevention, Advocacy and Treatment Of Aggression In ASD

July 11th, 2013, 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

Getting My Own Address

July 12th, 2013, 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM

How To Create “Win-Win” Relationships With Our Faith Communities

July 11th, 2013, 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM

Making Talking Visible: Six Conversation Kits For Speech, Mental Health and Teaching

July 13th, 2013, 8:00 AM - 9:15 AM

Multi-Disciplinary Approach To Sustainable Employment For Young Adults On The Autism Spectrum

July 12th, 2013, 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM

Nine Essential Ingredients In Maintaining a Successful Relationship: ASD Edition

July 13th, 2013, 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM

Oral Healthcare For The Individual With Autism

July 11th, 2013, 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

Peer-Mediated Supports For College Students With Autism Spectrum Disorder

July 12th, 2013, 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Practical Strategies To Address Executive Function Deficits In Individuals With Autism Spectrum Disorder

July 13th, 2013, 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM

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Rock Your Play

July 11th, 2013, 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM

Safety and Travel: The Road To Community

July 11th, 2013, 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM

Senses and Sensibilities: An Inside View On Sensory Issues Towards Greater Understanding

July 11th, 2013, 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM

Sleep Issues For People With Autism

July 13th, 2013, 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM

Social Skills & Emotional Regulation Training: Experiences Running Secret Agent Society Program

July 13th, 2013, 11:15 AM - 12:30 PM

Social Stories: Breaking New Ground To Address Life’s Most Challenging Topics

July 11th, 2013, 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

Supporting Youth In Transition and Adults With Autism At Home and In Daily Living/Residential Settings

July 11th, 2013, 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM

Sweetening The Pie -- Enhancing Social Reinforcement For Learners With Autism [BCBA Session]

July 11th, 2013, 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM

Teaching Children With ASD To Use Language For Reasoning and Problem-Solving

July 13th, 2013, 8:00 AM - 9:15 AM

Teaching Hygiene: A FUN Approach With a Focus On Social Understanding

July 12th, 2013, 1:45 PM - 3:00 PM

The Importance Of Teaching Resilience

July 12th, 2013, 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

The Language Of Exercise: Movements Impact On Language Development

July 11th, 2013, 3:15 PM - 4:30 PM

The Power Of Exercise

July 12th, 2013, 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Life Skills, CONT., The Power Of Personal Outcomes

July 13th, 2013, 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM

Toilet Training Your Child With Autism: Strategies For Success

July 11th, 2013, 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

Triggers In Dysregulation: Self-Advocates Share Their Experiences and Solutions

July 11th, 2013, 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

Turn It On: Using Movies, Movie Shorts, and YouTube As Social Cognition Material

July 12th, 2013, 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM

Using ABA To Address Picky Eating In Children With Autism [BCBA Session]

July 12th, 2013, 1:45 PM - 3:00 PM

Using iPad’s To Increase Independence For Transitioning Students and Adults With ASD

July 12th, 2013, 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM

Using Technology To Teach Social Skills To Individuals With Autism Spectrum Disorder

July 13th, 2013, 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM

Utilizing Applied Behavior Analysis To Facilitate Social Skill Development In Adolescents Within Group Settings

July 11th, 2013, 3:15 PM - 4:30 PM

Social Justice Autistic Females Across The Lifespan

July 12th, 2013, 1:45 PM - 3:00 PM

Changing Course On Restraints and Forced Seclusions

July 13th, 2013, 11:15 AM - 12:30 PM

Cost Benefit Analysis Of Postsecondary Education For Individuals With Autism Spectrum Disorder

July 13th, 2013, 11:15 AM - 12:30 PM

Funding Autism Treatment Using Medicaid Funds In Pennsylvania

July 13th, 2013, 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM

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Sessions by Content Area Social Justice, CONT., Primer For Therapists: Establishing Medical Necessity In Clinical Documentation

July 11th, 2013, 3:15 PM - 4:30 PM

Recognizing Neglect and Abuse -- and What To Do About It

July 12th, 2013, 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Relentless Positivity (and a Little Bit of Coffee)

July 11th, 2013, 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

Sensoryfriendly Concerts(TM) , An Opportunity To Celebrate Neurodiversity Through Community Music Therapy

July 12th, 2013, 1:45 PM - 3:00 PM

Speaking For Ourselves: Panel Of Individuals With Autism

July 12th, 2013, 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM

That’s NOT Me: Overcoming The Media’s Influence On The Autistic Stereotype

July 13th, 2013, 8:00 AM - 9:15 AM

The Jones-Holmes Criteria: Critical Factors In Autism Custody Disputes

July 11th, 2013, 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

Two Dads-Two Lawyers: A Parents’ Guide To Special Needs Planning

July 11th, 2013, 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM

Understanding The Significant Impact Of Poverty On Autism

July 13th, 2013, 11:15 AM - 12:30 PM

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A Framework For Understanding: The Biomedical Presentation Of Children With Autism

July 11th, 2013, 3:15 PM - 4:30 PM

An Update On CAM In Autism: Perspectives From a Child Psychiatrist

July 12th, 2013, 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM

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Treatment Approach, CONT., Critical Opportunities For Public Health Policies - The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention’s National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD)

July 11th, 2013, 3:15 PM - 4:30 PM

Developing A Therapeutic Relationship With Clients Diagnosed With Asperger’s Disorder

July 12th, 2013, 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM

Developmental Therapy and Music Therapy Together To Address Abstraction In Autism

July 13th, 2013, 11:15 AM - 12:30 PM

Directed Reading: Thinking Activity and Reading Skills For Students With Autism

July 13th, 2013, 8:00 AM - 9:15 AM

Functional Feeding Issues: A Team Approach

July 13th, 2013, 8:00 AM - 9:15 AM

Improving Family Outcomes For Children With ASD: Through Family-Centered Positive Behavior Support

July 12th, 2013, 1:45 PM - 3:00 PM

Living On The Spectrum: A Sense-Ational Perspective Of Hope, Inspiration, and Resources

July 12th, 2013, 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM

Parents and Professionals Working Together “S.U.C.C.E.S.S.Fully”

July 12th, 2013, 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM

Science Doesn’t Have To Be Scary: Critical Thinking Guidelines For Parents

July 11th, 2013, 3:15 PM - 4:30 PM

Using Cognitive Behavior Therapy To Address Emotional Well-Being In Youth With ASD

July 12th, 2013, 1:45 PM - 3:00 PM

Vision Issues In Autism: More Than Meets The Eye

July 13th, 2013, 11:15 AM - 12:30 PM

Why Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT) Work

July 12th, 2013, 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Wednesday, July 10th 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Conference Registration Gallery

PRE-CONFERENCE SESSIONS 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Applying ABA Through The Life Span [BCBA Session] Nina Finkler, M.Ed., LDT/C, BCBA Room Number: 303 Applied Behavior Analysis and the associated strategies have been researched and found to be effective with increasing skills in individuals with autism. While initially associated with young children, research continues to show these strategies to be effective with adults as well. This workshop will look at how to address the array of strategies associated with Applied Behavior Analysis and how to apply and implement through the lifespan, including Early Intervention, School Age, Adolescents and Adults.

9:00 AM - 1:00 PM First Responders Autism Training Session (Invitation Only) Jimmy Donohoe; William Cannata Room Number: 311 First responders touched by autism personally are the most ideally suited to provide information and professionally train colleagues how to interact with and assist individuals with autism in times of an emergency. Learn more about the autism spectrum disorder, its symptoms, and how stressful situations may bring about unique behaviors. Learn strategies to better respond to individuals on the spectrum in emergency situations.

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Pennsylvania Autism Services: Leading The Nation In New Directions Nina Wall, M.S., LSW Room Number: 301 During this informative session, the Department of Public Welfare’s Bureau of Autism Services (BAS) will discuss Pennsylvania’s innovative approach to autism supports and services. Information about the Adult Autism Waiver (AAW) and Adult Community Autism Program (ACAP) will be presented, highlighting the core design features that have gained national attention. Lessons learned from Pennsylvania’s experience with these innovative service delivery models will also be shared. Additionally, BAS will provide an introduction to the recently updated PA Autism Census Study and PA Autism Needs Assessment. Detailed findings from the census and needs assessment studies will be provided during the afternoon session.

10:00 AM - 3:00 PM Triggers In Dysregulation: Self Advocates Share Their Experiences and Solutions Dena Gassner, LMSW; Stephen M. Shore, Ed.D.; Gayle Fitzpatrick, M.Ed., BFA Room Number: 302 Day will include convention site tour, networking and conversation on Dysregulation and the impact it has on those with ASD. Also an interactive session featuring Art therapy with Gayle Fitzpatrick.

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM Society Assembly Meeting (Closed Meeting for Affiliates) Room Number: 307 The Society Assembly creates a forum where Autism Society affiliates from across the nation bring local, state, and national perspective to our mission. Join other leaders for a meeting to discuss the needs of our constituents in towns and counties across the country.

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Wednesday, July 10th 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM A Faith-Based Family: From Challenging Behaviors To Values & Life Skills Debi Filippi Room Number: 305 This highly interactive workshop, filled with experiential learning activities will give participants tools, strategies, and faith-based resources to recognize gifts and strengths in each child. Understand how to transform challenging behaviors into successful opportunities to instill family values and impart important life skills for children through faith-based teachable moments. Cracking The Business Code For Competitive Employment Outcomes Andy Traub, SPHR; Deb Russell Room Number: 304 Employment is one of the most important aspects of any American’s life; this is no different for people on the Autism Spectrum. This session will delve into effective techniques for reaching out to businesses and accessing employment opportunities for people with Autism. Andy Traub and Deb Russell both created and lead successful efforts to have their previous employers intentionally extend employment opportunities to people with Autism. Come hear their tips and advice on the do’s and don’ts of reaching out to business and facilitating a career opportunity for your loved ones and/ or clients. Introduction To Special Needs Planning, Where Do We Start? Brian Rubin, Esq.; James A. Caffry, Esq. Room Number: 306 Planning for the long-term security of a loved one with autism is a complex and evolving responsibility. Attorney members of the Special Needs Alliance (SNA) will address the interdependence of government benefits and family financial planning, especially in light of budget cuts and the Affordable Care Act. Breakout sessions will cover guardianship and its alternatives, adult services and considerations when creating and administering a special needs trust.

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2:00 PM - 5:00 PM Autism Community Leaders: Extending The State’s Impact Through Collaboration Nina Wall, M.S., LSW Room Number: 301 During this interactive session, participants will learn about collaborative efforts underway in Pennsylvania to help individuals with autism improve their quality of life, achieve independence, and become contributing members of their communities. Leadership from the Autism Services, Education, Resources & Training (ASERT) Collaborative will present in-depth findings from the PA Autism Census Study and the PA Autism Needs Assessment. These comprehensive studies are the first of their kind in the nation, and are driving ASERT’s mission to develop new models and bring together existing resources locally, regionally, and statewide.

5:00 PM - 8:30 PM Rethinking High School: Gathering Your Voices To Create a National Vision For Adolescents With ASD (Open to All) Sam Odom, Ph.D. Room Number: 311 Join the Center on Secondary Education for Students with ASD (CSESA) for a FREE, interactive pre-conference session to explore high school successes for students on the autism spectrum and opportunities for change in the high school environment. We invite adults and teenagers on the autism spectrum, their families, school professionals, and others to share their perspectives and experiences as part of a national dialogue focused on improving the high school experiences and post-school outcomes for students on the autism spectrum.

Roadmaps For Leaders Of Advocacy Programs: Improving Access and Addressing Meaningful Outcomes (Closed Meeting for Affiliates) Peter J. Doehring, Ph.D. Room Number: 307 Leaders of agencies providing advocacy often struggle to help families to understand and access critical services and supports. This session will discuss two case studies to illustrate common barriers in a complex infrastructure of agencies responsible for health, education, and community support. Understanding these barriers can help advocates better support families on their journey, and suggest the best ways that advocates can partner with professionals and agencies to promote system change through training, research, and policy. The discussion includes panelists from agencies and advocacy groups that will offer insights from their own experiences in helping family’s access services and how we address meaningful outcomes for all. 35


Thursday, July 11th 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM Registration Open Gallery

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Exhibit Hall Open Gallery & Ballroom BC

Sponsor Presentation

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Your Dependent With Special Needs: Making Their Future More Secure Brought to you by Metlife Center for Special Needs Planning Pat Bergmaier, Special Needs Planner Room Number: 301 Families with children and other dependents with special needs, no matter what the age or disability, face many serious questions about how to best prepare for their future well-being. This workshop addresses such critical issues as protecting government benefit eligibility for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), creating Special Needs Trusts and the importance of a Will. Taking steps now can help arrange for a loved one’s well-being today and tomorrow.

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Throughout the conference Richard Wolf, USAToday’s Supreme Court Reporter, and former White House and Congress Reporter, in his role as the Conference Facilitator, will guide us as we challenge our approach to helping individuals with autism achieve the highest quality of life. Attendees will consider how to use the information gained from the conference to strengthen communities and collaborate to best meet the needs of all people living with autism.

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9:00 AM - 10:30 AM Dr. James Ball, Chairman, Autism Society Board of Directors welcomes conference attendees and introduces Conference Facilitator, Richard Wolf Presentation of the 2013 Autism Society Audrey Horne Award The Executive Branch: Addressing The Needs Of The Autism Community Tom Corbett; Thomas Insel, M.D. Governor Corbett will discuss autism services in Pennsylvania including the challenges and opportunities for state government in addressing the growing needs of the disability community. Dr. Tom Insel, Chairman of the Interagency Autism Coordinating Council (IACC) and Director of the National Institute of Mental Health will discuss the role of IACC in addressing both research and service needs.

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Thursday, July 11th 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM A Caregiver’s Guide To Teaching Self-Care With Flair! Bhanu Raghavan, OTR/L; Ginger McDonald, OTR/L Room Number: 301 Life Skills Caregivers of children with autism frequently express frustration when teaching selfcare skills. A uniform approach often helps children with ASD generalize learning to all situations. Research has shown that children remember better when novelty is intertwined with learning new skills, and children have been known to memorize rhymes such as Mother Goose rhymes faster than text. Keeping this in mind, the presenters have recently published Self-Care with Flair, a practical teaching tool with pictures/rhymes for over 50 self-care skills. Autism Network For Individuals Deaf/Hard Of Hearing and Blind/Visually Impaired Annual Meeting: Vision, The Unseen Disability In Autism Margaret P. Creedon, Ph.D. Room Number: 315 Life Skills Face Blindness or prosopagnosia, developmental or acquired condition impacting social looking skills. For hearing and visually impaired individuals with autism, this further complicates how their adaptive skills are perceived. Options for assessment and supportive educational tactics will be included. Emergency Experts Advocate For Autism Safety In The Community: The Safe and Sound Initiative Jimmy Donohoe; William Cannata; John J. McGonigle, Ph.D. Room Number: 305 Life Skills Fire, police and emergency hospital staff touched by autism are the most ideally suited to provide information and professionally train colleagues how to interact with and assist individuals with autism in times of an emergency. Listen to experts detail this important service for the improved safety of individuals with autism, their families and professionals in your community. This vital community service is part of the Autism Society’s Safe & Sound™ initiative, a program created in 2005 which provides resources to communities about general safety, emergency prevention and preparedness. 38

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From Tantrum To Tragedy: Prevention, Advocacy and Treatment Of Aggression In ASD C. Rick Ellis, Ed.D. Room Number: 307 Life Skills As aggression in ASD and subsequent tragedies continue to gain attention in the media, a more profound appreciation of the multifaceted nature of this crisis is required. A biopsychosocial perspective will be offered to accomplish the following: (1) Identify concern to guide anger prevention activities (2) Utilize appropriate advocacy efforts to ensure proper services (3) Understand and apply appropriate clinic forensic concepts when there is court involvement (4) Determine appropriate treatment methodologies suitable for the individual; and (5)Preserve the unique characteristics of the personality. Oral Healthcare For The Individual With Autism Robert E. Rada, D.D.S. Room Number: 302 Life Skills The patient with autism can present quite a challenge in the dental office and a source of frustration for parents. There are a variety of behavior guidance techniques and desensitization concepts to effectively treat patients with autism in the dental office. There are also numerous issues specific to dentistry related to environmental concerns. This program will serve as a guide for parents and caregivers to help their family member be comfortable in the dental office and enjoy good oral health. Relentless Positivity (and a Little Bit of Coffee) Jennifer O’Toole Room Number: 306 Social Justice This presentation has brought global audiences to tears as parents and teachers feel that, for the first time, Asperger Disorder is presented without stigma, judgment or foreboding. Instead, with humor and compassion, this is the first-hand life experience of a Temple Grandin Award winner. This presentation is truly an “insider� look at anxiety, the power of special interests, learning detours, and above all, real empowerment through effective strategies and relentless hope.

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Thursday, July 11th Social Stories: Breaking New Ground To Address Life’s Most Challenging Topics Carol Gray, B.S. Room Number: 316 Life Skills Since 1991, Social Stories have been describing life to children, adolescents and adults with autism. A Social Story describes a situation, skill or concept according to defining criteria. This presentation explores how Social Stories can address unprecedented topics including violence, natural disasters, and resilience. Using case examples like the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting, participants will leave with practical new ideas and an updated appreciation for Social Stories and their role in social and emotional learning for all of us. Taming The Data Monster: Practical Data Collection and Analysis [BCBA Session] Christine Reeve, Ph.D., BCBA; Susan Kabot, Ed.D., CCC-SLP Room Number: 311 Education Through case scenarios, this presentation will illustrate evidence-based tools for collecting data in the classroom. It will also share guidelines for analyzing data and discuss practical strategies and examples of making decisions about how to take and analyze data. The Jones-Holmes Criteria: Critical Factors In Autism Custody Disputes Joni Jones, RN; Larry Jones, J.D.; David L. Holmes, Ed.D. Room Number: 317 Social Justice When Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is acknowledged in custody proceedings, nine critical criteria that should be brought into consideration by the courts are known as the “Jones-Holmes Criteria.” This presentation will include the following: whether an ASD professional should be retained to advise the court; whether the custodial parent should be allowed to move to another state or instate location; and the availability of federal, state and local entitlements and eligibility services.

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Toilet Training Your Child With Autism: Strategies For Success Judith A. Coucouvanis, M.A., PMHCNS-BC Room Number: 303 Life Skills This session provides a systematic and comprehensive approach to toilet training. Participants will learn the six elements essential to designing and implementing a successful toileting program: (1) Determining readiness (2) Creating effective communication (3) Setting up the bathroom (4) Recording and monitoring progress ( 5) Developing new routines (6) Utilizing behavioral principles. Using extensive examples and a wealth of practical information, this presentation will give parents the preparation they need to begin the toileting journey. Triggers In Dysregulation: Self-Advocates Share Their Experiences and Solutions Dena Gassner, LMSW; Chloe M. Rothschild Room Number: 304 Life Skills The personal success and achievement of many individuals with ASD are impeded by the inability to manage dysregulation. In this session we will discuss this very important topic from the perspectives of individuals who are dealing with this sometimes very incapacitating challenge. Topics will include sensory, social, anxiety, transition and other triggers that can cause overload. Unique and individualized coping strategies will be shared. Q-and-A will be an important part of this session.

12:15 PM - 1:15 PM Lunch

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Thursday, July 11th 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM Autism Services: Can The Public Schools Compare To a Private Program? [BCBA Session] Nina Finkler, M.Ed., LDT/C, BCBA; Courtney Hoschek Room Number: 317 Education A quality autism program is defined by several key factors that are essential to meet the needs of students within these programs. The increase in children diagnosed on the autism spectrum is having a drastic impact on public schools. The number of students being educated in their local school districts has increased over the past years. It is vital that school districts develop and implement programs that can be defined as quality programs. Challenges and Joys Of Being a Sibling Caroline G. McGraw Room Number: 301 Caregivers Caring for Themselves What are the toughest challenges faced by siblings of individuals on the autism spectrum? From helping their brothers and sisters “fit in” to figuring out their role as caregivers, siblings are often major figures in the lives of individuals with autism. This session, led by an adult sibling, will cover issues of sibling responsibility, rivalry and rage. Participants will take an honest look at the stresses families face, but they will also share in stories of joy and connection. Finding The Gifts In Autism and Asperger’s Larry D. Moody, P.E., BSCE Room Number: 307 Life Skills Autism-related reference books typically leave readers with a sense of frustration and hopelessness because they focus on the problems and deficits associated with autism. Too often, a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) comes with the assumption that success in life is out of reach or will be marginal at best. What isn’t commonly recognized is that people with an ASD also come with Gifts and Talents.

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How To Create “Win-Win” Relationships With Our Faith Communities Stephanie Hubach; Emily Colson; Shannon Royce; Lisa Simmons Room Number: 316 Life Skills This presentation will address how to work with faith communities to foster relationships that bless individuals and families impacted by autism and the faith communities. Review obstacles to positive relationships within faith communities. Learn about a “pathway to progress” for “win-win” partnerships to meet the needs of those impacted by autism. Additionally, learn about the Autism Society’s new Spirituality and Autism Working Group, created to help foster nurturing partnership among religious leaders, congregations, and individuals and families touched by autism. Improving Employment Outcomes For Young Adults With Autism Spectrum Disorder Anna Merrill Room Number: 304 Education The prevalence of individuals affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) continues to rise. Schools are responsible for preparing youth with ASD for transition into postsecondary education and employment. However, employment outcome data suggest that individuals with ASD are not adequately prepared for success in the workforce. This presentation will explore how addressing deficits in communication and social skills, self-advocacy and career awareness can improve employment outcomes for young adults with ASD. Rock Your Play Fern Sussman, SLP Room Number: 306 Life Skills Most professionals and parents automatically assume they can help children learn to be sociable and communicative by sitting down and playing with them. But for children on the spectrum, playing might not come easily or naturally. Through video examples, this presentation presents information on what to do when a child doesn’t know how to play and which play activities will encourage a child to interact and communicate with both adults and peers.

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Thursday, July 11th Safety and Travel: The Road To Community Linda Walder Fiddle, Esq.; Patricia Wright, Ph.D., MPH; B. Madeleine Goldfarb Room Number: 311 Life Skills Three leading Autism experts will address the threshold issue for community inclusion for all people living with Autism: transportation. “ If you cannot get there, you cannot participate in community life,� and this presentation will focus on travel safety, specific strategies to enhance safe travel and emergency preparedness, and an innovative new tool developed by The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation and Easter Seals called the GET (Guiding Everyday Travel) Guide that is pocket-sized travel trouble-shooting guide. Attendees will leave the session understanding the importance of travel training for people on the spectrum, safety strategies for travel using public transportation and how to address common travel related pitfalls. Senses and Sensibilities: An Inside View On Sensory Issues Towards Greater Understanding Stephen M. Shore, Ed.D. Room Number: 302 Life Skills The variation in perception of sensory stimuli for many with autism often causes great discomfort, and the information received may be not even be usable. The aim of this presentation is to enable susceptible individuals and those close to them to avoid and minimize the effect of sensory overload through easy-to-implement solutions, thereby enabling those with sensory issues to lead fulfilling and productive lives. Supporting Youth In Transition and Adults With Autism At Home and In Daily Living/Residential Settings Valerie Paradiz, Ph.D. Room Number: 315 Life Skills This session provides an introduction to residential/daily living supports for youth in transition and adults with autism. Subjects covered are drawn from the AGI online Daily Living/Residential Skills training for families and direct support providers, a curriculum developed by a collaborative team of adult services experts from across the United States.

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Sweetening The Pie -- Enhancing Social Reinforcement For Learners With Autism [BCBA Session] Steven R. Wertz, M.Div., BCBA Room Number: 303 Life Skills The term “social reinforcement” is used frequently in behavioral literature. However, it is seldom well-defined. For parents, teachers and therapists, social reinforcement may be the most important tool in their tool bag. This session strives to increase understanding of why effective social reinforcement is particularly important for people on the autism spectrum, and to enhance the social reinforcement skills of participants. This workshop will focus on skills that can be immediately applied to increase effectiveness and enhance reinforcement effects. Two Dads-Two Lawyers: A Parents’ Guide To Special Needs Planning James A. Caffry, Esq.; Brian Rubin, Esq. Room Number: 305 Social Justice The presenters are both attorneys and parents of sons with autism. The presentation will discuss legal issues parents will encounter throughout their lifetimes with their children on the autism spectrum. The session will address Special Needs Trusts, Public Benefits, Guardianship and alternatives, Adult Services, and planning for life after Mom and Dad are no longer around. The speakers will share their insights, gained both as attorneys and parents, on the special needs planning process.

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Thursday, July 11th 3:15 PM - 4:30 PM A Family Driven Service Model: Small Investment, Big Results Joann Holland, BSW Room Number: 304 Caregivers Caring for Themselves This presentation provides an overview of the collaborative development, implementation, challenges, evaluation and growth of a program called “CHANCES.� A CHANCE (Childhood Autism Network of Comprehensive Education and Support) is a low-cost, parent-directed model of service for families who have children on the autism spectrum. The specific services provided, Parent Support Groups, respite, skills practice (a unique opportunity to help staff and families learn together), educational opportunities and crisis response will be discussed. A Framework For Understanding: The Biomedical Presentation Of Children With Autism Scott Faber, M.D. Room Number: 307 Treatment Approach Emerging science supports the concept that central nervous system changes underlying autism are, in part, created by micronutrient deficiencies, excessive immunological responses and loss of immune tolerance to certain foods and chemicals. This presentation seeks to provide a framework for understanding this emerging paradigm, and will summarize a range of treatment approaches that correspond to each area of the framework. A Quality Life Supported By Natural Supports For Social Inclusion L. Lynn Stansberry Brusnahan, Ph.D. Room Number: 311 Life Skills In this presentation, co-presented by a parent and young adult with autism, participants will discover how to support individuals with autism in participating more fully and naturally in social activities. This session is interactive and participants will experience how challenges in the areas of communication, perception and sensory processing contribute to difficulties in making social connections. Participants will learn promising natural supports/social activities including social technology available to help individuals with autism build social relationships, friendships and social lives. 46

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Critical Opportunities for Public Health Policies - The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention’s National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD) S. Kinzie Lee, MPH Room Number: 315 Treatment Approach Participants selected prior to the session make a 5-minute pitch to the audience and a panel of experts on critical opportunities for public health policies that improve screening of young children for developmental disabilities. The audience is polled about their favorite opportunities and each of the panelists offers their feedback. The audience may ask questions of the panelists and presenters, and a final vote is taken to determine which Critical Opportunity is the most favorable. Destination Friendship: A Model To Developing Friendships In Individuals With ASD Alice Womer, M.S., CCC-SLP; Carol Hollis, M.Ed., BCBA; Mary Benton, M.Ed., BCBA; Kelly Mahler, M.S., OTR/L Room Number: 317 Life Skills This session will highlight a newly published resource: Destination Friendship: Developing Social Skills for Individuals With Autism Spectrum Disorders or Other Social Challenges. It will describe a proactive approach to instruction that includes subtle coaching, social scripting and immediate opportunities to practice skills to foster friendships. The Friendship Skills Checklist and the link between the Destination Friendship strategies and the National Standards Report will be discussed. Practical and fun activities in which the strategies can be applied will be described. Primer For Therapists: Establishing Medical Necessity In Clinical Documentation Ana Mieres, M.S., PT, Ph.D. Room Number: 316 Social Justice Children suspected of having an ASD often benefit from outpatient therapy services. To obtain reimbursement for services, clear documentation submitted by licensed clinicians in physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech and language pathology is necessary. Establishing medical necessity in documentation when a deficit is present requires a systematic approach. Understanding the components of medical necessity and how they vary from state to state is essential. This program will provide a strategy from which to begin. Case studies included. 47


Thursday, July 11th Science Doesn’t Have To Be Scary: Critical Thinking Guidelines For Parents Anissa Ryland Room Number: 306 Treatment Approach Determining which intervention plan or therapies a child with ASD may need can be challenging. Marketing materials, testimonials, news stories, referrals and recommendations can make the task overwhelming. Learning how to find and understand research and how to employ critical thinking skills allows parents to make informed choices and communicate more productively with their clinicians and caregivers. This presentation will cover the components of published scientific research as well as questions and strategies to employ when evaluating treatment options. Strengthening Your Marriage Or Partnership While Raising Children On The Spectrum Laura Marshak, Ph.D.; Fran P. Prezant, M.Ed., CCC-SLP Room Number: 301 Caregivers Caring for Themselves This session, designed for professionals and parents, addresses the challenges of handling intensified parenting demands while trying to find a way for all family members to have a good quality of life. Emphasis is placed on how to protect a marriage or partnership from the wear and tear of such ongoing stressors. The authors of Married with Special-Needs Children and Disability and the Family Life Cycle will share 10 key strategies and insights from many other parents. The Language Of Exercise: Movements Impact On Language Development David S. Geslak, B.S., CSCS, ACSM-HFS Room Number: 302 Life Skills Participants will learn how exercise can play a role in developing language while improving social skills and academics and achieving a physically active lifestyle. This is an active workshop where participants will learn the visual, sensory and tactile supports necessary in implementing a structured exercise program. This workshop will help speech-language pathologists utilize components of exercise to create new intervention techniques while meeting the needs of their students.

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Tips and Tweaks For Effective School Wide PBIS For Students With ASD Kathy L. Gould, M.S. Room Number: 303 Education This session will provide participants the opportunity to learn how easy modifications in their School-Wide Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (SWPBS) can increase its effectiveness with students with autism spectrum disorders. Utilizing Applied Behavior Analysis To Facilitate Social Skill Development In Adolescents Within Group Settings Gina L. Mackin, MSW/LSW Room Number: 305 Life Skills This session will identify common social needs for individuals diagnosed with ASD as well as interventions that address specific social skills. We will describe and review how the seven principles of Applied Behavior Analysis can be used to develop social skills and benefit those between the ages of 14 and 21 years diagnosed with ASD, within a group setting.

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM Autism Society Panel of People on the Spectrum of Autism (PSA) and Panel of Professional Advisors (PPA) Panel Room Number: Ballroom A The Autism Society’s advisory panels, the PSA and PPA will discuss relevant issues and answer questions. Open to all attendees.

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Friday, July 12th 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM Registration Open Gallery

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Exhibit Hall Open Gallery & Ballroom BC

9:00 AM - 10:15 AM Bringing All The Pieces Together: Navigating a Complex System Stacey Hoaglund Room Number: 302 Education This session focuses on the importance of knowledge, skills and practices that promote a seamless transition from school to adult life. A comprehensive review of the current features of successful transition will be discussed. These include the importance of a strong IEP, measurable post-secondary goals, and instruction in selfdetermination, career planning and development. This session connects the various systems to help improve outcomes for students approaching graduation. Developing a Best-Practices Approach To Teaching Sexual Safety To ASD Individuals [BCBA Session] Mary Joann Lang, Ph.D., ABPN, BCBA-D Room Number: 303 Life Skills In the past 20 years, there has been limited attention to the topic of sexual behavior in adolescents and young adults with ASD. Yet it is vital that this population, which is more vulnerable, be afforded curriculum that includes sexual safety and foundational information. We will present the influence of caregiver and professional attitudes on delivery of instruction as well as ways to integrate necessary topics into an ABAbased program.

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Developing Effective Self-Advocacy Skills For People On The Autism Spectrum Stephen M. Shore, Ed.D. Room Number: 304 Life Skills Everyone has to advocate for his or her own needs and disclose the reasons why. Beginning with a definition of self-advocacy and a process for considering disclosure, participants will learn the importance of gaining self-awareness, communication skills, and procedures to effectively educate individuals with autism on obtaining accommodations and greater mutual understanding. Participants will come away with practical solutions for enabling persons with autism and other conditions reach their potential for leading fulfilling and productive lives. Effective Mental Health Supports For Students With Asperger’s Disorder In Higher Education Kerrie Harris, M.A.; Bianca Hynes, B.A.; Eszter Kiss, M.A. Room Number: 301 Life Skills This session will offer information on the importance of individualized mental health supports for students with Asperger’s Disorder in higher education. Attendees will learn the therapeutic process for both individual and group counseling settings. Effective therapeutic techniques that can improve the quality of life of students with Asperger’s Disorder will be reviewed. An outline of topics tailored to meet the needs of students with Asperger’s Disorder living in a college environment will be provided. Peer-Mediated Supports For College Students With Autism Spectrum Disorder Julia Grayer, B.A.; Felicia Hurewitz, Ph.D. Room Number: 316 Life Skills College-bound students with ASD face unique challenges in a variety of domains, including socialization, academic functioning and self-advocacy. Many postsecondary institutions are developing models of support to meet these challenges. One type of support is the peer-mediated model, which pairs students with ASD with trained and appropriately matched peers to work toward self-determined goals. This presentation will discuss Drexel University’s peer-mentoring model of support and will present the program’s strategies for meeting the students’ academic, social and self-advocacy goals. 51


Friday, July 12th Recognizing Neglect and Abuse: What to do about it? Ronald Lebovits, Esq.; Rebecca Klaw, M.S., M.Ed. Room Number: 311 Social Justice As our national leaders grapple with budget issues, it is inevitable that funds needed to support persons with disabilities will decrease. How do we protect our family members and clients? How do we know if they are being mistreated? What actions and inactions constitute neglect and abuse? What can be done about it? Klaw and Lebovits will attempt to answer these questions, drawing on their own experience and expertise in autism and the law. Rethinking Masculinity: For Fathers Of Children With Autism Robert A. Naseef, Ph.D. Room Number: 318 Caregivers Caring for Themselves This workshop explores the male perspective of parenting a child with autism. How do men, especially when having a son with ASD, deal with a problem they cannot fix? The presenter, the father of an adult child with autism, will provide compassion and understanding for men and their partners as well as strategies for developing support. The Importance Of Teaching Resilience June Groden, Ph.D. Room Number: 315 Life Skills This presentation discusses the importance of building the positive character trait of resilience, how this trait is developed, and what factors might foster or impede its development. The discussion will be followed by specific examples of programs and processes aimed at teaching how to build resilience in persons with autism and other developmental disabilities.

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The Power Of Exercise David S. Geslak, B.S., CSCS, ACSM-HFS Room Number: 305 Life Skills This is a dynamic workshop in which participants will learn the visual, sensory and tactile supports necessary to implement a structured and successful exercise environment. Participants will learn how exercise plays a role in developing academics and social skills while achieving a physically active lifestyle. Be ready to move! Why Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT) Work Karolina LaBrecque, Ph.D. Room Number: 307 Treatment Approach This presentation will cover the definitions of different aspects of EAAT: horse movement, influence of horse movement on rider/patient, horse as therapist, multiple therapeutic modalities, the role of motivation, and research. Writing Instruction For Children With High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorders Kristie Asaro-Saddler, Ph.D. Room Number: 306 Education This presentation will discuss the cognitive, academic, language and social/emotional characteristics of children with high-functioning Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) that may impact their writing skills. It will provide a brief review of the literature base in the area of writing, with a focus on interventions that support best practice for children with ASD. Lastly, it will provide practical solutions that teachers and parents can use to help their children with high-functioning ASD improve their writing skills.

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Friday, July 12th General Session - Ballroom A

10:45 AM - 12:15 PM Richard Wolf Opening Remarks Changing the Conversation: Scott Badesch, President/CEO Autism Society of America Presentation of the 2013 Autism Society Adam Heavner Employer of the Year Award Presentation of the 2013 Autism Society Temple Grandin Outstanding Literary Work of the Year Presentation of the 2013 Autism Society Outstanding Advocate of the Year Richard Wolf introduces the media panel and moderates the discussion Autism and the Media Daniel Heinlein; Mark Roth; Karen Weintraub This panel discussion features Karen Weintraub a former Boston Globe reporter and now freelance reporter, Mark Roth, a science reporter with the Pittsburgh Gazette and Daniel Heinlein, host of I Am Autistic on the Autism Channel. Facilitated by Richard Wolf of USA Today and CSPAN, the panel will discuss the role of the media in reporting on autism, how the media portrays autism issues and how autism advocates can work to educate various media outlets on issues impacting individuals and families living with autism.

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1:45 PM - 3:00 PM A Long and Winding Road: An Examination Of The Transition Process For Individuals With ASD John Miller, M.Ed. Room Number: 307 Education The presenter will examine different aspects of the transition process for individuals with autism. Both the presenter’s experience of living with autism and his professional involvement in creating transitional curricula will provide attendees with a unique perspective. Ultimately, the goal of the presentation is to explore the different obstacles individuals with autism face during transition and practical strategies to implement to overcome them. Autistic Females Across The Lifespan Sharon daVanport; Corina Becker, B.A.; Carol Greenburg, M.A.; Kassiane Sibley Room Number: 303 Social Justice Autistic females face a wide array of disparities due to autism stereotypes. ASDfocused research typically excludes girls and women. As many females are well into adulthood before receiving an autism diagnosis, identifying common misnomers and stereotypes will facilitate accurate insight. This greater understanding of qualities unique to autistic girls/women will positively impact their success and supports across the lifespan. Don’t Just Customize, Personalize: Innovative iPad App Implementation For Unique Learners Jonathan Izak; Melanie Johnston, M.A., SLP Room Number: 311 Life Skills Given that those with communication and behavioral impairments have such varying needs and abilities, how should we be personalizing assistive technology for each learner? With the introduction of the iPad and the proliferation of mobile technology, it is finally possible to customize your assistive technology to the life experience of each individual, thereby increasing their interaction, independence and selfdetermination. Come experience real life examples of how personalization and customization lead to improved outcomes and walk away with the best practices for applying these techniques in a variety of settings using the AutisMate app. 55


Friday, July 12th Schedule Improving Family Outcomes For Children With ASD Through Family-Centered Positive Behavior Support Kathy L. Gould, M.S. Room Number: 318 Treatment Approach The increase in children identified with autism spectrum disorder and their complex issues challenge our schools, families who love them, and communities in which they live. The multi-level family-centered service delivery model described addresses these needs across environments that can be utilized by schools and families to improve outcomes. Sensoryfriendly Concerts™ , An Opportunity To Celebrate Neurodiversity Through Community Music Therapy Cj Shiloh; Laura-Sun Cefaratti Room Number: 302 Social Justice SensoryFriendly Concerts(TM) are facilitated by board certified music therapists and advocate for disability rights and the neurodiversity movement by providing “equal access to the fine artsâ€? for people on the autism spectrum. Music therapy clients and autistic self-advocates also have the opportunity to perform in these events, in an environment that is respectful and accommodating. This new advent of a Community Music Therapy event proves to be a beneficial recreational activity for the entire family affected by autism. Start Where You Are: Goals For Your Child, Your Family and Yourself Ann Simun, Psy.D.; Sandra Dixon Shove Room Number: 301 Caregivers Caring for Themselves Parents are expected to participate in planning for their children with autism, but most have had no training, so goals and outcomes are decided by teachers and therapists. This simplifies things, but over time family members may become frustrated when the program does not achieve desired results for their child. This session will help parents understand key elements of goal-setting and will empower them to take a stronger role in determining the outcomes for their loved ones with autism.

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Teaching Hygiene: A FUN Approach With a Focus On Social Understanding Kelly Mahler, M.S., OTR/L Room Number: 306 Life Skills For many reasons, the area of hygiene can be very difficult for individuals with ASD. Hygiene, or lack thereof, can have significant impact on quality of life. This session will provide a practical yet FUN approach to use when addressing these important hygiene needs. While improving social understanding will be the emphasis, other common skill areas that can impact hygiene performance will be discussed. Additionally, easy-to-use activities and strategies that target the underlying causes of hygiene difficulties will be provided. Teaching Students On The Autism Spectrum Through a Verbal Behavior/Applied Behavior Approach [BCBA Session] Dona Alvino, M.Ed., BCBA; Jolin Jackson, M.S., BCBA Room Number: 304 Education Implementing a Verbal Behavior/Applied Behavior Analysis program within an educational setting establishes a successful learning environment for children with autism. Development of such a program allows for intensive teaching in all aspects of the day. All teaching works to increase cognitive skill repertoires and functional language by analyzing communicative intent. This approach utilizes consistent strategies based upon assessment. This presentation will describe how to set up the classroom, strategies in establishing positive relationships, and teaching through a VB/ABA approach. Telehealth Technology For Best Practices Of Problem Behavior Treatment In The Classroom [BCBA Session] Mary Joann Lang, Ph.D., ABPN, BCBA-D Room Number: 315 Education Store-and-forward telehealth technology facilitates the observational, analytical and collaborative needs of behavioral healthcare and special education professionals. This technology can supplement current implementation of applied behavior analysis in the classroom, home, or community settings by allowing teachers, caregivers, behavior analysts and others to film challenging behaviors as they occur and assess the images with other service providers, with particular regard to analysis of antecedent and consequent variables. Use of this technology can increase accuracy and efficiency of the IEP process. 57


Friday, July 12th Using ABA To Address Picky Eating In Children With Autism [BCBA Session] Melissa Olive, Ph.D., BCBA-D Room Number: 316 Life Skills Many children with autism spectrum disorders develop food selectivity or what is also called “picky eating.� This session will focus on strategies that have been demonstrated to be successful in helping children with autism learn to eat new foods. Participants will also learn what assessments should be completed before starting feeding therapy. Time will be available for questions and answers immediately following the presentation. Using Cognitive Behavior Therapy To Address Emotional Well-Being In Youth With ASD Samara Pulver Tetenbaum, Ph.D.; Shana Nichols, Ph.D. Room Number: 305 Treatment Approach Youth with autism spectrum disorders often struggle with emotional awareness and understanding, leading to behavioral difficulties and mental health issues. Research indicates that strategies stemming from cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) are effective in promoting emotional understanding and regulation. Using case presentations and materials from our clinic program, this session will focus on providing effective strategies to assist youth with ASDs in better understanding and regulating their own thoughts and feelings.

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3:30 PM - 4:45 PM An Update On CAM In Autism: Perspectives From a Child Psychiatrist Greg Thorkelson, M.D. Room Number: 302 Treatment Approach A number of treatments, both traditional and non-traditional, are utilized in the management and care of children and young adults with autism spectrum disorders. This review will attempt to assimilate and summarize in a clear, balanced fashion the diverse body of research in the non-traditional or “complementary and alternative” approaches to autism. Topics addressed will include herbal and vitamin supplements, probiotics, mind-body medicine, and dietary modifications. Bereavement and Autism: A Universal Event With Unique Challenges Brian A. Wong, B.A. Room Number: 307 Life Skills Bereavement is a universal, but often misunderstood and overlooked, life experience. The rate of autism diagnosis is on the rise. Grief from bereavement can be very difficult for any person. However, with the unique challenges many on the autism spectrum may face, the grief process may be different or more of a challenge for these individuals than their neurotypical counterparts. I combine my personal and academic experiences with bereavement and autism. Developing A Therapeutic Relationship With Clients Diagnosed With Asperger’s Disorder Marc Ellison, M.A., LPC; Peggy Hovatter, M.A.; Andrew Nelson, M.A. Room Number: 305 Treatment Approach Research demonstrates that talk therapy, particularly therapy carried out within the Cognitive-Behavioral theoretical construct, can assist in improving life quality for individuals with ASD. This presentation focuses on developing a therapeutic relationship with clients diagnosed with Asperger’s Disorder and the use of CBT techniques to build rapport, skill build, and inspire insight with that client population.

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Friday, July 12th Getting My Own Address Linda Ronan Brown, J.D. Room Number: 306 Life Skills The Getting My Own Address program was created by Community Housing Network, Inc., a Michigan housing nonprofit, in response to the need for housing to meet the unique needs of individuals with ASD entering adulthood. This overview presentation discusses the eight components of a successful long-term housing plan and the process to complete it. Living On The Spectrum: A Sense-Ational Perspective Of Hope, Inspiration, and Resources Larry Martin Davis, M.A. Room Number: 311 Treatment Approach Sensory processing presents the greatest challenge for our children, especially within classrooms; nevertheless, few schools are prepared to address this common phenomenon. Based upon science and research from the Institute of HeartMath Research Center, a recognized leader in emotional physiology, resilience and stress-management research, participants will be introduced to the fundamentals highlighting psychophysiology and neurocardiology strategies easy to implement at home as well as within the education setting. Specific resources supporting sensory ease for your amazing kids will be featured. Multi-Disciplinary Approach To Sustainable Employment For Young Adults On The Autism Spectrum Leslie Boyle; Laurie Collins, RPN Room Number: 304 Life Skills Services that promote independence through a continuum of supports for young adults with an ASD are key for successful community inclusion. This session will introduce Geneva Centre’s Pathways of Extended Learning, which are providing skills for life preparation in the community, postsecondary institutions and the workplace. Using our first culinary pathway, the Monarch Cafe, attendees will be introduced to a multi-disciplinary approach to providing learners with individualized instruction and assessment using curriculum that embeds principles of ABA. 60

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Parents and Professionals Working Together “S.U.C.C.E.S.S.Fully” Ellen Winney, M.S., OTR/L; Deanna Macioce, M.S., OTR/L; Erin Naugle, M.A., CCCSLP; Debbie Heintz Room Number: 315 Treatment Approach Participants will hear from professionals, parents and administrators regarding successful parent/professional relationships, as well as how they have experienced barriers to effective collaboration. Participants will be given specific, concrete strategies to facilitate successful collaboration, as well as to overcome common barriers to the collaborative process. Included will be a brief overview of The S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Approach(SM) – an innovative model that provides a unique framework in which effective collaboration can thrive. Speaking For Ourselves: Panel Of Individuals With Autism Julie A. Donnelly, Ph.D. Room Number: 301 Social Justice This is the 23rd year for the Speaking for Ourselves panel, in which four individuals share their experience of autism. This is an opportunity for you to hear about their struggles and victories, and a chance to applaud their personal growth. Each year, new individuals are chosen to give them a chance to be in the spotlight and gain confidence in expressing themselves in a supportive atmosphere. Come join us to cheer them on! Turn It On: Using Movies, Movie Shorts, and YouTube As Social Cognition Material Anna Vagin Room Number: 316 Life Skills Electronic media (popular movies, movie clips and YouTube videos) provide wonderful material for work in social cognition. These contextually rich, third-person examples of social learning concepts can help students develop a solid foundation of understanding, making it easier for them to examine their own behavior. After presenting a system for grouping students into learning classifications, we will examine ways to use specific movies and YouTube videos therapeutically, with many video examples of children from preschool through high school. 61


Friday, July 12th Using iPad’s To Increase Independence For Transitioning Students and Adults With ASD Melanie Johnston, M.A., SLP Room Number: 303 Life Skills Mobile technology i-devices like the iPad provide individuals with ASD a unique opportunity for transitional support and independence. Unfortunately, many of the apps being purchased are never used, are ineffective for transition or are being underutilized. Methods for reviewing apps by matching features will be demonstrated as participants are encouraged to develop a plan for individual users. Apps will be demonstrated that target independence and self-determination in productivity, social networking, communication, educational instruction, daily living and social skills.

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Panel of People On the Spectrum of Autism Town Hall Meeting Room Number: Ballroom A Join other individuals on the autism spectrum for a Town Hall meeting to discuss community-relevant issues. If you haven’t attended a townhall meeting before, this is an opportunity for individuals on the spectrum to network with peers and meet others.

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8:00 AM - 9:15 AM Autistic Parenting: Practices From An Autistic Family Melody Latimer Room Number: 307 Caregivers Caring for Themselves Parenting autistic children is often seen as a daunting task from which there is little relief. It doesn’t have to be that way. The experiences of autistic parents of autistic kids are valuable and show that autism is not the end of the world. Learn ways to change your view of autism and adapt your life and home to promote independence and foster a positive self-image in both you and your children. Bridging The Gap: Supporting Students With Asperger’s Disorder During The Transition Into The Workforce Marc Ellison, M.A., LPC, Hillary Brown, M.A. Room Number: 315 Education The West Virginia Autism Training Center’s College Program for Students with Asperger’s Syndrome at Marshall University understands the essential role of the transition out of college in preparation for career success, and works closely with students to reduce the challenges that accompany the process. This presentation will provide examples of successful transitions, highlight effective strategies of support and give the perspectives of students and businesses that support college students with ASD as they enter into a career.

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Saturday, July 13th Collaboration Conundrum: Mastering Group Projects At School and Beyond Christopher S. Wyatt, Ph.D. Room Number: 303 Life Skills Schools and workplaces embrace collaboration, assuming that groups engaged in brainstorming, crowdsourcing and agile development produce better ideas than individuals. Although new scholarship raises questions about the benefits of collaboration (Cain 2012), our cultural bias toward extroversion and social interaction means navigating collaborative projects is an important life skill for autistic students and adults. Schools claim to appreciate different learning styles, but they overlook different social styles. This presentation explores how autistic people can succeed in collaborative settings. Directed Reading: Thinking Activity and Reading Skills for Students With Autism Irene Van Riper, Ed.D.; Suzanne Trueblood, Ed.D. Room Number: 305 Treatment Approach The Directed Reading is a routinized and systematic reading comprehension strategy that can be adapted for students with autism to provide them with the support they need to become successful readers. The adaptation of this strategy for these students addresses the literalness and visual strengths of these individuals and promotes skills for lifelong reading comprehension. This research-based instructional support not only teaches reading comprehension but also allows for social engagement in reading discussion, skills necessary for students with autism. Education and Outcomes For High School Students With Autism Spectrum Disorder: Perspectives From Multiple Stakeholders Suzanne Kucharczyk, Ed.D.; Sam Odom, Ph.D. Room Number: 301 Education The Center for Secondary Education for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders is a research and development project funded by the Department of Education focusing on developing, adapting, and studying a comprehensive school-and community-based education program for high school with ASD. This presentation describes the phases and components of the center, as well as results from 28 focus groups that highlight the challenges and successes of high school education for students with ASD as experienced by adolescents, parents, and school professionals. 64

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Functional Feeding Issues: A Team Approach Marybeth Trapani-Hanasewych, M.S., CCC-SLP; Matthew Bittner, M.S., OTR/L; Erin Murray, M.S., LPC; Gina Salvatori, RD/LDN; Leslie Borsett-Kanter, M.D. Room Number: 306 Treatment Approach This session will describe the roles and responsibilities of the functional feeding team members. It takes a community of therapists, in-home services, schools, families and other supports to achieve their feeding goals. Therapy is child-directed – we set the goals but the child sets the pace. These children range from a very involved and limited diet to a less-involved selective eater. A variety of treatment approaches tailored to a child’s needs will be reviewed through case studies. Making Talking Visible: Six Conversation Kits For Speech, Mental Health and Teaching Joel Shaul, LCSW Room Number: 302 Life Skills Young people with high-functioning autism commonly experience problems with beginning and ending conversations and sticking to topics of shared interest. This presentation explains how to download, print, set up and use six practical and engaging visual-based conversation training resources designed by the presenter. The free featured resources are designed for use with children age 6 to 18. Parent/Teacher Partnerships That Enhance Student Achievement Margaret Oliver, M.Ed. Room Number: 311 Education Parents wonder about how their child navigates the school day. Teachers wonder about the needs of their students. Knowledge can replace wondering when parents and teachers have an effective communication plan in place. Participants will analyze their current communication model and will create an individualized communication strategy that will support and enhance student achievement (forms provided).

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Saturday, July 13th Teaching Children With ASD To Use Language For Reasoning and ProblemSolving Janice Nathan, M.S., CCC-SLP Room Number: 316 Life Skills The ability to “think in speech” is critical for developing flexible thinking, and is the foundation for effective self-regulation. Children with ASD have difficulty with planning and reflecting on potential solutions to problems when faced with novel situations that are deemed stressful. In particular, generalization of these skills outside a therapy setting is known to be especially challenging for therapists, educators and families. Participants will learn practical strategies for teaching and generalization of these skills with children with ASD. That’s NOT Me: Overcoming The Media’s Influence On The Autistic Stereotype Brigid Ann Sinclair Rankowski, B.S. Room Number: 318 Social Justice When people hear the word “autism,” lots of generalities come to the mind of a person who does not know an individual on the spectrum. In the past five years, these generalities and stereotypes have taken on a violent and dangerous tone. Educate yourself as a parent, professional, or individual on the spectrum as to what you can do to help promote the reality of autism.

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9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Richard Wolf Opening Remarks Presentation of the 2013 Autism Society Affiliate of the Year Award Presentation of the 2013 Autism Society Volunteer of the Year Award Presentation of the 2013 Autism Society Research of the Year Award Presentation of the 2013 Autism Society Cathy Pratt Professional of the Year Award Legislative Efforts and the Autism Community Representative Chris Smith; Representative Mike Doyle This session will include a discussion with Representatives Mike Doyle (PA) and Chris Smith (NJ), co-chairs of the Coalition on Autism Research and Education (C.A.R.E). They will speak on the role of the federal government in addressing the growing needs of autism and how government can best address more funding and support for autism services and particularly adult services. Richard Wolf Conference Overview and Ongoing Engagement Dr. James Ball Closing Remarks

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Saturday, July 13th 11:15 AM - 12:30 PM “911!” First Aid For Your Relationship: When Raising a Child With Autism Robert A. Naseef, Ph.D. Room Number: 303 Caregivers Caring for Themselves Men and women often look at the same thing differently, including raising a child with autism. There is tremendous stress on a marriage, although reports of an 80% divorce rate are unsubstantiated. This workshop explores the different perspectives men and women bring to parenting a child who is not “typical.” Men and women will receive guidance and learn to listen and understand each other in new ways. Strategies for supporting traditional, remarried and single-parent families will be discussed. Autism Spectrum Disorders and Public Safety Considerations: Guidance For Families, Caregivers and Self-Advocates Scott Campbell Room Number: 318 Life Skills Discuss the curriculum developed by the Virginia Public Safety Workgroup to enhance many aspects for safety of individuals with an autism spectrum disorder. This approach involves education of not just families, but also law enforcement, medical first responders and judicial officials. Building Independence: How To Create and Use Structured Work Systems [BCBA Session] Susan Kabot, Ed.D., CCC-SLP; Christine Reeve, Ph.D., BCBA Room Number: 315 Education Individuals with ASD often become prompt-dependent due to poor teaching procedures. Structured work systems are one intervention that facilitates the development of independent work behavior. This presentation will describe the benefits of structured work systems and provide examples of systems and tasks across the age span.

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Changing Course On Restraints and Forced Seclusions Wolfgang Halbig Room Number: 316 Social Justice Learn new Innovative Teacher Strategies and tools that will reduce the use of restraints in the classroom. Too many children and teacher injuries have received national attention in finding new solutions for restraints. These strategies and tools work for college and professional football, baseball and basketball players as well as music and movie stars, and the question is, Why not for children with special needs? Cost Benefit Analysis Of Postsecondary Education For Individuals With Autism Spectrum Disorder Cheryl J.K. Widman, M.A.T. Room Number: 311 Social Justice Postsecondary education is now a goal for many students with disabilities. While individuals with disabilities, including those with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), still experience a high rate of unemployment, adults with Learning Disabilities (LD) who have completed postsecondary education experience significantly higher rates of employment and income. Thus, the completion of a postsecondary education is associated with positive adult outcomes among individuals with disabilities, implying that individuals with autism who complete a postsecondary education might experience improved outcomes. Defining Autism: From Nonverbal To National Speaker Kerry Magro, M.A. Room Number: 302 Life Skills Kerry Magro, who was nonverbal until 2.5 and diagnosed with PDD-NOS at 4, speaks on tips and strategies he used to graduate with a master’s degree from Seton Hall University in Strategic Communication while winning a scholarship to pursue speaking as a profession from the National Speakers Association. In his session, Kerry will discuss early intervention, schooling, self-advocacy, adult services, employment, defining your strengths, and much more!

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Saturday, July 13th Developmental Therapy and Music Therapy Together To Address Abstraction In Autism Gilbert Tippy, Psy.D.; Stacey Hensel, M.A., MT-BC, LCAT, NRMT; Zach Kandler, M.A., MT-BC; Kenji Takeda, M.A., MT-BC, LCAT, NRMT Room Number: 305 Treatment Approach This presentation will focus on the essential role improvisational, interactive music therapy plays in work on the core deficits of autism spectrum disorder, both theory and practice. Basics of Developmental and Music Therapy in the school setting will be introduced, including the problem of “generalization” in autism treatment. The presentation will highlight how music therapists can directly attack the lack of abstraction and move children and adults to a higher developmental level. Pedagogical points will be supported by video examples. Finding Your Own Way To Grieve: Supporting Those On The Spectrum In Grief and Loss Karla Helbert, LPC Room Number: 301 Life Skills Explore the impact of grief and loss on individuals with ASD and their families. Topics covered include ways those on the spectrum may experience and express grief, and how to support them with practical and creative strategies. The issue of recognizing complicated or traumatic grief in this population will be addressed, as well as how to help families identify the need for additional supports. Social Skllls & Emotional Regulation Training: Experiences Running Secret Agent Society Program Debbie Irish, DSW; Kristina Kelley-Walsh Room Number: 307 Life Skills A new initiative at the Geneva Centre for Autism is the Secret Agent Society Social Skills Training Program. This espionage-themed social skills program, developed in Australia by Dr. Renae Beaumont, is designed to improve the emotion regulation and social skills of children with “high-functioning” Autism or Asperger Syndrome, ages 8 to 12. As one of the first organizations in Ontario to offer this program, GCA will present the experiences and impact of the first run of the SAS in 2013. 70

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Understanding The Significant Impact Of Poverty On Autism Daniel Marston, Ph.D. Room Number: 306 Social Justice A very large percentage of individuals and families who deal with autism also face the problem of financial poverty. This is an important issue given the degree to which poverty affects the neurobehavioral aspects of autism and also access to care and resources. What the present program will address are the issues most relevant to understanding the impact of poverty on autism and also ways professionals can help address those issues. Vision Issues In Autism: More Than Meets The Eye Patricia S. Lemer, M.Ed., NCC Room Number: 304 Treatment Approach Learn how to recognize and address underlying visual processing problems such as poor binocularity and focus issues in those with ASD. Explore language, movement, social-emotional functioning, academics, and the impact of faulty vision. By understanding the meaning of symptoms such as poor eye contact and visual cues, you will be ready to face even the most challenging behaviors. Learn creative ways to collaborate, advocate, and improve overall function in individuals of all ages and levels of ability.

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Saturday, July 13th 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM Building Capacity Of Schools To Implement Evidence-Based Practices With Young Students With ASD Amy Ducker Cohen, Ph.D., BCBA; Maigret Fay, M.Ed., BCBA; Julie Smith, M.A., BCBA Room Number: 305 Education This session provides an overview of a training and coaching model on evidencedbased practices for children with autism spectrum disorder, based on the work of the National Professional Development Center on ASD. The project has been implemented with early childhood special education programs in Vermont to build the capacity of providers to meet the needs of young children with ASD and their families. Strategies, outcomes, and data from the past 2 years as well as implications for other states will be shared. Fantasy Enthrallment In Children With High Functioning Autism: Manifestations and Practice Considerations Joel Shaul, LCSW Room Number: 304 Life Skills The restriction of interests seen in individuals with high-functioning autism often takes the form of enthrallment with fantasy. This presentation assesses both dysfunctional and functional manifestations of intense imagination in children with ASD, examining social skills training methods that take the appeal of fantasy into account. Several practical psycho-educational methods employing fantasy themes are explained. Finding Happiness In Unlikely Places: Transforming Pain To Possibility Rhonda Hull, Ph.D., M.Ed. Room Number: 316 Caregivers Caring for Themselves Are you depleted and feel no matter how much you give, it is never enough? Have you become so numb that you are drowning in worry and exhaustion, close to losing hope? As much as you love your child, do you feel resentful from always having to put yourself last? This presentation is for weary caring women facing relentless circumstances who want to revive their enthusiasm and learn how to get their “happy� back no matter what! 72

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Funding Autism Treatment Using Medicaid Funds In Pennsylvania Steven Kossor, Psy.D. Room Number: 315 Social Justice Learn about federal and state laws regarding EPSDT funding in Pennsylvania that control access to funding for Behavioral Health Rehabilitation Services (BHRS, often misleadingly called “wraparound services” in Pennsylvania). Access to EPSDT funding for BHRS is a civil right for children with disabilities, but formidable barriers to it have been created and maintained. Learn how to overcome obstacles to EPSDT funding, regardless of family income and private insurance status. I’m Ready For College But I Can’t Find My Homework Michael McManmon, Psy.D. Room Number: 301 Education Learn executive functioning strategies to help students who have challenges planning ahead and staying organized to function effectively in everyday life. Understand how a lack of strong “EF” is a major reason students fail in high school and university. Due to executive functioning difficulties, these students often struggle to perform at an academic level that reflects their cognitive skills and abilities. In this interactive session, learn effective intervention strategies to help your student(s) succeed. Nine Essential Ingredients In Maintaining a Successful Relationship: ASD Edition Lindsey A. Nebeker, B.A. Room Number: 307 Life Skills A young woman with autism in a long-term relationship (with a partner with autism) will share her personal journey of romance on the spectrum and present unique challenges and strategies for relationship maintenance tailored to couples - with one partner or both partners on the autism spectrum.

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Saturday, July 13th Practical Strategies To Address Executive Function Deficits In Individuals With Autism Spectrum Disorder Rebecca A. Moyes, M.Ed. Room Number: 302 Life Skills Executive functions are the cognitive tasks that allow us to regulate and monitor behavior. If your student or child has any of the following concerns, he may be struggling with executive function deficits: is unorganized, can’t seem to hold directions in his/her brain, lacks motivation, can be blunt, is forgetful, has difficulty “letting things go”. Come and learn practical strategies for school and home that will empower your student or child to succeed while capitalizing on his/her strengths. Sleep Issues For People With Autism David F. Hamrick, M.S. Room Number: 311 Life Skills Getting a good night’s sleep is critically important, and many of us don’t get enough of it. There are many different factors that can result in difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep as well as waking up too early. There are easy strategies for dealing with these problems, and these are discussed in this presentation. The Power Of Personal Outcomes Becky Hansen, M.A. Room Number: 303 Life Skills Attendees will be introduced to CQL’s ground-breaking instrument, method and values-based quality-of-life system, the Personal Outcome Measures®. The POMs® have grounded CQL’s work, research, accreditation, training and consultation for two decades and advanced a person-centered quality of life focus. POMs® have directly impacted service systems and public policy initiatives, community-based service organizations, direct support professionals and tens of thousands of people. Instead of evaluating how services are delivered, the POMs® approach looks at whether they are having the desired outcomes.

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Using Portfolios To Assist In The Transitional Process and In Gaining Employment Jennifer Sellers, Ph.D. Room Number: 318 Education Carothers and Taylor (2003) recognized that portfolios better illustrate the capabilities of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) than IQ tests, which do not accurately measure the intelligence of these individuals. Kohler (1994) and Landmark, Ju, and Zhanga (2010) identified the Best Practices in Transition, which include assessing the strengths and weaknesses of the individuals. The presenter will discuss how to construct a portfolio using these best practices and will explain how the portfolio enables success in the transitional process. Using Technology To Teach Social Skills To Individuals With Autism Spectrum Disorder Kathy Ralabate Doody, Ph.D. Room Number: 306 Life Skills In our increasingly inclusive society, individuals with autism are required to socially interact with peers with typical development. Inclusive settings are not restricted to school, but extend to recreational, community, vocational and residential environments. Implementing a social narrative using digital media is a discreet and efficient means to provide social skill instruction to individuals with ASD. Using a clinical case study, this session will discuss how to effectively implement a social intervention via digital media.

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Speaker Biographies Alvino, Dona, M.Ed., BCBA Dona Alvino is currently the Director of the Program for Students with Autism at an Approved Private School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Dona has 28 years in education and 13 years of experience with autism spectrum disorders. Dona is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Teaching Students On The Autism Spectrum Through a Verbal Behavior/Applied Behavior Approach [BCBA Session] Friday, July 12, 1:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Asaro-Saddler, Kristie, Ph.D. Dr. Kristie Asaro-Saddler is an Assistant Professor of Special Education at the University at Albany. Dr. Asaro-Saddler conducts research with children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), specifically regarding their ability to self-regulate while writing. Prior to entering higher education, Dr. Asaro-Saddler taught children with ASD in a self-contained classroom Writing Instruction For Children With High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorders Friday, July 12, 9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Becker, Corina, B.A. Corina Becker is Vice President and Co-founder of the Autism Women’s Network. She is diagnosed on the autism spectrum. Corina is currently a full-time student of Disability Studies at Ryerson University and a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University with a BA in Arts & English. Autistic Females Across The Lifespan Friday, July 12, 1:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Benton, Mary, M.Ed., BCBA Mary Benton is a retired Special Education teacher and currently provides consultative services to individuals with ASD. She holds a master’s degree in special education and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Destination Friendship: A Model To Developing Friendships In Individuals With ASD Thursday, July 11, 3:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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Bittner, Matthew, M.S., OTR/L Matt Bittner is a graduate of Duquesne University where he obtained a Master’s Degree of Occupational Therapy. He is the Occupational Therapy Coordinator at the Bridgeville Satellite of The Children’s Institute, an adjunct faculty member at Duquesne University, a Love and Logic Parent Facilitator, and certified in Therapeutic Listening®. Functional Feeding Issues: A Team Approach Saturday, July 13, 8:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. Borsett-Kanter, Leslie, M.D. Leslie Borsett-Kanter joined The Children’s Institute as the outpatient functional feeding team’s physician leader. She earned her medical degree from UF College of Medicine and completed a year of subspecialty training in learning disabilities, behavior management and ADD. She practiced at Scott & White Clinic and HospitalKilleen Satellite. Functional Feeding Issues: A Team Approach Saturday, July 13, 8:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. Boyle, Leslie Leslie Boyle is a Community Options Facilitator Team Lead in the Pathways of Extended Learning program at Geneva Centre for Autism. Leslie has been in the field of Social Services for 10 years. She has worked in various programs at Geneva Centre including Respite, TPAS IBI services and Pathways of Extended Learning Adult Program. Leslie is a Certified Non Violent Crisis Intervention Trainer. Leslie is currently a Team Lead for Adult Services which offers a wide range of transitional support services that are individualized and goal driven for youth and adults with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. Multi-Disciplinary Approach To Sustainable Employment For Young Adults On The Autism Spectrum Friday, July 12, 3:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

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Speaker Biographies Brown, Hillary, M.A. Hillary Brown is a student support specialist with the West Virginia Autism Training Center’s College Program for Students with Asperger Syndrome at Marshall University. She specializes in providing person-centered supports for students as they live out a typical college lifestyle. Bridging The Gap: Supporting Students With Asperger’s Disorder During The Transition Into The Workforce Saturday, July 13, 8:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. Brown, Linda Ronan, J.D. Linda Brown has 25 years of experience in autism - as mother of two adult sons with ASD, advocate and trainer. Five years ago she made her son’s dream of living in his own home, with support, come true. Linda is currently working in affordable housing. Getting My Own Address Friday, July 12, 3:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. Caffry, James A., Esq. Jim Caffry is an attorney and the father of a 12-year-old son with autism. Jim’s law practice is focused on working with families with special needs. Jim is a member of the Special Needs Alliance and the Vermont Developmental Disabilities Council. Introduction To Special Needs Planning, Where Do We Start? Wednesday, July 10, 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Two Dads-Two Lawyers: A Parents’ Guide To Special Needs Planning Thursday, July 11, 1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. Campbell, Scott Scott Campbell is a trainer of families and first responder personnel (law enforcement, firefighters, EMTs and others) in northern Virginia and southern Maryland since 2005, doing over 200 of these training sessions (including eleven of them in national forums). He has been an active-duty Army officer since 1982 and President of Autism Society of Northern Virginia since July 2012. Autism Spectrum Disorders and Public Safety Considerations: Guidance For Families, Caregivers and Self-Advocates Saturday, July 13, 11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

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Cannata, William Captain William Cannata, Jr., retired, has been a member of the fire service for more than 30 years, and is the Program Director of the Autism and Law Enforcement Education Coalition formed in 2003. He is also the parent of a child with an autism spectrum disorder. First Responders Autism Training Session Wednesday, July 10, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Emergency Experts Advocate For Autism Safety In The Community: The Safe and Sound Initiative Thursday, July 11, 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Cefaratti, Laura-Sun Laura-Sun Cefaratti is an autistic self-advocate and on the Board of Directors for The Musical Autist. She is a graduate of Maryland School for the Blind. She has given speeches and musical performances for The Arc of Maryland, the ICDL 2012 conference, SensoryFriendly Concerts and many other community events. Sensoryfriendly Concerts(TM) , An Opportunity To Celebrate Neurodiversity Through Community Music Therapy Friday, July 12, 1:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Cohen, Amy Ducker, Ph.D, BCBA Amy Cohen is Clinical Director of Howard Center’s Autism Spectrum Program, a community-based, behavioral intervention program for children with autism in Burlington, Vermont. She is co-chair of the Vermont Autism Task Force and the Vermont Autism Plan Advisory Committee, and a Vermont Association for Behavior Analysis board member. Building Capacity Of Schools To Implement Evidence-Based Practices With Young Students With ASD Saturday, July 13, 1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

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Speaker Biographies Collins, Laurie, RPN Laurie Collins has worked with adults with disabilities for over 15 years as a Community Visiting Nurse Supervisor, Administrator of Acquired Brain Injury services and Supervisor of Respite Services. She is a Certified Brain Injury Specialist and a Non-Violent Crisis Intervention trainer. Multi-Disciplinary Approach To Sustainable Employment For Young Adults On The Autism Spectrum Friday, July 12, 3:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. Colson, Emily Emily Colson, author of the award-winning book Dancing with Max, speaks to churches and organizations across the country and has appeared on numerous media outlets. Emily shares a message of hope and joy in the midst of single parenting her 22-year-old son with autism. How To Create “Win-Win� Relationships With Our Faith Communities Thursday, July 11, 1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. Corbett, Tom Tom Corbett is the 46th Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. He has served the citizens of the Commonwealth as Assistant U.S. Attorney, U.S. Attorney, Chair of the Pennsylvania Commission of Crime and Delinquency, Pennsylvania Attorney General and now Governor. The Executive Branch: Addressing The Needs Of The Autism Community Thursday, July 11, 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Coucouvanis, Judith A., M.A., PMHCNS-BC Judith Coucouvanis is a psychiatric nurse practitioner at University of Michigan. With over 30 years of experience in the field of ASD, she has assisted countless families in toilet training. She is the author of The Potty Journey: Guide To Toilet Training Children with Special Needs, a 2010 NAPPA Gold winner. Toilet Training Your Child With Autism: Strategies For Success Thursday, July 11, 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

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Creedon, Margaret P., Ph.D. Margaret P. Creedon is a special projects director for Autism Research Institute, professional advisory panel member of ASA, director of the international Autism Network for Deaf/Hard of Hearing and Blind/Visually Impaired, DePaul University adjunct faculty, charter member, DCAAN (Disabilities and Child Abuse Action Network). Autism Network For Individuals Deaf/Hard Of Hearing and Blind/Visually Impaired Annual Meeting: Vision, The Unseen Disability In Autism Thursday, July 11, 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. daVanport, Sharon Sharon daVanport is President and Co-founder of the Autism Women’s Network. She is diagnosed on the autism spectrum. As a Board Member with Nebraska Statewide Independent Living Council, she sits on the Committee that writes the Nebraska State Plan. She is currently a full-time student studying Business and Psychology. Autistic Females Across The Lifespan Friday, July 12, 1:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Davis, Larry Martin, M.A. Larry Davis received the Puget Sound Super Hero Award presented by Parent Map Magazine due to his nationally recognized advocacy practice specializing in complex casework since 1998. He is the author of two books, with Love, Understanding, and Other Best Practices available on Amazon. Also, he coordinates a local Gifted program. Living On The Spectrum: A Sense-Ational Perspective Of Hope, Inspiration, and Resources Friday, July 12, 3:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. Dixon Shove, Sandra Sandra Shove Dixon is a special education advocate; mother of three (one with autism); Vice President, Autism Society of Santa Barbara; Second Vice President, Autism Society of California; member, Alliance of California Autism Organizations, Council of Parent Advocates and Attorneys, Women’s Organization for Special Education Professionals, SBUSD Special Education Parent Advisory Committee. Start Where You Are: Goals For Your Child, Your Family and Yourself Friday, July 12, 1:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

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Speaker Biographies Doehring, Peter J., Ph.D. Peter Doehring has over 20 years experience and has led the development of regional and statewide programs for children with ASD and related disabilities that integrate research and treatment in health and in education. This includes a statewide public school program, a university-based training program, an inpatient treatment program for children in behavioral crisis and a statewide team for early identification. Roadmaps For Leaders Of Advocacy Programs: Improving Access and Addressing Meaningful Outcomes Wednesday, July 10, 5:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Donnelly, Julie A., Ph.D. Julie Donnelly is an adjunct associate professor for the University of Missouri, where she teaches autism classes in their master’s program. She keynotes conferences, gives presentations, consults and publishes internationally. Julie is the mother of Jean-Paul Bovee, who experiences autism. Speaking For Ourselves: Panel Of Individuals With Autism Friday, July 12, 3:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. Donohoe, Jimmy Sargent Jimmy Donohoe is the creator of the Take Me Home program, a database where participants who are unable to properly identify themselves register with a photo, physical description and contact information so first responders can interact with increased knowledge when contact with a person with autism occurs. First Responders Autism Training Session Wednesday, July 10, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Emergency Experts Advocate For Autism Safety In The Community: The Safe and Sound Initiative Thursday, July 11, 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

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Doody, Kathy Ralabate, Ph.D. Kathy Doody is a professor at SUNY, Buffalo State, working with students with ASD, their families, teachers and providers. Her interest in ASD originated from her 16-year-old son with moderate autism. She is continually inspired by him and the individuals she has known during her 15-year career. Dr. Doody’s areas of interest include ASD, behavior management, and low incidence disabilities. She was a special education teacher for 15 years, before completing her doctoral degree in special education/ASD. She provides consultation and teacher training to schools/agencies working with individuals with ASD. She is a member of the NYS Commissioner’s Advisory Panel for Special Education, advising the Governor, Legislature and Commissioner on special education matters. Using Technology To Teach Social Skills To Individuals With Autism Spectrum Disorder Saturday, July 13, 1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. Doyle, Mike Mike Doyle is currently serving his tenth term in Congress representing the 14th District of Pennsylvania, which includes the city of Pittsburgh. His top priorities include revitalizing communities through economic development and high-tech initiatives, creating jobs, reforming health care, providing better public education, establishing a comprehensive long-term national energy strategy that creates green jobs and addresses global warming, and fostering a better climate for our hightech community. Congressman Doyle serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee which is one of only four exclusive committees in the House. There he sits on the subcommittees on: 1) Energy and Power and 2) Communications and Technology. Congressman Doyle is a member in the House Democratic Caucus and the founder and co-chair of the Congressional Autism Caucus, also known as the Coalition for Autism Research and Education (C.A.R.E.). Legislative Efforts and The Autism Community Saturday, July 13, 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

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Speaker Biographies Ellis, C. Rick, Ed.D Dr. Rick Ellis has over 20 years’ experience working with ASD as a School, Clinical and Forensic Psychologist. He is a sought-after speaker, media expert, therapist, author, advocate and forensic specialist on ASD/LD/ADHD, etc. He serves on the Board of the Elizabeth Birt Center for Autism Law and Advocacy. From Tantrum To Tragedy: Prevention, Advocacy and Treatment Of Aggression In ASD Thursday, July 11, 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Ellison, Marc, M.A., LPC Marc Ellison is the Associate Director of Training for the West Virginia Autism Training Center at Marshall University. Marc has worked professionally for more than 25 years to provide person-centered supports to individuals who live with ASD. Marc is also a part-time professor of Counseling at Marshall University. Developing A Therapeutic Relationship With Clients Diagnosed With Asperger’s Disorder Friday, July 12, 3:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. Bridging The Gap: Supporting Students With Asperger’s Disorder During The Transition Into The Workforce Saturday, July 13, 8:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. Faber, Scott, M.D. Dr. Scott Faber is a pediatrician board certified in Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics, Neurodevelopmental Disabilities and General Pediatrics and a Developmental Pediatrician at The Children’s Institute, a pediatric rehabilitation hospital in Pittsburgh, Pa. He has presented at the Autism Research Institute and International Medical Conference for Autism Research meetings. A Framework For Understanding: The Biomedical Presentation Of Children With Autism Thursday, July 11, 3:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Fay, Maigret, M.Ed, BCBA Maigret Fay is an Autism Specialist at Howard Center in Burlington, Vermont where she provides community-based, intensive behavioral intervention services to children with autism. She also works as a consultant to school districts providing training and coaching regarding the use of evidence-based practices. Building Capacity Of Schools To Implement Evidence-Based Practices With Young Students With ASD Saturday, July 13, 1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

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Filippi, Debi Debi Filippi is a coach, parent, educator, and human behavior consultant. She provides coaching, training, and consulting services to parents, caregivers, schools, and organizations nationwide. A devoted mother of two exceptional young adults, she has been married for more than 25 years and has been educating, equipping, and encouraging individuals, families, and service providers for nearly 20 years. Debi is a gifted presenter with a passion for empowering people to reach their full potential; she shares her unique perspective on parenting through personal stories, humor, and experiential activities. She also provides life-skills coaching to students. A Faith-Based Family: From Challenging Behaviors To Values & Life Skills Wednesday, July 10, 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Finkler, Nina, M.Ed., LDT/C, BCBA Nina Finkler is the Director of Outreach Services for the Eden Autism Services. She has worked in the field of autism for 20 years, including extensive practical application of Applied Behavior Analysis, curriculum development, parent training, consultation and assessment. Applying ABA Through The Life Span [BCBA Session] Wednesday, July 10, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Autism Services: Can The Public Schools Compare To a Private Program? [BCBA Session] Thursday, July 11, 1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. Fitzpatrick, Gayle, M.Ed., BFA Gayle Fitzpatrick has been an artist and educator for 25 years in public schools, private foundations, community programs and colleges. Using research, best practice in education, and thinking outside the box, Gayle has developed programs for effective education that respect and honor the student’s mode of learning. Gayle has many years of pursuing advocacy and civil rights on behalf of children through schools and the Autism Society of Maine. She also works on behalf of her own children, who are 10 and 16, both of whom live with AS. Triggers In Dysregulation: Self Advocates Share Their Experiences and Solutions Wednesday, July 10, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

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Speaker Biographies Gassner, Dena, LMSW Dena Gassner is a nationally recognized service provider to teens and adults with AS. A co-author of Scholars with Autism Achieving Dreams, she assisted the Tennessee Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in rewriting their state handbook. She is a member of the Autism Summit Team and the Governor’s Speaker’s Bureau. Triggers In Dysregulation: Self-Advocates Share Their Experiences and Solutions Wednesday, July 10, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Thursday, July 11, 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Geslak, David S., B.S., CSCS, ACSM-HFS David S. Geslak is an autism fitness specialist and Founder of Exercise Connection. He is an internationally recognized author and speaker. David shares his passion for exercise with people invested in the autism community and hopes to make exercise a part of each child’s, adult’s and family member’s lifestyle. ecautism.com The Language Of Exercise: Movements Impact On Language Development Thursday, July 11, 3:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. The Power Of Exercise Friday, July 12, 9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Goldfarb, B. Madeleine B.Madeleine Goldfarb is the Founder and Executive Director of Noah’s Ark Institute that is committed to making the world a better place for all people living with Autism. She is an expert in safety and emergency preparedness as it relates to people living with Autism and is a national expert with FEMA who presents worldwide on these issues. Safety and Travel: The Road To Community Thursday, July 11, 1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

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Gould, Kathy L., M.S. Kathy Gould is Director of the Illinois Autism Training and Technical Assistance Project, a statewide initiative of the Illinois State Board of Education. Kathy was formerly Executive Director of the Learning Disabilities Association of Hawaii, Director of Hawaii’s OSEP Parent Training Center, and helped create Hawaii’s first Autism Training Project. Tips and Tweaks For Effective School Wide PBIS For Students With ASD Thursday, July 11, 3:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Improving Family Outcomes For Children With ASD: Through Family-Centered Positive Behavior Support Friday, July 12, 1:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Gray, Carol, B.S. Carol Gray is a consultant, speaker and author serving people with autism. She is best known for developing Social Stories™ and her groundbreaking work on bullying, loss and learning. Carol is the recipient of several awards for her international contributions to the education of children with ASD. Social Stories: Breaking New Ground To Address Life’s Most Challenging Topics Thursday, July 11, 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Grayer, Julia, B.A. Julia Grayer is a psychology master’s student in Dr. Felicia Hurewitz’s developmental lab at Drexel University. Before arriving at Drexel, Julia received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Haverford College and worked as a school- and homebased behavior therapist for children and adults on the autism spectrum. Peer-Mediated Supports For College Students With Autism Spectrum Disorder Friday, July 12, 9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Greenburg, Carol, M.A. Carol Greenburg is East Coast Director of the Autism Women’s Network and is Coeditor of the Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism. Carol is diagnosed on the autism spectrum and is parenting a young son with severe language delays. She is currently a special education consultant and professional non-attorney advocate. Autistic Females Across The Lifespan Friday, July 12, 1:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

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Speaker Biographies Groden, June, Ph.D. Dr. June Groden is co-founder of the Groden Center in Providence, Rhode Island, an educational and treatment facility that serves children and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities. She has been actively involved in numerous programs for people with autism, developmental disabilities and other behavioral problems. The Importance Of Teaching Resilience Friday, July 12, 9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Halbig, Wolfgang Wolfgang Halbig is a very passionate educational presenter with a unique educational and law enforcement background. He is a national presenter for School Board Associations and the United States Department of Justice in creating safe schools. Changing Course On Restraints and Forced Seclusions Saturday, July 13, 11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Hamrick, David F., M.S. David Hamrick is a National Weather Service meteorologist. He received his meteorology M.S. from North Carolina State University in Raleigh. He is a well-known public speaker who discusses how living with high-functioning autism has influenced him. He was diagnosed at age three and in special education classes until fourth grade. Sleep Issues For People With Autism Saturday, July 13, 1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. Hansen, Becky, M.A. Becky Hansen is currently the Director of Accreditation for CQL. In this role, she serves on the CQL leadership team and oversees international accreditation and training services offered through CQL. A passionate advocate and speaker, Ms. Hansen has worked in the human services field for over twenty years. She has presented at a variety of national conferences including the 2012 Reinventing Quality Conference. Ms. Hansen holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a master’s in Counseling and Human Resource Development. The Power Of Personal Outcomes Saturday, July 13, 1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

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Harris, Kerrie, M.A. Kerrie Harris is the Transition Specialist for The College Support Program for Students with Asperger Syndrome at Marshall University. Harris is currently a provisionally licensed counselor in the state of West Virginia, specializing in using a person-centered and individualized approach to serving college students with Asperger’s Disorder. Effective Mental Health Supports For Students With Asperger’s Disorder In Higher Education Friday, July 12, 9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Heinlein, Daniel Daniel Heinlein is the host of I Am Autistic, the flagship interview program of The Autism Channel, an on-demand streaming television channel. Daniel began taking an interest in autism and the autism spectrum community when he was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome in 2004. Autism and The Media Friday, July 12, 10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Heintz, Debbie Debbie Heintz is the mother to Julia, who is diagnosed with cerebral palsy, and Donovan, who has autism. Mrs. Heintz has spent the last eight years advocating to ensure their diverse needs are met in a variety of settings. Mrs. Heintz currently serves the board of Rising Star Learning Center. Parents and Professionals Working Together “S.U.C.C.E.S.S.Fully” Friday, July 12, 3:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. Helbert, Karla, LPC Karla Helbert is a licensed therapist with a private practice in Richmond, VA. She has worked with people on the autism spectrum for 16 years. She has recently published her first book, Finding Your Own Way Grieve: A Creative Activity Workbook for Kids and Teens on the Autism Spectrum. Finding Your Own Way To Grieve: Supporting Those On The Spectrum In Grief and Loss Saturday, July 13, 11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

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Speaker Biographies Hensel, Stacey, M.A., MT-BC, LCAT, NRMT Stacey Hensel has extensive experience as a clinician, instructor and supervisor in a music-centered music therapy model. She is currently at the Rebecca School in NYC. Stacey is also a supervisor for creative music therapists in the New York City area. Developmental Therapy and Music Therapy Together To Address Abstraction In Autism Saturday, July 13, 11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Hoaglund, Stacey Stacey Hoaglund is a special needs advocate, author and parent of a young man with autism. She is the founder of Disability Training and Support Specialists and editor of The Autism Notebook Magazine. Stacey is past president of the Autism Society Broward and serves on the board of Autism Society Florida. Bringing All The Pieces Together: Navigating a Complex System Friday, July 12, 9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Holland, Joann, BSW Joann Holland is from the Finger Lakes Region of NY. She has a BSW and a master’s in Management, providing an interesting perspective on cost-effective services. She has 25 years of experience working in mental health and developmental services and has developed several successful programs serving special populations. A Family Driven Service Model: Small Investment, Big Results Thursday, July 11, 3:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Hollis, Carol, M.Ed. Carol Hollis has extensive knowledge and background as a Special Education teacher and Educational Consultant with children with ASD. She holds a BCBA and master’s degree in education. Destination Friendship: A Model To Developing Friendships In Individuals With ASD Thursday, July 11, 3:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Holmes, David L., Ed.D. Dr. David L. Holmes is a Board Certified Forensic Examiner. He is the immediate past president and founder of The Eden Family of Services and past chair of the ASA’s Panel of Professional Advisors. The Jones-Holmes Criteria: Critical Factors In Autism Custody Disputes Thursday, July 11, 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

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Hoschek, Courtney Courtney Hoschek is the Intermediate Autism Teacher at John Witherspoon Middle School in Princeton, NJ. Her responsibilities include curriculum/program development, IEP writing, behavior management and collaboration with ancillary service providers. Prior to her current position, Ms. Hoschek was the Assistant Director of Educational Services for the Eden Autism Services. Autism Services: Can The Public Schools Compare To a Private Program? [BCBA Session] Thursday, July 11, 1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. Hovatter, Peggy, M.A. Peggy Hovatter is a senior education specialist with the West Virginia Autism Training Center. She has had the pleasure of learning from people with autism for more than 20 years. Peggy provides individualized Positive Behavior Support to people with autism and their families in West Virginia. Developing A Therapeutic Relationship With Clients Diagnosed With Asperger’s Disorder Friday, July 12, 3:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. Hubach, Stephanie Stephanie Hubach serves as Special Needs Ministries Director at the Presbyterian Church in America, and is the author of Same Lake, Different Boat: Coming Alongside People Touched by Disability (2006) and All Things Possible: Calling Your Church Leadership to Disability Ministry (2007). How To Create “Win-Win” Relationships With Our Faith Communities Thursday, July 11, 1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. Hull, Rhonda, Ph.D., M.Ed. Rhonda Hull knows firsthand the burnout that comes from putting others first and believes that the most powerful gift we can give another is taking a stand for our own worth and happiness regardless of our circumstances, allowing us to see happiness in the most unlikely circumstances. Finding Happiness In Unlikely Places: Transforming Pain To Possibility Saturday, July 13, 1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

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Speaker Biographies Hurewitz, Felicia, Ph.D. Felicia Hurewitz is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology of Drexel University with a concentration in developmental psychology and psycholinguistics. In 2010, Dr. Hurewitz founded the Drexel Autism Support Program (DASP), which provides social skills assistance and peer mentoring for Drexel University students with ASD. Peer-Mediated Supports For College Students With Autism Spectrum Disorder Friday, July 12, 9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Hynes, Bianca, B.A. Bianca Hynes is a Student Support Specialist for The College Support Program for Students with Asperger Syndrome at Marshall University. Her educational background is in the field of mental health counseling. Hynes specializes in using a person-centered and individualized approach to serving college students with Asperger’s Disorder. Effective Mental Health Supports For Students With Asperger’s Disorder In Higher Education Friday, July 12, 9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Insel, Thomas, M.D. Thomas R. Insel is Director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Dr. Insel has served on numerous academic, scientific, and professional committees and boards. Dr. Insel has served as Chair of the IACC since it was first convened in January 2007 after being established under the Combating Autism Act of 2006. IACC develops an annual summary of advances in ASD research related to causes, prevention, treatment, early screening, diagnosis, intervention, and access to services and supports. The Executive Branch: Addressing The Needs Of The Autism Community Thursday, July 11, 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

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Irish, Debbie, DSW Debbie Irish joined Geneva Centre for Autism to develop respiteservices.com. Debbie has held a number of positions: Manager of the Training Institute, Program Director, and most recently Chief Operating Officer. Debbie has presented at a number of conferences on Person-Directed Planning, respite models, adult models of service, and elearning. Social Skills & Emotional Regulation Training: Experiences Running Secret Agent Society Program Saturday, July 13, 11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Izak, Jonathan Jonathan Izak is the CEO and Founder of Special NeedsWare – a technology startup based in NYC. Jonathan has a younger brother diagnosed with autism and was inspired to start Special Needs Ware with the vision of using modern technology to help those with special needs. Jonathan Izak has guest lectured on AAC and technology at a number of universities and conferences around the country. Don’t Just Customize, Personalize: Innovative iPad App Implementation For Unique Learners Friday, July 12, 1:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Jackson, Jolin, M.S., BCBA Jolin Jackson is currently the Autism Program Specialist at an Approved Private School in Pennsylvania, providing guided support to classrooms using an ABA approach. Jolin has 8 years of experience working with children on the autism spectrum and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Teaching Students On The Autism Spectrum Through a Verbal Behavior/Applied Behavior Approach [BCBA Session] Friday, July 12, 1:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

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Speaker Biographies Johnston, Melanie, M.A., SLP Melanie Johnston is a specialist in autism and developmental disabilities, consulting with schools, individuals and corporations. She is a speech pathologist with an MA in Special Education, postgraduate education in Ed. Psychology and more than 30 years’ experience in as a therapist, educator, lecturer and consultant. Don’t Just Customize, Personalize: Innovative iPad APP Implementation For Unique Learners Friday, July 12, 1:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Using iPad’s To Increase Independence For Transitioning Students and Adults With ASD Friday, July 12, 3:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. Joni Jones, RN Joni Jones is a registered nurse who is certified by the Developmental Disabilities Nurses Association (DDNA) and is also board certified in psychiatric and mental health nursing. She is the parent of two children on the autism spectrum, one of whose success story won an Emmy award in 2003 for CN8 news. She is a published author, national speaker and has served as a guardian ad litem for the Superior Court in child protective services cases. The Jones-Holmes Criteria: Critical Factors In Autism Custody Disputes Thursday, July 11, 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Jones, Larry, J.D. The Hon. Larry Jones is the parent of two sons on the autism spectrum. He was a family law attorney before being appointed to the New Jersey Superior Court. The Jones-Holmes Criteria: Critical Factors In Autism Custody Disputes Thursday, July 11, 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Kabot, Susan, Ed.D., CCC-SLP Susan Kabot received her degree from Nova Southeastern University. She is a Florida licensed speech-language pathologist and holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She is the mother of an adult son, Michael, with autism. Taming The Data Monster: Practical Data Collection and Analysis [BCBA Session] Thursday, July 11, 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Building Independence: How To Create and Use Structured Work Systems [BCBA Session] Saturday, July 13, 11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 94

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Kandler, Zach, M.A., MT-BC Zachary Kandler attended New York University’s master’s program and earned his degree in December 2011. With extensive fieldwork and internship training in the Nordoff-Robbins approach, he recently joined the music therapy team at Rebecca School in the spring of 2011. Developmental Therapy and Music Therapy Together To Address Abstraction In Autism Saturday, July 13, 11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Kelley-Walsh, Kristina Kristina Kelley-Walsh is the Social Skills Facilitator at the Geneva Centre for Autism. She has worked with people with disabilities for the past seven years, with a specific focus on ASD. Kristina is dedicated and passionate about helping individuals with ASD achieve skills to live more independent and meaningful lives. Social Skills & Emotional Regulation Training: Experiences Running Secret Agent Society Program Saturday, July 13, 11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Eszter Kiss, M.A. Eszter Kiss is the Mental Health Support Staff for The College Program for Students with Asperger’s Syndrome at Marshall University. She is in the process of becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of West Virginia. Ms. Kiss provides effective therapeutic services for clients diagnosed with metal disorders such as Asperger’s Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, or Mood Disorders. Ms. Kiss holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling. Effective Mental Health Supports For Students With Asperger’s Disorder In Higher Education Friday, July 12, 9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Klaw, Rebecca, MS, M.Ed. Rebecca Klaw has worked with and on behalf of persons with ASD for more than 25 years in her roles as Therapist, Consultant, Trainer and Advocate. Ms. Klaw has provided training and consultation to families and professionals throughout the United States. Recognizing Neglect and Abuse -- and What To Do About It Friday, July 12, 9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

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Speaker Biographies Kossor, Steven, Psy.D. Steven Kossor is a Pennsylvania Licensed psychologist (1981) and certified school psychologist (1984). He created a model for delivering in-home and in-school behavioral support to disabled children, implemented since 1981 and commended by Congress, both houses of the PA legislature, and the CMS for its effectiveness. Funding Autism Treatment Using Medicaid Funds In Pennsylvania Saturday, July 13, 1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. Kucharczyk, Suzanne, Ed.D. Suzanne Kucharczyk is an investigator at the FPG Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina. With a background in special education and adult learning, Suzanne investigates the processes by which professionals and parents learn to effectively implement evidence-based practices for their children and students with ASD. Education and Outcomes For High School Students With Autism Spectrum Disorder: Perspectives From Multiple Stakeholders Saturday, July 13, 8:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. LaBrecque, Karolina, Ph.D. Karolina LaBrecque specializes in Child Development and Autism Spectrum Disorder and other Developmental Disabilities. She has a Master in Psychology from University of Warsaw in Poland. Why Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT) Work Friday, July 12, 9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Lang, Mary Joann, Ph.D., ABPN, BCBA-D Dr. Mary Joann Lang has been involved with the care of children for over 25 years, first as a nurse practitioner, then as an educator. She is the founder and executive director of Beacon Day School and Beacon Autistic Spectrum Independence Center and an associate professor at Azusa Pacific University. Developing a Best-Practices Approach To Teaching Sexual Safety To ASD Individuals [BCBA Session] Friday, July 12, 9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Telehealth Technology For Best Practices Of Problem Behavior Treatment In The Classroom [BCBA Session] Friday, July 12, 1:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. 96

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Latimer, Melody Melody Latimer is the Autistic Self Advocacy Network’s Director of Community Engagement. Her responsibilities include coordinating ASAN’s communications, the Autism Campus Inclusion project, and all US chapters. She was diagnosed as autistic in 2008. When she’s not working, Melody enjoys spending time with her husband and her two autistic boys. Autistic Parenting: Practices From An Autistic Family Saturday, July 13, 8:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. Lebovits, Ronald, Attorney Ronald Lebovits has represented the victims of institutional and custodial neglect since 1998 in a wide range of matters on behalf of clients residing in residential facilities, nursing homes, personal care homes and community-based housing, including claims on behalf of persons with ASD and I/DD. Recognizing Neglect and Abuse -- and What To Do About It Friday, July 12, 9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Lee, S. Kinzie, MPH S. Kinzie Lee is a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Public Health Service and the Deputy Director for Policy at the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She has 10 years of experience working in all levels of public health. Critical Opportunities for Public Health Policies - The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention’s National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD) Thursday, July 11, 3:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Lemer, Patricia S., M.Ed., NCC Patricia Lemer is founder and Executive Director of Developmental Delay Resources. She is a licensed Counselor and was an advocate for over 30 years. She lectures internationally and is presently working in Kuwait. She is the author/editor of the book EnVISIONing a Bright Future, and serves on numerous advisory boards. Vision Issues In Autism: More Than Meets The Eye Saturday, July 13, 11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

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Speaker Biographies Macioce, Deanna, M.S., OTR/L Deanna Macioce is an accomplished occupational therapist with over 10 years of experience in a variety of settings including sensory clinics, outpatient settings, school systems and early intervention. Ms. Macioce is currently serving at Integrations Treatment Center, where she specializes in the treatment of the entire autism spectrum. Parents and Professionals Working Together “S.U.C.C.E.S.S.Fully” Friday, July 12, 3:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. Mackin, Gina L., MSW/LSW Gina L. Mackin graduated from University of Pittsburgh in 2002 with a master’s in Social Work, concentration in Child Welfare. Bachelor of Science from Clarion University in Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse. Utilizing Applied Behavior Analysis To Facilitate Social Skill Development In Adolescents Within Group Settings Thursday, July 11, 3:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Magro, Kerry, M.A. Kerry Magro is the Autism Society’s 2011 Outstanding Individual with Autism. Kerry is now a master’s graduate from Seton Hall University. Kerry today is a National Motivational Speaker who’s traveled around the country. In addition, he is a columnist and founder of KFM Making A Difference. Defining Autism: From Nonverbal To National Speaker Saturday, July 13, 11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Mahler, Kelly, M.S., OTR/L Kelly Mahler is a private OT in Central PA. She is also a co-founder of Destination Friendship, which provides friendship-building opportunities for individuals with ASD. Kelly is author of two books: Destination Friendship (with Benton, Hollis & Womer) and Hygiene and Related Behaviors. Destination Friendship: A Model To Developing Friendships In Individuals With ASD Thursday, July 11, 3:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Teaching Hygiene: A FUN Approach With a Focus On Social Understanding Friday, July 12, 1:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

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Marshak, Laura, Ph.D. Dr. Laura Marshak is a professor at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. As a psychologist and founding partner of North Hills Psychological Services, she often addresses adjustment issues for individuals or couples raising children with disabilities. She is working on her eighth book and presents nationally and internationally. Strengthening Your Marriage Or Partnership While Raising Children On The Spectrum Thursday, July 11, 3:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Marston, Daniel, Ph.D. Dr. Daniel Marston is a licensed psychologist who specializes in the assessment and treatment of neurobehavioral disorders. He is board certified in Behavioral Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology and a Fellow in the American Academy of Cognitive & Behavioral Psychology. Understanding The Significant Impact Of Poverty On Autism Saturday, July 13, 11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. McDonald, Ginger, OTR/L Ginger McDonald is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and has practiced Occupational Therapy for 30+ years in many settings. While she was working with in the Centerville City Schools the idea for Self-Care with Flair was conceived. A Caregiver’s Guide To Teaching Self-Care With Flair! Thursday, July 11, 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. McGonigle, John J., Ph.D. Dr. John McGonigle has over 35 years of clinical experience in working with children, adolescence and adults with Neurodevelopmental Disabilities. He is the Director of the Western Region Autism Center (ASERT) in the Center for Autism and Developmental Disorders at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic in Pittsburgh. Dr. McGonigle currently holds the rank of Assistant Professor of Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry at the University Of Pittsburgh School Of Medicine. Emergency Experts Advocate For Autism Safety In The Community: The Safe and Sound Initiative Thursday, July 11, 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

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Speaker Biographies McGraw, Caroline G. Caroline McGraw is a childhood storyteller, digging for treasure in people with autism and empowering caregivers to do the same. A former L’Arche Program Director, she blogs at AWishComeClear.com, serves as a columnist for AutismAfter16.com, and writes web copy for organizations with an autism focus. Challenges and Joys Of Being a Sibling Thursday, July 11, 1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. McManmon, Michael, Psy.D. Dr. Michael McManmon is a licensed psychologist and has a unique inside perspective as he himself is diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome. Dr. McManmon is a blog author for Psychology Today and the author of Made for Good Purpose, published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers. I’m Ready For College But I Can’t Find My Homework Saturday, July 13, 1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. Merrill, Anna Anna Merrill is a graduate student at Indiana University pursuing a Ph.D. in School Psychology. Additionally, she works part time at the Indiana Resource Center for Autism within the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community. Improving Employment Outcomes For Young Adults With Autism Spectrum Disorder Thursday, July 11, 1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. Mieres, Ana, M.S., PT, Ph.D. Dr. Ana Mieres is the 2011 recipient of the Autism Society of America’s Cathy Pratt Autism Professional of the Year Award. She is a national presenter on the topic of ASD. Mieres is now serving in a position of senior leadership in a Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) at eQHealth Solutions. Primer For Therapists: Establishing Medical Necessity In Clinical Documentation Thursday, July 11, 3:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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Miller, John, M.Ed. John Miller has taught students with autism for a decade. He has drawn on his own experiences of living with autism to help his students grow academically and socially and become more independent. Mr. Miller has presented at a variety of conferences on a variety of issues on autism. A Long and Winding Road: An Examination Of The Transition Process For Individuals With ASD Friday, July 12, 1:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Moody, Larry D., P.E., BSCE Larry Moody serves as a board member for two autism non-profits. He has Asperger Syndrome, ADHD and other difficulties, yet his self-earned net worth puts him among the top 1% of individuals. He is a living testament to the potential for others with an ASD to succeed. Finding The Gifts In Autism and Asperger’s Thursday, July 11, 1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. Moyes, Rebecca A., M.Ed. Rebecca Moyes is a former teacher of nine years and mom to a son with ASD. Rebecca has authored five books in the field of autism and provides training and consultation across the US and Canada. She serves as the Regional Coordinator for Autism Training and Consultation at Pressley Ridge. Practical Strategies To Address Executive Function Deficits In Individuals With Autism Spectrum Disorder Saturday, July 13, 1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. Murray, Erin, M.S., LPC Erin Murray is the Behavioral Coordinator for the Functional Feeding program at The Children’s Institute. Erin obtained her Master of Science in Counseling Psychology from Chatham University with an emphasis in Infant Mental Health and child and adolescent counseling. Erin has worked at CI for six years. Functional Feeding Issues: A Team Approach Saturday, July 13, 8:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.

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Speaker Biographies Naseef, Robert A., Ph.D. Robert Naseef is a psychologist and parent of an adult child with autism. He is the author of Autism in the Family, Caring and Coping Together, Special Children, Challenged Parents and co-editor of Voices from the Spectrum. He specializes in family issues with autism. Rethinking Masculinity: For Fathers Of Children With Autism Friday, July 12, 9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. “911!” First Aid For Your Relationship: When Raising a Child With Autism Saturday, July 13, 11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Nathan, Janice, M.S., CCC-SLP Janice Nathan is a certified speech-language pathologist and owner of Nathan Speech Services. She provides individual speech and language therapy and social skills therapy for children with ASD. Janice’s interest and unique language intervention approach developed as a result of growing up with a brother and a mother with ASD. Teaching Children With ASD To Use Language For Reasoning and Problem-Solving Saturday, July 13, 8:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. Naugle, Erin, M.A., CCC-SLP Erin Naugle is a skillful school-based speech language pathologist who is now serving in private practice at Integrations Treatment Center. Ms. Naugle specializes in serving the entire autism spectrum and is the speech language therapy consultant for the Autism Production show. Parents and Professionals Working Together “S.U.C.C.E.S.S.Fully” Friday, July 12, 3:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. Nebeker, Lindsey A., B.A. Lindsey Nebeker is a musician, international speaker and autism self-advocate living in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. She holds a B.A. in Music Technology from the College of Santa Fe and Partners in Policymaking graduate. Lindsey has appeared in Glamour, Good Morning America and NPR. Nine Essential Ingredients In Maintaining a Successful Relationship: ASD Edition Saturday, July 13, 1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

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Nelson, Andrew, M.A. Andrew Nelson is employed by the WV Autism Training Center at Marshall University as a PBS Trainer. He provides individualized support in regional areas of the state through the agency’s Family Focus Positive Behavior Support program. Developing A Therapeutic Relationship With Clients Diagnosed With Asperger’s Disorder Friday, July 12, 3:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. Nichols, Shana, Ph.D. Dr. Shana Nichols has been working in the field of ASDs for 15 years; she currently works primarily with girls and women with ASDs. She has extensive expertise in cognitive and diagnostic assessment, cognitive-behavioral therapy, consultation and family work. She also conducts applied research associated with her clinical programs. Using Cognitive Behavior Therapy To Address Emotional Well-Being In Youth With ASD Friday, July 12, 1:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. O’Toole, Jennifer Jennifer O’Toole, Temple Grandin Award winner, studied at Brown and Columbia Universities, is the author of the internationally celebrated “Asperkids” series, recipient of GRASP’s DSM Medal, and nominee for Disney’s Teacher of the Year. But most importantly, Jennifer is an Aspie herself, and the mother of three young Asperkids. Relentless Positivity (and a Little Bit of Coffee) Thursday, July 11, 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Odom, Sam, Ph.D. Sam Odom is Principal Investigator of the Center on Secondary Education for Students with ASD and Director of the FPG Child Development Institute at UNC. Dr. Odom has served on several national initiatives on autism. Recent publications have addressed the efficacy of focused intervention approaches for students with ASD. Rethinking High School: Gathering Your Voices To Create a National Vision For Adolescents With ASD Wednesday, July 10, 5:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Education and Outcomes For High School Students With Autism Spectrum Disorder: Perspectives From Multiple Stakeholders Saturday, July 13, 8:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.

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Speaker Biographies Olive, Melissa, Ph.D., BCBA-D Dr. Melissa Olive has published 30 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on communication intervention and challenging behavior. Dr. Olive also has a strong interest in family issues. Since 1993, she has cared for and advocated on behalf of her brother, Mac, an adult with autism and intellectual disability. Using ABA To Address Picky Eating In Children With Autism [BCBA Session] Friday, July 12, 1:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Oliver, Margaret, M.Ed. Margaret Oliver is an advocate for students with autism spectrum disorder. As a teacher, parent and columnist for Autism Asperger’s Digest, she is dedicated to supporting and learning from parents and professionals with the goal of helping the child reach his/her full potential. Parent/Teacher Partnerships That Enhance Student Achievement Saturday, July 13, 8:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. Paradiz, Valerie, Ph.D. Valerie Paradiz directs the Autistic Global Initiative (AGI) of the Autism Research Institute, a committee of professionals with ASD in the disability field who work to build autism services for adults. Valerie developed the 2010 International Book Award education finalist Integrated Self-Advocacy ISAŽ. Supporting Youth In Transition and Adults With Autism At Home and In Daily Living/ Residential Settings Thursday, July 11, 1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. Prezant, Fran P., M.Ed., CCC-SLP Fran Prezant is a therapist, faculty, parent trainer, researcher and author. Currently a clinical supervisor at MSU, she was Research Director at National Center for Disability Services, directed Parent Training at IUP, researched the impact of children with disabilities on marriages, and has coauthored four books and disability-related articles. Strengthening Your Marriage Or Partnership While Raising Children On The Spectrum Thursday, July 11, 3:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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Rada, Robert E., D.D.S. Robert Rada’s private practice is devoted to individuals with developmental disabilities, and he treats patients with autism on an almost daily basis. He has lectured to dental professionals and parents throughout the country on this topic, including at the Autism and Asperger Association Conference in 2012. Oral Healthcare For The Individual With Autism Thursday, July 11, 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Raghavan, Bhanu, OTR/L Bhanu Raghavan is a graduate of The Ohio State University with 25+ years of experience in pediatrics and is certified in the READY Approach for Sensory Issues. She presents workshops on topics related to sensory processing disorders. Watching children with autism struggle with self-care skills provided the idea for Self-Care with Flair! A Caregiver’s Guide To Teaching Self-Care With Flair! Thursday, July 11, 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Rankowski, Brigid Ann Sinclair, B.S. Brigid Rankowski graduated with a degree in Psychology from Cornell College. She works full time with the disability community and in her free time she is in the awardwinning vaudeville troupe Dark Follies. She likes playing with fire, traveling and acting like a goofball. That’s NOT Me: Overcoming The Media’s Influence On The Autistic Stereotype Saturday, July 13, 8:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. Reeve, Christine, Ph.D., BCBA Christine Reeve received her Clinical Psychology degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and holds National Board Certification as a Behavior Analyst (BCBA). She is in private practice, providing consultation to school districts around the country. Taming The Data Monster: Practical Data Collection and Analysis [BCBA Session] Thursday, July 11, 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Building Independence: How To Create and Use Structured Work Systems [BCBA Session] Saturday, July 13, 11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

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Speaker Biographies Roth, Mark Mark Roth is a senior staff writer at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, specializing in medical and science issues. He has taught science writing at Carnegie Mellon since 2007, and was the newspaper’s first science editor in the 1980s. Autism and The Media Friday, July 12, 10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Rothschild, Chloe M. Chloe Rothschild is a young adult with autism. Chloe lives with her family in Sylvania, Ohio. She has a passion for advocating for autism so that she can teach others. Chloe writes for Special-ism.com once a month and is a young leader for the Autistic Global Initiative. Triggers In Dysregulation: Self-Advocates Share Their Experiences and Solutions Thursday, July 11, 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Royce, Shannon Shannon Royce is President & CEO of ChosenFamilies.org, a ministry to families living with hidden disabilities, including ASD. She is an attorney by training and has served in public policy advocacy for almost 30 years. She is wife to Bill, Mom to two teenage sons, a cancer survivor and marathoner. How To Create “Win-Win” Relationships With Our Faith Communities Thursday, July 11, 1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. Rubin, Brian, Esq. Brian Rubin, an attorney and father of a 32-year-old son with autism, limits his practice to special needs planning. Brian is a member of the Special Needs Alliance. He is Co-Chairman of the Illinois Autism Task Force and President of the Arc of Illinois. Introduction To Special Needs Planning, Where Do We Start? Wednesday, July 10, 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Two Dads-Two Lawyers: A Parents’ Guide To Special Needs Planning Thursday, July 11, 1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

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Russell, Deb Deb Russell has created a new consultancy focused on corporate disability inclusion. Before this new chapter of her expanding career, Russell was corporate manager for diversity and inclusion at Walgreens. Charged with thought leadership and oversight of the company’s strategy to include more people with disabilities in its workforce, Russell helped create and shape a new program for the drugstore chain’s supply chain division—the first of its kind. Cracking the Business Code for Competitive Employment Outcomes Wednesday, July 10, 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Ryland, Anise Anise Ryland is the Executive Director for The Johnson Center for Child Health and Development in Austin, TX, and is the mother of three children, including a fourteenyear-old boy with ASD. Science Doesn’t Have To Be Scary: Critical Thinking Guidelines For Parents Thursday, July 11, 3:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Salvatori, Gina, RD/LDN Gina Salvatori is the Director of Clinical Nutrition at The Children’s Institute. Gina obtained her Bachelor of Science in Allied Health Professions, Medical Dietetics from The Ohio State University. Gina has worked at The Children’s Institute for eight years. Functional Feeding Issues: A Team Approach Saturday, July 13, 8:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. Sellers, Jennifer, Ph.D. Jennifer Sellers is a Consultation and Training Specialist with Glenwood Autism and Behavioral Health Center. She has experience with program development in both school- and center-based programs. She currently leads the Standards of Practice in Transition Committee. Dr. Sellers has a 19-year-old son with ASD. Using Portfolios To Assist In The Transitional Process and In Gaining Employment Saturday, July 13, 1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

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Speaker Biographies Shaul, Joel, LCSW Joel Shaul is an autism specialist based in Pittsburgh. He develops psychoeducational resources and provides trainings nationwide through Autism Teaching Strategies (autismteachingstrategies.com). Mr. Shaul also works as a psychotherapist for The Watson Institute of Sewickley, Pennsylvania. Making Talking Visible: Six Conversation Kits For Speech, Mental Health and Teaching Saturday, July 13, 8:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. Fantasy Enthrallment In Children With High Functioning Autism: Manifestations and Practice Considerations Saturday, July 13, 1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. Shiloh, Cj Cj Shiloh has 14 years of experience as a music educator to children with special needs. She is currently in music therapy graduate studies and became a Board Certified Music Therapist in May 2013. She is the director of The Musical and began facilitating “SensoryFriendly Concerts” in May 2011. Sensoryfriendly Concerts™ , An Opportunity To Celebrate Neurodiversity Through Community Music Therapy Friday, July 12, 1:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Shore, Stephen M., Ed.D. Stephen Shore was nonverbal until four and recommended for institutionalization, Dr. Shore focuses on empowering people with autism to develop their capacities to the fullest extent possible. Internationally known author and educator and Autism Society advisory board member, Stephen also serves on boards of other related organizations and teaches at Adelphi University. Triggers In Dysregulation: Self Advocates Share Their Experiences and Solutions Wednesday, July 10, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Senses and Sensibilities: An Inside View On Sensory Issues Towards Greater Understanding Thursday, July 11, 1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. Developing Effective Self-Advocacy Skills For People On The Autism Spectrum Friday, July 12, 9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

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Simmons, Lisa Lisa Simmons is the author of I Would Have Said Yes: A Family’s Journey with Autism, has taught in both private and public schools, and has worked with teenagers with learning disabilities. Lisa also assists her husband in his role on the national Board of Directors for the ASA. How To Create “Win-Win” Relationships With Our Faith Communities Thursday, July 11, 1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. Simun, Ann, Psy.D. Ann Simun is a Licensed Psychologist with specialization in Neuropsychology and a credentialed School Psychologist. She is a member of the American Psychological Association, National Academy of Neuropsychology and International Neuropsychological Society. Start Where You Are: Goals For Your Child, Your Family and Yourself Friday, July 12, 1:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Smith, Chris Rep. Chris Smith is currently in his 17th term in the U.S. House of Representatives and currently serves as a senior member on the Foreign Affairs Committee, and is chairman of its Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organization Subcommittee. Representative Smith has long chaired a number of bipartisan congressional caucuses (working groups) including the Pro-life (30 years), Autism (14 years), Alzheimer’s (12 years), Lyme Disease (eight years), Spina Bifida (eight years), Human Trafficking (eight years), Refugees (eight years), and Combating Anti-Semitism caucuses, and serves on caucuses on Bosnia, Uganda and Vietnam. Legislative Efforts and The Autism Community Saturday, July 13, 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Smith, Julie, M.A, BCBA Julie Smith is an Autism Specialist Supervisor at Howard Center in Burlington, Vermont, where she oversees the implementation of community-based behavior intervention services for children with autism. She also provides training and coaching services to school districts aimed at capacity building and supporting children with autism in the classroom. Building Capacity Of Schools To Implement Evidence-Based Practices With Young Students With ASD Saturday, July 13, 1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. 109


Speaker Biographies Stansberry Brusnahan, L. Lynn, Ph.D. Lynn Stansberry-Brusnahan parents a young adult with autism. As an Associate Professor at University of St. Thomas, she coordinates Autism Graduate Programing. Lynn received the 2012 Autism Society Professional of the Year award. She currently serves on the Council for Exceptional Children’s Division on Autism and Developmental Disabilities Board. A Quality Life Supported By Natural Supports For Social Inclusion Thursday, July 11, 3:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Sussman, Fern, SLP Fern Sussman is a speech-language pathologist with over 30 years of clinical expertise in supporting children with social communication disorders. She developed two programs for the Hanen Centre in Toronto to meet the needs of children with ASD. Rock Your Play Thursday, July 11, 1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. Takeda, Kenji, M.A., MT-BC, LCAT, NRMT Kenji Takeda is a music therapist at Rebecca School. Completed post-master’s training at Nordoff-Robbins Center for Music Therapy at NYU and National Institute for the Psychotherapies. She has piano performance degrees from Royal Academy of Music in London, England, and Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. Developmental Therapy and Music Therapy Together To Address Abstraction In Autism Saturday, July 13, 11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Tetenbaum, Samara Pulver, Ph.D. Dr. Samara Tetenbaum is a licensed clinical psychologist and has been working in the field of ASDs for 9 years. She currently works primarily with children and adolescents with ASDs and their families. She has extensive expertise in cognitive behavioral therapy, positive behavior support, diagnostic assessment and family work. Using Cognitive Behavior Therapy To Address Emotional Well-Being In Youth With ASD Friday, July 12, 1:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

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Thorkelson, Greg, M.D. Dr. Greg Thorkelson is a child and adolescent psychiatrist at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. His clinical and research areas primarily involve CAM and evidence-based approaches for the treatment of comorbidities in autism spectrum disorder. An Update On CAM In Autism: Perspectives From a Child Psychiatrist Friday, July 12, 3:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. Tippy, Gilbert, Psy.D. Gil Tippy is the Clinical Director at Rebecca School. Active in teaching, presenting and using the DIR model daily with children with autism. Co-author of Respecting Autism: The Rebecca School DIR Casebook for Parents and Professionals. Developmental Therapy and Music Therapy Together To Address Abstraction In Autism Saturday, July 13, 11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Trapani-Hanasewych, Marybeth, M.S., CCC-SLP Marybeth Trapani-Hanasewych is the Director of the Speech/Language Therapy Department at The Children’s Institute. She is an NDT Instructor in pediatrics and adults. Marybeth has worked at CI for the past 26 years. She has had numerous opportunities to teach courses related to feeding locally, nationally and internationally. Functional Feeding Issues: A Team Approach Saturday, July 13, 8:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. Traub, Andy, SPHR Andy Traub is the owner at Traub & Associates Consulting LLC. He has over 15 years of human resources management experience in the entertainment, agriculture and staffing industries. He was the former Director of Recruitment at AMC Theatres. Andy is a graduate of Kansas State University. Cracking The Business Code For Competitive Employment Outcomes Wednesday, July 10, 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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Speaker Biographies Trueblood, Suzanne, Ed.D. Dr. Suzanne Trueblood instructs teacher candidates in behavioral and reading strategies for special needs students. She is in private practice and works with students who have learning differences. Her research focuses on the causes of student behavior and transformative teaching. Directed Reading: Thinking Activity and Reading Skills For Students With Autism Saturday, July 13, 8:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. Vagin, Anna Anna Vagin is a licensed speech/language pathologist. She received her Ph.D. from UC Berkeley, writing her dissertation on “Mother-Child Interaction in Children with Bilateral Cleft Lip and Palate.� Her work focuses on social cognitive abilities of children from 6 months-high school. She is the author of Movie Time Social Learning. Turn It On: Using Movies, Movie Shorts, and YouTube As Social Cognition Material Friday, July 12, 3:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. Van Riper, Irene, Ed.D. Irene Van Riper instructs teacher candidates in Special Education. Her research focuses on educational strategies for students with autism. Prior to earning her doctorate, she taught middle school students with low-functioning autism. She has experience in the public school setting in various capacities. Directed Reading: Thinking Activity and Reading Skills For Students With Autism Saturday, July 13, 8:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. Walder Fiddle, Linda, Esq. Linda Walder Fiddle is the Founder and Executive Director of The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation, established over a decade ago to develop, advocate for and fund innovative programs, support systems and resources that benefit the diverse population of adults living with Autism. Safety and Travel: The Road To Community [BCBA Session] Thursday, July 11, 1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

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Wall, Nina Nina Wall is director of the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare’s Bureau of Autism Services. Previously she served as the director for the Department of Public Welfare’s Office of Autism Affairs and, before that, as co-chair of the Autism Task Force. She was a founding member and the first president of the Pennsylvania Action Coalition for Autism Services, a statewide board of regional autism advocates. Pennsylvania Autism Services: Leading The Nation In New Directions Wednesday, July 10, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Autism Community Leaders: Extending The State’s Impact Through Collaboration Wednesday, July 10, 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Weintraub, Karen Karen Weintraub is a freelance health/science journalist and writes regularly for the Boston Globe, USA Today and BBC online on topics such as nutrition, cancer, genetics and child development. She also teaches journalism at Boston University and the Harvard Extension School, and has written two books and two e-books. Autism and The Media Friday, July 12, 10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Wertz, Steven R., M.Div., BCBA Steven Wertz is a BCBA who has been training parents of children with autism to create home-based programs for their children for 30 years. Since 1998, he has served as director of Growing Minds Autism Programs, and he has supervised numerous successful home programs in Europe and in North America. Sweetening The Pie -- Enhancing Social Reinforcement For Learners With Autism [BCBA Session] Thursday, July 11, 1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. Widman, Cheryl J.K., M.A.T. Cheryl Widman became a special education teacher and Ph.D. student in Special Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago, she was an advocate for her son, who has Autism Spectrum Disorder and who is today a graduate student and researcher in Computer Science. Cost Benefit Analysis Of Postsecondary Education For Individuals With Autism Spectrum Disorder Saturday, July 13, 11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 113


Speaker Biographies Winney, Ellen, M.S., OTR/L Ellen Winney is an accomplished occupational therapist currently serving in private practice at Integrations Treatment Center, where she provides direct and consultative services in addition to serving as Assistant Director. Parents and Professionals Working Together “S.U.C.C.E.S.S.Fully” Friday, July 12, 3:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. Wolf, Richard Richard Wolf has been a USA TODAY reporter and editor for more than 25 years, specializing in government and domestic policy. He has covered the Supreme Court since 2012. Prior to that, Mr. Wolf covered the White House, Congress, the federal budget and economics, health care policy, and politics. Autism and The Media Friday, July 12, 10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Womer, Alice, M.S., CCC-SLP Alice Womer has over 29 years of experience working as a direct service provider for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. She also provides consultation and in-service training in the area of Speech/Language with particular focus on the communication needs of children on the autism spectrum. Destination Friendship: A Model To Developing Friendships In Individuals With ASD Thursday, July 11, 3:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Wong, Brian A., B.A. Brian Wong graduated from Marshall University with a BA in Psychology and minor in counseling. At Marshall, He was in Program for Students with Asperger’s Syndrome. The death of his mom at age 15 and later being diagnosed with Asperger’s has influenced his interest in this area of psychology. Bereavement and Autism: A Universal Event With Unique Challenges Friday, July 12, 3:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

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Wright, Patricia, Ph.D., MPH Patricia Wright has a passion for education and advocacy and has dedicated her career to ensuring that individuals with autism are fully-included in society. Her personal mission is to offer the support that makes it possible for people with autism lead meaningful, happy and productive lives. As Easter Seals National Director of Autism Services, Wright leads autism programs for Easter Seals, one of the nation’s largest provider of services for individuals with autism across the life span. Safety and Travel: The Road To Community Thursday, July 11, 1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. Wyatt, Christopher S., Ph.D. Christopher Wyatt is an autistic individual and professor. He has experienced the challenges classrooms and workplaces present to individuals with ASDs. His research has led to strategies for success in college courses and designs for more accommodating virtual spaces. Collaboration Conundrum: Mastering Group Projects At School and Beyond Saturday, July 13, 8:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.

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Exhibitor List AAPC Publishing

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ABPathfinder

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Achievement Products

310

AERI Behavioral Health Services

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Alex’s Art Loft

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ASERT Autism Resource Center

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Autism Research Institute/Autistic Global Initiative

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Autism Society

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Autism Speaks

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Baylor College of Medicine, Medical Genetics Laboratories

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BodeWell Products/Body Sense

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Chapel Haven Inc.

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Children’s Safety Institute

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College Internship Program

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College Living Experience

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Developmental Delay Resources (DDR)

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Eden Autism Services

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Family Behavioral Resources

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First and Then Communication LLC

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Flaghouse

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Florida Institute of Technology

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Future Horizons

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Glade Run Lutheran Services

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Growing Minds Autism Programs

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Exhibitor List Heartspring

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iCan Shine

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Interactive Autism Network

304

InVision Human Services

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Jessica Kingsley Publishers

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LakeMary Center

309

Lakeview NeuroCare at Lewistown

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Laurel Heights Hospital

123

Medical Reimbursement Consultants

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Metlife Center for Special Needs Planning

F15

Monarch Center for Autism

209

Montcalm School for Boys and Girls

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n2y, Inc.

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New Story

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NHS Human Services

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NOVA South Eastern University

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PASSAGES Program of Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania

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Perfect Fit Canines

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Pressley Ridge

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Proxtalker.com LLC

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Purple Cherry Architects

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QBS Inc

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Sensible Sensory Solutions

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Sensory Shield, LLC

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Speak for Yourself LLC

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Special Needs Alliance

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Exhibitor List Special Needs Ware

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T. Ware PTE LTD.

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TFH USA, Ltd.

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The Art of Autism

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The Autism Notebook

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The Autism Program of Illinois

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The Center of Happiness

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The Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh

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The Creative Kid Enterprises

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The Gersh Experience

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The Hanen Centre

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The Imagifriends (D.J. Svoboda Autistic Artist)

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The P.L.A.Y.Project

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The Watson Institute

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Train 4 Autism, Inc.

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UhealthSolutions

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Verbal Beginnings, LLC

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Vizzle by Monarch Teaching Technologies

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Wesley Spectrum Services

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Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic

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Westminster Technologies, Inc.

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Woods

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Exhibitor Product Directory COMMUNICATION AND LEARNING PRODUCTS BodeWell Products/Body Sense

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Developmental Delay Resources (DDR)

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Exercise Connection Corp

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First and Then Communication LLC

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Flaghouse

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Special Needs Ware

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Westminster Technologies, Inc.

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COMPUTER SOFTWARE AND HARDWARE ABPathfinder

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Flaghouse

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Westminster Technologies, Inc.

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DEVELOPMENTAL CENTERS AND SCHOOLS SPECIALIZING IN AUTISM College Living Experience

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Exercise Connection Corp

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Heartspring

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iCan Shine

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InVision Human Services

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LakeMary Center

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Lakeview NeuroCare at Lewistown

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Laurel Heights Hospital

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New Story

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NHS Human Services

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PASSAGES Program of Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania

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The Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh

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Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic

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Exhibitor Product Directory EDUCATIONAL AND TREATMENT MATERIALS Autism Research Institute/Autistic Global Initiative

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NHS Human Services

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GAMES AND TOYS FOR CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS Alex’s Art Loft

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Exhibitor Product Directory HIGHER EDUCATION RESEARCH CENTERS Geisinger Health System, Autism and Developmental Medicine Institute 217 Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic

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BodeWell Products/Body Sense

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Sensory Shield, LLC

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SPEECH AND HEARING DEVICES Flaghouse

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