Conference Overview

Connect. Learn. Engage.

The Autism Society of Greater Wisconsin’s Annual Conference is the biggest autism-related conference in Wisconsin. It’s a place to gather, connect, belong. It’s a place where autistic adults, parents and family members, and professionals come to share experiences and learn together. Conference participants leave the conference feeling connected and empowered.

Registration
Registration for the 2022 Wisconsin Autism Conference is now closed. Onsite registration will not be available at the event.
Registration to receive access to the virtual bonus content is still open. Find out more on the Virtual Bonus Content tab.
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.

*PLEASE NOTE: 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. 

Virtual Bonus Content ONLY: This registration type includes access to ONLY virtual bonus content. Virtual bonus content is included in all other price types.

Cancellations & Transfers
Cancellation Policy

Written cancellation requests must be sent to alefevre@autismgreaterwi.org by April 8, 2022 and will be charged a $25.00 processing fee. Substitutions can be made at no cost.  No refunds after April 8, 2022 – 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.

Friday, April 29th

Compliance is Not the Goal: Rethinking Support for Autistic Individuals

Presented by Autism Level UP! – Amy Laurent and Jacquelyn Fede

Autistic individuals often exhibit behaviors deemed to be problematic and challenging.   This keynote will reframe our understanding of challenging behaviors by examining how regulation abilities influence an individual’s capacity to navigate their day, particularly when difficulties are encountered.  Factors influencing and means of supporting energy regulation will be explored from both a first-person autistic perspective, as well as developmental perspective.

Amy Laurent, PhD, OTR/L is a developmental psychologist and a registered pediatric occupational therapist. She is a co-author of the SCERTS model, a comprehensive, evidence-based model for supporting autistic individuals across the lifespan. She frequently lectures and provides training throughout the United States and internationally on topics related to neurodiversity and helping others to understand and honor the implications of “different ways of being” in relation to navigating the physical and social world. Her research interests include emotional / energy regulation and active engagement in natural contexts. Dr. Laurent strives to practice what she preaches and uses her love of play and movement to meet her own regulatory needs.

Jacquelyn Fede, PhD is a super fun, Autistic Self-Advocate, developmental psychologist and program evaluator. Her research interests include immigration policy, autism, and community engagement. She uses her experience to help educate others about autism through lecturing, blogging and consulting on evaluation projects. A full scholarship Division 1 athlete in college, Dr. Fede continues to meet her sensory needs by seeking extreme physical activity. She also enjoys the use of creativity and art for expression.

Saturday, April 30th

Leading with Your Life Story

Presented by Morénike Giwa Onaiwu

This presentation will illustrate key concepts of inclusion as well as highlight practical strategies to transform difficult lessons learned from past experiences and/or mistakes into useful knowledge that can be used for navigating life, developing one’s own unique style of personhood and leadership, and overall growth.

Morénike Giwa Onaiwu, PhD(c), MA is an educator, writer, public speaker, parent, and global advocate whose work focuses on meaningful community involvement and leadership, disability, racial, and gender equity, dismantling stigma, and inclusion and empowerment. Often drawing from personal background as a person of color in a neurodiverse and serodifferent family, a late-diagnosed adult on the autism spectrum, and relevant educational and professional experience, Morénike is a highly sought after presenter, consultant, and subject matter expert. Morénike has been an invited speaker in the White House, at the United Nations Headquarters, a keynote speaker and/or presenter at numerous conferences, and provides diversity, research, and disability consulting to several organizations. Morénike, who is currently a Humanities Scholar at Rice University and a doctoral candidate in education, has been published by Beacon Press and Palgrave MacMillan and will release an edited collection on neurodiversity in the Black community in 2022 with Jessica Kingsley Publishing.

Virtual Bonus Content

In recognition of the valuable partnership our organizations have developed after co-hosting two years of virtual conferences, the Autism Societies of Minnesota and Greater Wisconsin are collaborating to offer on-demand, bonus virtual content as part of our 2022 in-person autism conferences. We are proud to be able to extend our partnership in a way that increases access to the rich educational content featured at each of our conferences.

Fourteen select breakout sessions, seven each from our separate, in-person 2022 conferences, will be recorded and available for unlimited, on-demand viewing May 3-June 3, 2022 as part of your in-person registration for Greater Wisconsin’s conference. Bonus content will include access to 14 select breakout sessions only and will not include keynote presentation recordings.

Not able to attend the autism conference in person April 29-30? Bonus content will be available for separate purchase and accessible from May 3-June 3, 2022.

Friday, April 29th
Affiliate Hosted Special Events

5:00—6:00 PM

Join the Wisconsin Autism Society Affiliates for an hour of family-friendly games and activities!

Family Reception

6:00—7:00 PM

Families with children with autism are invited to join us for pizza and cake at 6:00 pm.

Talent Show

7:00—8:00 PM

Help us celebrate the diverse and many talents of those with autism during our annual talent show.

Interested in participating in the talent show? Due to limited space, participation is accepted on a first come, first serve basis. It is a requirement to provide a valid email upon registering, as you will be notified via email once your registration has been received.  If capacity is reached you will be contacted and placed on the waiting list.

Each talent show participant is asked to limit their talent to 3-5 minutes (maximum).

Saturday, April 30th
Raffle Drawing

11:30 am

Visit the raffle tables during the conference to get your tickets! All proceeds will benefit the Autism Society of Greater Wisconsin. Winning tickets will be drawn at 11:30 am on Saturday.

Sibshop

10:25 AM—12:45 PM

For typically-developing brothers and sisters of people with developmental disability, special health, or mental health concerns. This will be a fun morning filled with interactive activities combining recreation, learning, discussion and peer support.

Separate registration is required. This Sibshop is open primarily to children ages 8-12 who have a sibling with autism whose family is attending the conference. If not attending the conference, you will be placed on a waiting list and notified by April 15th if there is an opening.

Sandbox@ Workshop

10:25 AM—12:45 PM

Hosted by Islands of Brilliance, the Sandbox@ workshop introduces autistic students and their families to IOB’s in-person versions of their three virtual Sandbox programs.

Participants will have the chance to learn, create, and connect with other students in a safe and supportive environment through art, storytelling, and STEaM-based projects. More information about the workshop can be found here!

You can also check out this short video to learn more about the Sandbox@ workshop.

Separate registration is required. The Sandbox@ workshop is open to autistic individuals ages 8+. Parents and siblings are welcome to join, too!

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 2022 Annual Conference.

Scholarship Details:

  • Scholarships may be used for an in person conference registration or registration for the virtual bonus content.
  • 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.

The deadline to apply for a scholarship has passed. 

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 2022 Annual Conference.

Deadline: April 8, 2022
2022 Sponsors
Platinum

SSM Health Treffert Center

Silver

On Your Marq- Marquette University

My Choice WI

Islands of Brilliance, Inc.

Aspire Therapy and Development Services

Thrivent

CI Pediatric Therapy Centers

2022 Exhibitors

SSM Health Treffert Center

On Your Marq- Marquette University

My Choice WI

Islands of Brilliance, Inc.

Shepherds College

Special Needs Planning, LLC

St. Coletta of WI

Wispact, Inc.

Wispact Inc. Foundation

Respite Care Association of Wisconsin

Edgewood College- Cutting Edge Program

Kathryn Crafts

Michelle’s Action Angels Community Outreach Inc.

Jesse Horn

Life Navigators

James Williams, Presenter and Author with Autism

Waisman Center/Southern Regional Center for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs

Camp AwesSum

Continuing Education
Continuing Education Hours

The conference has been approved for a total of 9 Continuing Education Hours by the National Association of Social Workers, WI Chapter. CEHs are approved for Social Workers, Counselors, and Marriage and Family Therapists. There is no additional cost to receive CEHs.

Certificates of Attendance

A general Certificate of Attendance will be available for all conference participants. Individualized Certificates of Attendance will be available by request.

Hotel + Travel Information

Kalahari Resort

Our room block at the Kalahari is sold out. 

Manage an existing reservation: https://book.passkey.com/e/50123243

Per the policy at Kalahari Resorts, we do not accept completed Letters of Authorization forms, Tax Exemption forms, nor Purchase Orders to be submitted to us at the hotel check-in. These forms should be submitted no later than 7 days in advance to dellscallcenterfax@kalahariresorts.com. We highly suggest that the attendees submit these forms at least two weeks in advance. Failure to follow this procedure may result in full room and tax charges to the attendees on their personal cards. For more details on the Kalahari policies, click here.

COVID-19 Information

The Autism Society of Greater Wisconsin is committed to hosting a safe event for all conference participants in 2022. Preventive measures are evolving and will be continuously updated as the conference approaches. Our decisions and preventive measures will be guided by the requirements and guidance of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and federal, state, and local health authorities as the conference becomes nearer.

Preventive measures taken at the conference may include, among others:

  • Enhanced sanitation of meeting and exhibit spaces
  • Masking and social distancing
  • Hand sanitizing stations  
  • Low contact registration process

The responsibility for a safe event environment is shared by each conference attendee. All registrants are expected to adhere to and abide by the preventative measures outlined by the Autism Society of Greater Wisconsin. To play your part if providing a safe event environment for the Annual Conference, you should not attend the Annual Conference if you:

  • Are experiencing, or within 10 days prior to the event, have experienced any signs or symptoms of COVID-19
  • Have been exposed to a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19
  • Have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and have not yet completed your quarantine.
Frequently Asked Questions
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.

Is there any available funding to help 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 7, 2022.  General conference registration will run from January 8th through April 8, 2022Registrations will not be accepted after April 8th, no exceptions.  Substitutions may be made at no cost. Onsite registration will NOT be available during the conference.

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.

Is child care available?

Due to the size of the conference we are unable to provide child care, please plan accordingly.  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.

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.  There are several restaurants in the hotel and in the vicinity of the hotel.

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. 

Are Covid-19 safety protocols going to be in place at the conference?

Our top priority is the health and safety of all attendees. We are monitoring the Covid-19 status and following guidance from the CDC as well as following standards set forth by the venue and municipal, state, and federal authorities. We will execute best practices to help attendees stay healthy and to reduce exposure and risk. Protocols will continue to evolve as venue and local standards change. ASGW will communicate all procedures and information regarding precautions prior to the conference. More information can be found under the COVID-19 tab.

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