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31st Annual Conference

April 30 - May 2

Stronger Together in 2020 Virtual Autism Conference
Co-hosted by the Autism Societies of Greater Wisconsin & Minnesota

Unprecedented times call for creativity, collaboration, and community. The Autism Societies of Minnesota and Greater Wisconsin are proud to announce a first-ever joint conference that will be brought to you virtually April 30-May 2, 2020. Get access to the keynote speakers, breakout sessions, and exhibitors you have known through our live conferences, but from the comfort and safety of your own home. The combined conference will feature more than 30 cutting-edge topics and will include live and on-demand educational and resource-gathering opportunities that will be available to you April 30-May 2 and at your leisure for up to six months after the conference dates.

Join us virtually April 30 - May 2nd! Registration includes:

✔ FOUR keynotes. Listen and learn from the keynotes as they share their expertise and experiences on autistic neurology, neurodiversity, self-regulation, Universal Design for Learning (UDL)and much more! Available live and on-demand after the live event.

✔ Access 30+ breakouts live and on demand. Registration includes access to over 30 breakout sessions. Browse at your leisure – your access is good for 6 MONTHS!

✔ Explore the exhibit booths! Learn more about resources and services available to people with autism and their families in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and beyond!

Autistically Thriving

Presented by Judy Endow, LCSW

Judy’s keynote will be based on her newest work Autistically Thriving: Reading Comprehension, Conversational Engagement and Living a Self-Determined Life Based on Autistic Neurology, which represents a shift in how autistic support is thought about and implemented. Rather than supporting deficits (as is typical in the field of autism), Judy covers who autistic people are and how they comfortably function, going over key elements of taking in, processing, storing and retrieving information along with autistic thinking style. Numerous examples are included so autistic individuals, parents, educators and therapy providers will come to understand that when autistics are honored for who they are and supported for who they want to be in this world they can truly thrive! (Note: identity-first language used intentionally as it is the preference of most autistics.)

About Judy: Judy Endow, LCSW, author and international speaker on a variety of autism-related topics, has written numerous articles and books, including award winners: Learning the Hidden Curriculum: The Odyssey of One Autistic Adult and Paper Words and Discovering and Living with My Autism. As a person who lived some of her early years in an institution, Endow has emerged as a leader in the autism community.

A resource specialist and a clinician at Common Threads Family Resource Center in McFarland, WI, she received the Autism Society of America’s Cathy Pratt Professional of the Year Award — the first autistic person to receive this prestigious national award. Endow has served on the boards of both the Autism Society of America, Wisconsin Chapter and the Autism National Committee, was featured in the New York Times’ Patient Voices, and was honored by The Art of Autism as one of the most influential bloggers on the web. Endow has made over 400 presentations all over the world.

Assembly Required

Presented by Haley Moss

Autism does not come with an instruction manual, but it does come with lots of magical parts and important tools to utilize to build the best life possible. Assembly Required is the story of Haley Moss: an autistic attorney who has gone from a nonverbal child diagnosed with autism at age 3, to an author, artist, attorney, and autism advocate. This keynote explores Haley’s journey, the assembly of her village, finding her written and spoken voice, looking to the future full of hope, inspiration, and excitement as she writes the next, ongoing chapter in her life as a practicing lawyer. This keynote also explores neurodiversity, acceptance, and explores the perspectives of how society views autism and related disabilities.

About Haley: Haley Moss was diagnosed with autism at age 3 and is an associate attorney at Zumpano Patricios in Coral Gables, Florida. Prior to going viral for becoming the first openly autistic attorney admitted to The Florida Bar, she received her Juris Doctor from the University of Miami School of Law in 2018, and graduated from the University of Florida in 2015 with Bachelors degrees in Psychology and Criminology.

She is a renowned visual pop artist and the author of “Middle School: The Stuff Nobody Tells You About” and “A Freshman Survival Guide for College Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders: The Stuff Nobody Tells You About.” She also illustrated and contributed to the anthology “What Every Autistic Girl Wishes Her Parents Knew.” Her writing has been featured in publications such as HuffPost, Teen Vogue, Bustle, Elite Daily, and The Mighty. Haley also co-hosts the Spectrumly Speaking podcast, which is dedicated to women on the autism spectrum.

Haley currently serves on the constituency board for the University of Miami – Nova Southeastern University Center for Autism and Related Disabilities and the Board of Directors for Different Brains. She previously served on the board of Unicorn Village Academy.

What do you see? Lessons We Learn Through Universal Design for Learning

Presented by Loui Lord Nelson, PhD

When you envision instruction, what does it look like? How does that instruction shift when you think specifically about autism? Why? Using stories from the field, research, and her own experiences, along with guided discussions, Dr. Nelson will share how the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework encourages us to view teaching and learning through the lens of neurodiversity and how that impacts design and possibility.

About Dr. Nelson: Dr. Nelson is an internationally recognized leader in UDL implementation. A former special education teacher,she held the first known UDL Coordinator position for a school district, has taught online courses about UDL,completed her UDL post-doctoral fellowship at CAST (the creators of UDL), is a member of the CAST Cadre,and is part of the UDL-Implementation and Research Network (IRN) leadership council. She has worked with educators across the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia. Her publications include: Design and Deliver: Planning and Teaching Using Universal Design for Learning; The Role of Technology in Implementing Universal Design for Learning; Culturally Responsive Design for English Learners: The UDL Approach; and A Tree for All: Your Coloring Book of UDL Principles and Practice. She also hosts the popular podcast, UDL in 15 Minutes, accessed in more than 44 countries.

Self-Regulation: 25 Years of Trying New Pieces of String

Presented by Karin Dunn Buron, PhD

Over the past 25 years, our response to challenging behaviors in the school environment has evolved to include the recognition of what it means to be able to self-regulate one’s own emotions; to regulate one’s responses to the sensory environment; and to navigate one’s way through difficult social situations. We have moved from a culture of control to one of self-empowerment. From a culture of “normalizing” to one that appreciates neurodiversity. Learn about the quest to understand the nature of self-regulation, research to support this change in school culture, and ideas to make it happen.

About Kari Dunn Buron: Dunn Buron taught in the K-12 MN public school system with students on the autism spectrum for more than 30 years, is a past president of AuSM, was a founding member of the Minnesota Autism Project, and developed an ASD Certificate program for educators at Hamline University. In 2003, Dunn Buron received a self-designed fellowship that allowed her to spend a year interviewing and working internationally with a number of scientists and researchers in the areas of neuroscience, social cognition, education, and autism with a focus on challenging behaviors. Dunn Buron is the co-author of The Incredible 5-Point Scale (Revised Edition) and Social Behavior and Self-Management. She is the author of When My Worries Get Too Big (Revised Edition); A 5 Could Make Me Lose Control; and A 5 is Against the Law!. She is the co-editor of a textbook, Learners on the Autism Spectrum: Preparing Highly Qualified Educators, and a curriculum for teachers called Social Times Curriculum. She currently is re-launching her early chapter book, Adalyn’s Clare.

Pre-Conference Workshop

Interoception, The Eighth Sense: Practical Solutions for Promoting Self-Regulation, Positive Behavior, Language Development and Social Participation

Presented by Kelly Mahler, MS, OTR/L

Full Day Virtual Workshop | 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Enhance the effectiveness of your current strategies and supports using the latest evidence-based research on interoception.  This course will help you gain an understanding of this important sense and use this information when supporting areas such as self-regulation, language development, positive behavior, and social participation.  Evidence-based strategies to assess and improve interoception will be the focus of this course.  Highlights from The Interoception Curriculum, a step-by-step framework for improving interoception will also be included.  Participants will learn how to adapt strategies to effectively meet a variety of needs and improve outcomes. The strategies presented in this course are effective for use in many different settings including home, schools, community and clinic.

This pre-conference session is offered on Thursday, April 30. The pre-conference session is priced as an add-on to the general conference fee. If you are not registering for the general conference (May 1 & May 2), you will need to register using the “pre-conference only” price type.

If you have already registered for the conference and want to add a pre-conference workshop, please call us at (920) 558-4600.

 

Pre-Conference Registration Rate

An updated breakout session schedule will be available soon!

Schedule at a Glance

View the schedule for live keynotes and sessions. All live sessions will be recorded and available on-demand after the live event has concluded.

Schedule is subject to change. 

Thursday, April 30

(Additional registration required)

Friday, May 1

Saturday, May 2

Registration

Registration is available online only. Online registration requires payment be made at the time of registration via credit card.

The deadline to register is April 22, 2020.

The general conference rate includes access to all keynotes and breakout sessions hosted during the virtual event May 1 – 2nd. The pre-conference add-on fee applies if you would like access to Kelly Mahler’s full day workshop on Interoception (see more on the Pre-Conference tab).

Not an Autism Society of Greater WI member?  Join at any time to immediately receive the member discount! Our annual membership program costs just $15 for an individual, or $20 for a family. Learn more here!

Deadlines

General Registration:

Ends April 27, 2020

EMAIL CONFIRMATION:

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.  Important information, including access to handouts, will be emailed prior to the conference.

MEMBERSHIP : 

If you are a current dues paying member of any Autism Society affiliate you may register at the discounted member rate. If you are not a member, you may join at any time and immediately receive the discounted member rate. If you have questions about membership options contact us at info@autismgreaterwi.org or 920-558-4602. 

ASGW Membership Rates: Individual $15 | Family $20

 REGISTRATION OPTIONS : 

Registrations are also available for individuals who only wish to attend the pre-conference workshop. We do not offer one-day registration for the general conference on Friday or Saturday.

GROUP REGISTRATION: 

Groups of 4 or more individuals from the same organization/school will receive a 10% discount. To qualify for the discounted rates all registrations must be made at the same time and be made with the same payment. To register a group, you may register online (the discount is automatically calculated for groups of 4+) or download the Group Registration Form.

CANCELLATIONS:

Written cancellation requests must be received by April 15, 2020 and will be charged a $25.00 processing fee. No refunds after April 15, 2020, no exceptions.  A $30.00 fee will accompany any returned checks or denied charges.  Substitutions can be made at no cost.

Questions? Contact Amber at agollata@autismgreaterwi.org or (920) 558-4600

Exhibiting

Exhibiting at the virtual event provides the opportunity to showcase your company and services to over 700 attendees including some of the top leaders committed to improving lives of individuals with autism.  An exhibit will include a virtual booth for your organization to share your work and resources with educators, individuals on the spectrum, and families at any time throughout the virtual event. All virtual booths include an mp4 video player for on-demand content, a resource section, and an overview section. Exhibitors can include links to their website, social media pages, and other resources to download. 

Deadlines

Exhibitor Application:

April 8, 2020

Sponsorship Opportunities

The Autism Society of Greater Wisconsin offers various sponsorship opportunities for those wishing to support the conference and increase visibility of their business in the autism community. A conference sponsorship is a great way to deliver your message to our members and conference attendees.  

Whether you select a sponsorship opportunity listed here, or ask that an opportunity be customized to meet the needs of your organization, the Autism Society will work with you to design a conference experience that provides you with the greatest value.

Interested in participating? Download the 2020 Sponsorship Application and complete and return to Amber Gollata.

Deadline

Sponsor Application Due:

April 1, 2020

Executive Sponsor

$5,000
  •  4 full conference registrations ($250/person value)
  • 1 full page color advertisement in the conference booklet (excludes cover)
  • One exhibit table
  • Insertion of materials in the conference tote
  • Name and logo recognition in the conference booklet
  • One banner advertisement on the conference mobile app
  • Link on the Autism Society of Wisconsin website (through July 2020)

Gold Sponsor

$2,500
  •  2 full conference registrations ($250/person value)
  • 1/2 page black and white advertisement in the conference booklet (excludes cover)
  • One exhibit table
  • Insertion of materials in the conference tote
  • Name recognition in the conference booklet

Silver Sponsor

$1,000
  • 1/4 page black and white advertisement in the conference booklet
  • One exhibit table
  • Name recognition in the conference booklet

A La Carte Sponsorship Opportunities

Advertisement

Place an advertisement about your company’s products or services in our 2020 Conference Program! This is an additional opportunity to reach individuals with ASD, parents, educators, therapists, agencies, school districts and others.

Cover advertisements are filled on a first come, first served basis. Unless indicated, all advertisements are printed in black and white. Additional charges apply for color. 

Interested in having your ad featured in our conference program? Apply online, or Download the 2020 Advertisement Application and complete and return to Amber Gollata.

Deadlines

Application & Ad Copy Due:

April 1, 2020

Frequently Asked Questions

Have questions about the Stronger Together in 2020 Virtual Autism Conference? Click on the questions below to browse through frequently asked questions. Check back regularly, as this page will continue to be updated!

What is a virtual event?

A virtual event is an online event that involves people interacting in a virtual environment on the web, rather than meeting in a physical location. Attendees can listen in to live keynotes and breakout sessions, access on-demand breakout sessions, and browse the virtual exhibit hall to find resources.

If I’m already registered for the Autism Society of Greater Wisconsin conference, what do I need to do?

Nothing – you’re all set to join us virtually! Those who have already registered for the conference will automatically receive email updates* about the online event.

*NOTE: Please ensure that you have a unique email address about tied to your registration. If you did not receive an email update from on 3/20/20, we do not have your current email address on file. Please contact us at conference@autismgreaterwi.org to update your email address.

What are the registration fees to attend?

Member of the Autism Society: $175

Nonmember: $210

Person with ASD: $75

 

Add on the Thursday Pre-conference: $60

Thursday Pre-conference only: $150

Please review the detailed descriptions under the Registration tab to help you understand what rate will be appropriate for you.

What does my registration fee include?

The general conference rate includes an all access pass to:

  • 4 Keynote presentations
  • 20+ On demand breakout sessions
  • 15+ Live breakout sessions
  • Exhibit Hall

Add on the Thursday pre-conference to join Kelly Mahler’s pre-conference workshop on Interoception, The Eighth Sense: Practical Solutions for Promoting Self-Regulation, Positive Behavior, Language Development and Social Participation.

Will the keynotes and breakout sessions be recorded and archived?

Yes! Each session will be recorded and archived. Your registration gives you access to the conference archive for up to 6 months after the dates of the conference. Can’t attend the live event or need to step away from your computer? No problem, log in whenever is convenient for you!

Can I share my registration to the event with family members or colleagues?

No, registration includes access only for the person registered for 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.

What if I need to cancel my registration?

Written cancellation requests can be made here by April 15, 2020 and will be charged a $25.00 processing fee. Substitutions can be made at no cost.  No refunds after April 15th – no exceptions. A $30.00 fee will accompany any returned checks or denied charges.

What will happen to my hotel reservation?

Reservations can be cancelled using the Kalahari’s online booking portal.  You will not be charged for cancelling your reservation.

Can I transfer my registration if I can no longer attend?

Yes! You may transfer your registration to someone else. There is no fee for equal transfers. If you are transferring to someone who qualifies for a different registration rate, you will be invoiced for the difference in pricing. The request must be made via email to agollata@autismgreaterwi.org and include an attached registration form.

I am presenting a session. Do I have to register?

Everyone, including presenters, attending the conference must register. There is a discounted rate available for presenters. The coordinator for each session, also known as the session contact, will receive instructions via email for registering their session’s speakers.

Will the Autism Society of Greater Wisconsin and the Autism Society of Minnesota merge their conferences again in the future?

While we’re both excited by the opportunity to collaborate for 2020’s virtual conference, we do not have plans to co-host conferences in the future. We will resume hosting our conferences as live events in the years to come.

Is financial assistance available to help cover the registration costs?

Scholarships opportunities are open to those living in Wisconsin or Minnesota. Please reach out to agollata@autismgreaterwi.org with Wisconsin scholarship requests. The deadline to request a scholarship is April 20th.

Still Have Questions?

If your question is not answered above, please send an email to agollata@autismgreaterwi.org.

Looking to promote your business or organization? Check out our sponsorship opportunities for information on sponsors perks!

Details

Start:
April 30
End:
May 2

Venue

WI United States