2023 Wisconsin Autism Conference

Connect. Learn. Engage.

The Autism Society of Greater Wisconsin’s Annual Conference is the biggest Autism-related conference in Wisconsin. The conference brings the Autism community together to learn, connect, and belong. It’s a place where Autistic adults, parents and family members, and professionals come to share experiences and learn together. The Autism Society of Greater Wisconsin aims to facilitate a conference experience that empowers each person attending by connecting them to the resources and knowledge they need to live fully. 

Great conference!!! I am leaving the conference with more knowledge and feeling empowered and hopeful that my son can have a great quality of life. I feel supported knowing that there are so many resources available for families with a child with autism.

– 2022 Conference Participant

This is the highlight of my spring! It amazes me the breadth and depth of information out there and the willingness of people to share their knowledge and experiences! What a treasure this conference is.

– 2022 Conference Participant

Keynote Speakers

Challenging Assumptions

Join Jordyn for a presentation and Q&A, as she shares her own lived experience as a nonspeaking autistic person, who was not given access to effective communication until after 18 years of frustration and exclusion. Jordyn’s thoughtfulness will push you to challenge assumptions, question the status quo, and think deeply about how you can affect change and challenge perceptions in the community.

Jordyn Zimmerman, M.Ed., obtained her bachelors degree in Education Policy from Ohio University and her Masters of Education at Boston College. As a nonspeaking autistic student who was denied access to effective augmentative communication until she was 18, Jordyn has personal experience challenging the educational status quo,  which is featured in the 2021 documentary, This Is Not About Me.

Technology helped open Jordyn’s world and she began advocating for students through a series of engagements. Since then, she has keynoted and presented at conferences around the world, is on the board of CommunicationFIRST, works as Director of Professional Development at The Nora project, and has been featured by prominent media outlets. Jordyn has written blogs for companies in Amsterdam and has been featured by educators on an international level. Most recently, Jordyn was appointed to serve on the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities.

Incomplete without You: Creating Communities of Belonging for Everyone

How do we help our schools and communities to become places of inclusion and belonging for people with autism and their families? What are the postures and practices that matter most? In this keynote, Erik Carter will share a practical framework for reflecting upon and fostering belonging within the communities that matter most to the individuals we serve and love. You will gain fresh insights into the roles you can play in spurring change within communities that still too often struggle to widen their welcome.  

Erik Carter, Ph.D., is Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Special Education at Vanderbilt University. His passion is helping schools, congregations, workplaces, and communities become places of membership and belonging for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. As co-director of the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, he is invested in research that breaks down barriers to inclusion and equips communities to widen their welcome. He has published widely on effective services and supports, including more than 275 articles and chapters, as well as seven books. Learn more about his work at https://www.erikwcarter.com.

Pre-Conference Workshops

Pre-Conference workshops will take place on Thursday, April 20th and require separate registration to attend. Both workshops will be held concurrently – please only choose one workshop to attend.

Pre-Conference Registration Cost:

Member/Non-Member – $50

Support Person/Autistic Individual – $25

Pre-Conference Only – $80

Navigating the IEP Process

Presented by WSPEI

Thursday, April 20th | 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

This session will include foundational knowledge to help parents and other family members become more confident participants in the IEP process. Join us to hear strategies for strengthening relationships with school staff, options for dispute resolution, and state/local resources available to assist you anytime on your child’s educational journey – and so much more!  This session will also include a panel of parents who will share their experiences.

“You’re Going to Love This Kid”: Educating Autistic Students in the Inclusive Classroom

Presented by Paula Kluth

Thursday, April 20th | 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

In this interactive session, participants will learn practical ways of supporting students with autism spectrum labels & other disabilities within a general education classroom. Topics addressed include defining (and redefining) autism, listening to the voices of autistic people, and seeing inclusion as a process. Several practical strategies will be provided including several relating to communication (e.g., gaze avoidance, content-connected materials), teaching to strengths, fascinations, and areas of expertise (e.g., rolodex reader, DIY ABC book), and movement. This session is specifically focused on rethinking– rethinking inclusion, rethinking autism, and rethinking possibilities for all students.

Paula Kluth is a consultant, author, advocate, and independent scholar who works with teachers and families to provide inclusive opportunities for students with disabilities and to create more responsive and engaging schooling experiences for all learners. She is a former K-12 special educator who has served as a classroom teacher, co-teacher, and inclusion facilitator. Paula has also been a university professor and has taught courses on both inclusion and disability studies. Most recently, Paula’s work has centered on helping teachers and administrators educate all students in their schools and classrooms. She also frequently works with families and advocacy groups to support goals related to inclusion. In addition to inclusive education, her professional interests include Universal Design for Learning, co-teaching, and educating students with complex support needs.

Breakout Sessions
Breakout session information will be released in early January. Stay tuned!
Friday, April 21st
Coming Soon!
Saturday, April 22nd
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Registration
Early Bird Discount Deadline: January 6, 2023
Registration Deadline: March 27, 2023

Registration is open until March 27, 2023. Early bird discounts will end January 6, 2023. Questions regarding registration can be directed to Amber at alefevre@autismgreaterwi.org or 920-558-4600.

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Registration Rates

Autism Society Member

If you are a current dues paying member of an Autism Society affiliate you may register at this discounted rate.  If you are unsure of your member status, please call us at 920-558-4602.

Non-Member

This rate is for individuals who are not a member of the Autism Society.  You may join at any time and immediately receive the discounted member rate! Membership costs $15 for an individual, or $20 for a family. 

Autistic Individual

This rate is for individuals on the autism spectrum.

If you are registering your child with autism for the conference, please keep in mind that the child needs to be at least 14 years of age, and accompanied by a support person, if needed.

Conference Support Person

To qualify for this rate your primary purpose for attending the conference must be to support an individual with autism who is also registered for the conference. Please include their name on your registration form.  Only 1 support person (per autistic individual) may register at this rate. 

Cancellations & Transfers

Cancellation Policy

Written cancellation requests must be sent to alefevre@autismgreaterwi.org by March 27, 2023 and will be charged a $25.00 processing fee. Substitutions can be made at no cost.  No refunds after March 27, 2023 – no exceptions. A $30.00 fee will accompany any returned checks or denied charges.

Registration Transfers

If a registered attendee is unable to attend the conference their registration may be transferred to another person who is not already registered for the conference at the same institution or organization at no additional charge. Contact Amber at (920) 558-4600 or alefevre@autismgreaterwi.org to transfer your registration.

Scholarship Opportunities

With the support of the Wispact Legacy Grant program, the Autism Society of Greater Wisconsin will award 15 conference scholarships and travel stipends for Autistic adults in the Greater Wisconsin service area to attend the 2023 Annual Conference.

Scholarship Details:

  • Travel stipends may be used to cover the travel expenses of attending the conference like hotel costs, gas, and meal expenses. Those approved for a travel stipend will receive their stipend upon checking in to the conference.
  • Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and early application is strongly encouraged.
  • Scholarships will be awarded on a first come, first served basis for eligible applicants.
  • Applicants living outside our service area will be placed on a waiting list and will be considered for any remaining scholarships.

Deadline to Apply: March 1, 2023

This scholarship opportunity is specifically for autistic adults. For all other scholarship inquiries, please reach out to Amber LeFevre at alefevre@autismgreaterwi.org.

Sponsorship, Exhibit, and Advertising Opportunities

Sponsoring, exhibiting, and advertising at the Annual Conference is a unique opportunity to engage with the Autism community and promote your brand. Conference attendees come to the conference looking to gather resources and learn more about the wonderful organizations that support Autistic individuals and their families. Showcase your services through a sponsorship, exhibition, or advertising at our 2023 Annual Conference.

Deadline: March 27, 2023
Hotel + Travel Information

A room block is available at the Hyatt Regency Green Bay for the nights of Wednesday, April 19th – Saturday, April 22nd at a discounted rate of $129 per night. The Hyatt Regency is connected to the KI Convention Center, and features all suite-style rooms.

Room reservation cut off date is March 30, 2023; all unconfirmed rooms will then be released to the general public.

Reservation Link: https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/group-booking/GRBRG/G-ASGW

Parking Information:

Lot parking is available at Hyatt Regency Green Bay at the following rates:

  • 0–20 Minutes – Complimentary
  • 21–60 Minutes – $1.00
  • Over 60 Minutes – $1.00 per hour (Registered hotel guests pay a max $5.00 per every 24 hours)
  • Non-registered hotel guests will pay $1.00 per hour with no maximum

Event and overflow parking is available in the parking structure across the street at the Main Street Parking Ramp. There is a skywalk on the 2nd level to bring you across the street into the Hyatt Regency Green Bay and KI Convention Center. Accessible parking is available in the Hyatt Regency Green Bay parking lot.

Ramp Hours: 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays. Weeknights after 6 p.m., all day Saturday, Sunday and holidays are free
Ramp Fees: $0.85 per hour (first 15 minutes free)

Frequently Asked Questions

What is included in the registration fee?

Registration includes access to the General Conference on Friday, April 21 and Saturday, April 22. Pre-conference workshops on Thursday, April 20 can be purchased as an option add on.

A light breakfast will be provided for registered attendees on Friday and Saturday morning. All other meals will be on your own.

Registration fees do not include hotel accommodations.

Can I register for just one day?

Thursday’s pre-conference workshops are available to purchase separately for $80. We do not offer single day registration for Friday or Saturday of the conference.

Is there a cancellation policy?

Written cancellation requests must be sent to alefevre@autismgreaterwi.org by March 27, 2023 and will be charged a $25.00 processing fee. Substitutions can be made at no cost.  No refunds after March 27, 2023 – no exceptions. A $30.00 fee will accompany any returned checks or denied charges.

What is the cost of attendance?

There are different registration rates for different groups. The cost will also depend on when you register and whether you are part of a group registration. Registering early will ensure you receive the best rate. Please review the detailed descriptions under the Registration tab to help you understand what rate will be appropriate for you.

Are there any available funding sources/scholarships to cover the cost?

The Children’s Long Term Support Waiver may cover the cost of attending the conference as part of Consumer Education and Training category. We encourage families to check with their county caseworker about funding options.  We also suggest that Autism Society members check with their local affiliate to ask about scholarship opportunities.

When is the deadline to register?

Early bird registration discounts are offered until January 6, 2023.  General conference registration will run from January 7th through March 27, 2023.  Registrations will not be accepted after March 27th, no exceptions.  Substitutions may be made at no cost.

How will I know I am registered?

An e-mail confirmation will be sent once your registration has been processed. If you do not receive an email confirmation, please contact us to ensure your registration was received. It is important that you provide an email on your registration.  Important information, including access to handouts, will be emailed prior to the conference.

Do I need to pre-select the concurrent sessions I plan to attend at conference?

No, breakout sessions do not need to be pre-selected and are available on a first come, first served basis during the conference. We recommend picking a backup session for each timeslot in case your first choice is full.

Is child care available?

We are unable to offer childcare during the conference. Please keep in mind that children must be age 14 or older to register and attend the conference.

Where is parking for the KI Convention Center?

Lot parking is available at Hyatt Regency Green Bay at the following rates:

  • 0–20 Minutes – Complimentary
  • 21–60 Minutes – $1.00
  • Over 60 Minutes – $1.00 per hour (Registered hotel guests pay a max $5.00 per every 24 hours)
  • Non-registered hotel guests will pay $1.00 per hour with no maximum

Overflow parking is available in the parking structure across the street at the Main Street Ramp. There is a skywalk on the 2nd level to bring you across the street into Hyatt Regency Green Bay and the KI Convention Center. This service is complimentary for overnight guests only with a parking pass issued by Hyatt Regency Green Bay.

Accessible parking is available in the Hyatt Regency Green Bay parking lot.

More parking information can be found here.

Are meals included?

A light breakfast will be provided for registered attendees on Friday and Saturday morning. All other meals will be on your own.

Can I bring my spouse/children?

Although attendees may bring family members to the hotel, only paid registrants wearing conference names badges will be permitted to attend conference sessions. The only exception is the Family Reception on Friday evening, in which family members may attend without being registered.

Can I receive CEUs for attending the conference?

More details coming soon!

Are sponsorship opportunities available?

Yes. We have several sponsorship levels, as well as exhibitor and advertisement opportunities. More information can be found here.

Can’t find an answer? Contact Amber LeFevre at 920-558-4600 or alefevre@autismgreaterwi.org

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