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31st Annual Conference

April 30, 2020 - May 2, 2020

Kalahari Resort & Convention Center

Wisconsin Dells, WI

The Autism Society of Greater Wisconsin’s Annual Conference is a 3 day event where professionals, parents, individuals on the spectrum, family members and advocates gather to learn, share and discuss various topics in the field of autism. Attendees leave the conference with an understanding of strategies, resources and services that serve to improve the lives of individuals on the autism spectrum.

Friday, May 1, 2020

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.

Saturday, May 2nd

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.

Pre-Conference Workshops

Pre-conference sessions are offered on Thursday, April 30.

Pre-conference sessions are priced as add-ons 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.

Lunch is not included.

When registering, please choose a maximum of two non-concurrent pre-conference workshops. Please note that pre-conference A (Kelly Mahler’s session) is a full-day workshop.

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 Rates

Full Day Workshop: 9:00 AM - 4:30 pm

Pre-Conference 1

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 Workshop | 9:00 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.

Morning Workshops: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Choose 1)

Pre-Conference 2A

Using Video Modeling and High Tech Supports

Presented by Sharon Hammer and Lisa Ladson

Half-Day Workshop | Morning Session | 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

There are many different teaching methods that can be used to support individuals that have autism. Video Modeling is an evidenced based practice, useful for school, home, work, and community settings. It works for people of all ages and access levels. During this session, participants will learn about the benefits of using supports that match autistic neurology. They will leave with an understanding of the characteristics that maximize the effectiveness of video models and high tech supports. Participants should come ready to practice shooting their own video models and to explore various high tech supports!

 

Pre-Conference 2B

Regulation and Disability Related-Needs: Developing College and Career Ready IEPs

Presented by DPI and Discretionary Grant Staff

Half-Day Workshop | Morning Session | 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

College and Career Ready (CCR) IEPs, is the Wisconsin DPI framework for IEP development for students aged 3 through 21.  This 1/2 day workshop focuses on the development of Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) for students who need support in regulation to improve access, engagement, and progress in age/grade level standards, curriculum, instruction, and environments.   Key elements of the regulation focus include: Emphasis on using root cause analysis to identify the disability-related needs of students with needs in the social and emotional learning skill of regulation. Through interactive learning participants will increase understanding of the CCR-IEP Five Step Process with a focus on Steps 2-4 (Identify Effects of Disability, Develop IEP Goals and service decisions).  This is not a repeat from the session brought to you by DPI during the 2018 conference (CCR IEP Through the Lens of Autism).  Although we are still using the CCR IEP as our topic, our lens of regulation will dive deeper into the development of disability related needs connected to the skills associated regulation.   Participants are encouraged to bring an IEP of a student who has an identified need (or suspected need) in the area of regulation.

*Workshop participants are reminded of FERPA protections and are highly encouraged to redact personally identifiable information from IEPs they may happen to share with participants from other districts during workshop activities.

Afternoon Workshops: 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM (Choose 1)

Pre-Conference 3A

Navigating the IEP Process

Presented by WSPEI’s Caroline Rossing

Half-Day Workshop | Afternoon Session | 1:30 PM – 4:30 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.

 

Pre-Conference 3B

Comprehensive Evaluation for Special Education Eligibility

Presented by DPI and Discretionary Grant Staff

Half-Day Workshop | Afternoon Session | 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Special education evaluations should be sufficiently comprehensive to allow the IEP team to determine eligibility and identify the needs of the student being evaluated.  Specifically, the IEP team must apply IDEA and Wisconsin Statute Chapter 115 requirements when administering tests or other evaluation procedures to determine a child’s eligibility for special education. The evaluation must also provide enough information to identify the student’s needs so the IEP team can subsequently develop an IEP that promotes  student access, engagement and progress in grade level standards based curriculum, instruction and environments.  Come learn about DPI’s upcoming guidance in relation to comprehensive evaluation and specific considerations for regulation.  This session will take information from last years presentation and dive specifically into the social and emotional learning area of regulation.  Whether you attended last year’s session or new this year there will be new information on data collection as it connect to skills within regulation.

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Registration

Registration is available online. Online registration requires payment be made at the time of registration via credit card. If you are paying with cash, check, purchase order or waiver funds (CLTS/IRIS/Family Care) please download the PDF registration form. Completed forms can be mailed to the address listed below, or emailed to agollata@autismgreaterwi.org.

Autism Society of Greater Wisconsin

1477 Kenwood Drive

Menasha, WI 54952

Early bird registration rates are available until January 6, 2020. General conference registration will run from January 7th through April 8, 2020.  Registrations will not be accepted after April 8th, no exceptions.

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 and Saturday.

Deadlines

Early Bird Discount: 

Ends January 6, 2020

General Registration:

Ends April 8, 2020

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

 

Important Registration Information

Please read the information below carefully before submitting your registration.  By registering for the conference you acknowledge you have read and agree to all of the terms listed.

  • All paper/PDF registration forms must be complete with a check, purchase order, authorization, or Visa, Discover, or MasterCard credit card information.
  • 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.
  • Early bird registration discounts are offered until January 6, 2020.  General conference registration will run from January 7th through April 8, 2020.  Registrations will not be accepted after April 8th, no exceptions.
  • Written cancellation requests must be received by April 8, 2020 and will be charged a $25.00 processing fee. No refunds after April 8, 2020, no exceptions.  A $30.00 fee will accompany any returned checks or denied charges.  Substitutions can be made at no cost.
  • If you are registering your child with an autism spectrum disorder 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.  Child care is not available.
  • By registering for this conference, you give the Autism Society of Greater Wisconsin permission to publish photographs/video of you in promotional materials without incurring any liability to the Autism Society of Greater Wisconsin or any photographer/videographer hired on behalf of this event.
  • On-site registration is subject to an additional $25 fee and space availability.  Handouts & conference booklets are not guaranteed.

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

Exhibiting

Exhibiting provides the opportunity to engage with over 700 attendees including some of the top leaders committed to improving lives of individuals living with autism.  An exhibit will include a table for your organization to share your work and resources with educators, individuals on the spectrum, and families during any of our numerous breaks Thursday through Saturday of the conference.

The exhibitor fee includes a skirted 8’ table with chairs, a one-line I.D. sign, name in conference program, and one general conference registration (includes Friday & Saturday).  Sponsors are offered prime table locations, all other tables are randomly assigned. Electricity is an additional expense.

Download the 2020 Exhibitor Prospectus to find further information on exhibiting at our Annual Conference. If you are interested, please fill out any of the forms included in the Prospectus, or visit our website to complete the online forms.

Expand your visibility beyond the booth with a sponsorship! We have a variety of sponsorship levels available this year, including the opportunity to create your own sponsorship package! Click here for more information.

Deadlines

Exhibitor Application:

April 8, 2020

Electricity Request: 

April 20, 2020

Exhibitor Registration Prices

*The resource table allows companies or organizations to display one or two of their printed material(s) (e.g. brochure, flyer) on a shared table.

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

Lodging

We have a room block rate available at the Kalahari Resort which includes a single rate of $112/night or a double, triple, or quad rate of $129/night. The rate will increase to $149 per evening for reservations on Saturday. Please book in advance; only a limited number of rooms are blocked at these special rates.

If you would like to secure a hotel room with our room block, please click here to make your reservation online, or call the Kalahari Resort at 877-253-5466. Due to high call volumes it is recommended to use the booking website to make your reservation.

The room reservation cut off date is March 30, 2020; all unconfirmed rooms will then be released to the general public.

Complimentary Amenities:  All overnight guests are invited to indulge in the complimentary use of  the water park and fitness center.

Parking: The Kalahari has ample parking spaces available for hotel and conference guests.

Frequently Asked Questions

Have questions about the Annual Wisconsin 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 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 6, 2020.  General conference registration will run from January 5th through April 8th, 2020.  Registrations will not be accepted after April 8th, no exceptions.  Substitutions may be made at no cost. Onsite registration is available to those who miss the pre-registration deadline for an additional $25.  Please note that conference materials are not guaranteed for onsite registrants.

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.

Can I register for just one day of the conference?

Single day registration is available only for the Pre-Conference on Thursday, April 30th. There is no one-day registration rate available for the General Conference, Friday, May 1 and Saturday, May 2.

What if I need to cancel my registration?

Written cancellation requests must be sent to agollata@autismgreaterwi.org by April 8, 2020 and will be charged a $25.00 processing fee. Substitutions can be made at no cost.  No refunds after April 8th – no exceptions. A $30.00 fee will accompany any returned checks or denied charges.

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.

When will breakout session information be available?

If you submitted a session proposal, you can expect to be notified of its acceptance status by the end of December. Breakout session details should be available on the conference webpage by mid January.

Is there a hotel room block?

Yes, we have reserved rooms at the Kalahari Resort & Convention Center. Lodging reservations must be made directly with the hotel – please click here to make your reservation online, or call the Kalahari Resort at 877-253-5466. Due to high call volumes it is recommended to use the booking website to make your reservation.

Make your reservation in advance; only a limited number of rooms are blocked at a special rate of $112 per night for a single or $129 for a double, triple or quad room Wednesday– Friday.  The rate will increase to $149 per evening for reservations on Saturday.  All overnight guests are invited to indulge in the complimentary use of the water park and fitness center. Room reservation cutoff date is March 11, 2019; all unconfirmed rooms will then be released to the general public.

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 an autism spectrum disorder 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.

Can I bring my spouse/children?

Although attendees may bring family members to the resort and water park, only paid registrants wearing conference names badges will be permitted to attend the pre-conference, keynote presentations and breakout sessions. Breakfast provided outside of the conference meeting rooms each morning is for registered attendees only.

Family members are more than welcome to attend the following special events on Friday night: Family Reception, Talent Show, and Dance.

Are meals included?

Coffee and a light breakfast will be provided each morning. All other meals will be on your own.  There are several restaurants in the hotel and in the vicinity of the hotel.

What is the conference attire?

Casual clothing is suitable for all conference activities. We recommend dressing in layers; Some people find the rooms warm, others find them cold.

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, 2020
End:
May 2, 2020

Venue

Kalahari Resort & Convention Center
1305 Kalahari Dr
Baraboo, WI 53965 United States
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Phone:
877-253-5466
Website:
https://www.kalahariresorts.com/wisconsin