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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

Thank you to the more than 1,000 people who participated in the Stronger Together in 2020 virtual autism conference. The event included a full day pre-conference workshop by Kelly Mahler, MS, OTR/L about Interoception: Practical Solutions for Promoting Self-Regulation, Positive Behavior, Language Development and Social Participation; four live-stream keynote presenters including Judy Endow, LCSW; Loui Lord Nelson, PhD; Kari Dunn Buron; and Haley Moss; live-stream and on-demand breakout sessions in tracks focused on accessibility, neurodiversity, services and supports, strategies, and COVID-19; Minnesota and Wisconsin virtual exhibit halls full of resources; and after hours lounge chat sessions for community connections.

If you missed the live event, you can still register to access the recordings from now until November 1st. Look for more information about how to register by clicking on the Register tab.

Join us virtually! 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! Recordings are available now through November 1st.

✔ Access 40+ on demand sessions. Registration includes access to over 40 breakout session recordings. Browse at your leisure – your access is good through November 1st!

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

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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.

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 Kari 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.

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.

The Virtual Autism Conference will feature a mix of live and on-demand sessions.
Live sessions will be presented in real-time at the time listed on the schedule. These sessions will also be recorded. Recordings will be accessible for up to 6 months after the live event.
On demand sessions are pre-recorded and accessible anytime during the live event and up to 6 months afterward.

*breakout session schedule and content subject to change

Accessing the Virtual Event

Interoception Workshop: Navigating the Auditorium

Once you login to the virtual conference, you will be directed to the main auditorium for the Stronger Together in 2020 Pre-conference on Interoception. From here you will have access to the presentation when it begins. There will be a Resources tab that includes the pre-conference handouts, certificate of attendance, and evaluation link.

The recording of the Interoception pre-conference will be available to view May 11th – June 11th. To access the recording, login using the same link that was sent to you on April 29th and April 30th. If you need a link re-sent, please contact Amber at agollata@autismgreaterwi.org.

General Conference: Navigating the Virtual Lobby

Once you login to the virtual conference, you will be directed to the lobby, the main landing page for the Stronger Together in 2020 virtual autism conference. The lobby contains links to the event’s virtual areas you can explore. Session recordings, exhibit halls, and other resources will remain available through November 1st.

Sessions Banner & Button

This is the space where all keynote speaker presentations and breakout sessions, live and on-demand, will be available.

MN and WI Expo Hall Banners

There are two different Expo Halls you can explore: the Minnesota Expo Hall and the Wisconsin Expo Hall. Each Expo Hall will have information from a variety of vendors and service providers.

Lounge Banner & Button

In this link, “After Hours Lounge Chat” discussions will take place on Friday and Saturday following the live-stream conference sessions. Chat discussions are open to all participants. Chat participants are asked to keep neurodiversity acceptance at the forefront of all conversations to allow for a safe, supportive environment for all participants.

Virtual Bag

Access the complete conference program guide, a virtual conference social narrative, details about the exhibit scavenger hunt, and resource materials provided by some of the virtual Expo Hall exhibitors. Review and/or print these materials.

Certificate

Access a printable Certificate of Attendance. Educators are encouraged to keep the certificate to submit to their respective CEU boards.  The Interoception pre-conference workshop has its own Certificate of Attendance than can be accessed in the Resources tab available on the pre-conference session screen.

Registration

The live Stronger Together in 2020 Virtual Autism Conference took place on May 1st and 2nd.

By registering for the conference now, you will have access to all keynote and breakout session recordings, exhibit halls/booths, and other shared resources.

Access to the conference recordings and materials will remain open until November 1, 2020.

Once we receive you registration and payment, we will send you information about accessing the virtual event, along with your login credentials. You can expect to receive this information within 2 business days of your registration.

If registering more than one person at a time, please use a unique email address for each registrant to ensure they receive conference updates, information, and an access pass.

Please contact Amber Gollata at agollata@autismgreaterwi.org or 920-558-4600 with questions about registration.

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!

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.  Instructions about how to access the virtual event will be emailed  1-2 days business days of receiving your registration. 

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

GROUP REGISTRATION: 

Discounts for groups of 4 or more may be available, please contact Amber Gollata at agollata@autismgreaterwi.org for more information.

CANCELLATIONS:

Cancellation or refund requests will not be accepted for post-event registrations.

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

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 cancellations were accepted through 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.

Details

Start:
April 30
End:
May 2

Venue

WI United States