Conference Agenda

New Conference Features

  • Suggested professional, family and self-advocate tracks
  • Sessions presented in Spanish for Spanish speaking families
  • Poster Session

Conference Schedule

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

8:00 – 5:00 pm Exhibitor Exposition
8:00 – 5:00 pm Sensory Room
8:00 – 8:45 Registration and Coffee
8:45 – 9:00 Conference Welcome
9:00 – 10:30 State of the State Keynote Conversation
The Autism Plan for Georgia: Highlighting Achievements and Next Steps
Emily Rubin, Marcus Autism Center, Children’s Healthcare of AtlantaFacilitator: Daniel Crimmins Ph.D., Director, Center for Leadership in Disability, GSU, Atlanta GA
10:30-10:45 Break
Tracks Adult Services & Supports Elementary and Secondary Education Community Services and Supports Transition from Youth to Adult Systems Medical, Behavioral Health and Dental Services Referral and Diagnosis Spanish Speaking Track
Location TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
10:45 – 12:15 How to Seek, Gain and Maintain Employment
Kylie Moore, BS
Nathan Heald, LMSW
All About Developmental Disabilities
Basics of
Special Education Law

Tim Schwarz, J.D.
Law Office of Tim Schwarz
Basics of Applied Behavior Analysis: Application for Individuals of all Ages and Environments
Michael Morrier, Ph.D, BCBA-D
Emory Autism Center
Dr. Robert Babcock, Ph.D, BCBA-D
RA Babcock & Associates, LLC
Improving Self-Determination: A Strengths-Based Transition Intervention for a Youth with ASD
Teal Benevides, Ph.D, MS, OTR/L
Augusta University
Anne Ladd
Georgia Department of Education
Transitioning Comprehensive Clinical Care: A Medical Home is not a House, but Everyone Needs One
Andrea Videlefsky, MD
Adult Disability Medical Home
Autism Identification: From Psychometrics to Systems
Brian, Barger, Ph.D
Center for Leadership in Disability
Know Your Rights
Adelina Nicholls
Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights
*Presented in Spanish
12:30 pm– 1:30 pm Networking Lunch
1:30 – 2:30 pm Poster Session
2:30 – 3:15 pm Featured Speaker and Award Recipient

Facilitator: Daniel Crimmins Ph.D., Director, Center for Leadership in Disability, GSU, Atlanta GA

3:15 – 3:30 pm Break
Tracks Adult Services & Supports Family Support Transition from Youth to Adult Systems Community Services and Supports Early Intervention and Preschool Services Elementary and Secondary Education Spanish Speaking Track
Location TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
3:30 – 5:00 pm Health and Wellness: The Role They Place for ASD Adults
Scott Kramer
Chattanooga Autism Center
4 Things That Should Be Included In Wills For Parents With Children With Autism
DJ Jeyaram, Esq.
Jeyaram & Associates
How to Prepare Students and Plan for Inclusive Postsecondary Education Programs
Susanna Miller-Raines
Center for Leadership in Disability
Karla Wade, Ph.D
Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency
Theresa Tucker, Ed.S
East Georgia State University
Using Applied Behavior Analysis for Skill Acquisition and Reduction of Problem Behavior: Going Beyond the Basics
Dr. Robert Babcock, Ph.D, BCBA-D RA Babcock & Associates, LLC
Michael Morrier, Ph.D, BCBA-D Emory Autism Center
Introduction to Language Acquisition through Motor Planning Christine Kramlich, MA
Prentke Romich Company
Engaging Students Through Visual Supports and Communication
Jennifer Ro, MA, CCC-SLP
Amy Thomsen, MS, CCC-SLP
Forsyth County Schools
Latino Community Practice Consortium Meeting
*Open to the public
*Presented in English

Thursday, May 4, 2017

8:00 – 5:00 pm Exhibitor Exposition
8:00 – 5:00 pm Sensory Room
8:00 – 8:45 Registration and Coffee
8:45 – 9:00 Conference Welcome
9:00-10:30 State of the Research Keynote

Autism and the Media: Distinguishing between Fact and Fiction
Celine A. Saulnier, Ph.D.

Marcus Autism Center, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
Department of Pediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine

Facilitator: Daniel Crimmins Ph.D., Director, Center for Leadership in Disability, GSU, Atlanta GA

10:30 – 10:45 Break
Tracks Adult Services & Supports Elementary & Secondary Education Early Intervention and Preschool Services Referral and Diagnosis Family Support Medical, Behavioral Health and Dental Services Spanish Speaking Track
Location TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
10:45 – 12:15 People with Autism Spectrum Disorder in the Workplace: An Expanding Legal Frontier
Wendy Hensel, J.D.
GSU College of Law
Teaching Foundational Math for Students with Significant Processing Challenges
Sarah Champ, MS
The Community School
The Basics of the DIR/Floortime Model: An Evidence-Based, Interactive Approach for Working with Individuals on the Autism Spectrum
David Nelson, LPC
The Community School
Preparing Licensed Psychologists to Identify Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: The Georgia Autism Assessment Collaborative (GAAC)
Michael Morrier, Ph.D, BCBA-D
Catherine Rice, Ph.D
Emory Autism Center
Donna Johnson
Sally Cannon MEd
Georgia Department of Public Health
Marriage and Family Life on the Spectrum: Move Beyond Surviving to Thriving
Stephanie Holmes, MA
Autism Spectrum Resources for Marriage & Family, LLC
Behavioral Coping Plans: Best Practice For Children With Special Needs In Healthcare
Jessica N. Palumbo Dufur, BS, CCLS, CEIM
Ashley G. McClain, BS, CCLS
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
Accepting our differences to understand the Autism Spectrum
Lola Hernandez
*Presented in Spanish
12:30 pm– 1:30 pm Networking Lunch
1:30 – 3:00 State of the Union Keynote
Social Justice and Autism: Challenging Injustice and Valuing Diversity
Lydia X. Z. Brown
Morénike Giwa-Onaiwu
Larkin Taylor-ParkerFacilitator: Breanna Kelly, LCSW Center for Leadership in Disability, GSU, Atlanta GA
3:00 – 3:15 Break
Tracks Early Intervention & Preschool Community Services and Supports Adult Services & Supports Family Support Transition from Youth to Adult Systems Emergency Preparedness & First Responders Spanish Speaking Track
Location TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
3:15 – 4:45 Let’s Get Social: Practical Strategies to Help Teachers & Parents Encourage Social Skills Development
LeNaya Smith, MA
Kaleidoscope Kids
Georgia Autism Skills for Life: Model for A Peer Mediated Adult Social Skills Group
Merideth Sinclair, MS, CRC
Georgia State University
Courtney, M.Ed, BCBA
University of Georgia
My Voice. My Participation. My Board: Leadership Training for Individuals with ASD and IDD
Miyah Sundermeyer
Evan Nodvin
Lara Swenson
Sensory Friendly Concerts: Fun for All SenAbilities
Wendy Blumenthal, Ph.D
Sensory Friendly Foundation
Jason Rodencal,MS
University of South Florida
Autism and Relationships: Building Meaningful Connections
Beth Champ, MS, MBA, LPC
Dave Nelson, LPC
The Community School
Emergency Preparedness for the Autism Home
Debi Taylor
Spirit of Autism, LLC
Support Specifically Dedicated for our Families
Liz Diaz Yabuku, MA, NCC, LAPC, CAMS
*Presented in Spanish
5:00 – 5:15 Closing Remarks

 


Sensory Room

The sensory room is designed to provide a quiet, peaceful space to soothe and offer a sensory break as needed. The sensory room will be open throughout the entire conference for your convenience.