Conference Schedule

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

8:30 – 4:30 pm Autism Expo — 30 Exhibitors will be available throughout the day
8:30 – 4:30 pm Sensory Room
8:30 – 9:00 Registration and Coffee
9:00 – 9:15

 Welcome

Daniel Crimmins and Emily Rubin
 9:15 – 10:00

Access

Daniel Crimmins will moderate a panel talking about changes in Georgia legislation and Medicaid to enhance access to services for children with autism.
9:00 – 9:15 Stretch break and transition
10:10 – 11:40

Engage

Emily Rubin will provide an overview of the SEE-KS and SCERTS® models for social emotional engagement of students across the autism spectrum. Her work is being carried out in schools across Georgia — and beyond. She will be accompanied for part of her presentation by a panel of teachers carrying out these approaches.
11:40 – 11:45 Stretch break and transition
11:45 – 12:15

Celebrate

Cathy Rice will be presented with the 2018 Autism Conference and Expo of Georgia Outstanding Achievement Award by Gregory Abowd, our 2017 honoree.
12:15 – 1:30

Network

Lunchtime will offer a chance to discuss a favorite topic more deeply with interested others. Approximately half of our tables will have a topic and a facilitator for discussion. The other tables will be available for meeting with new and old friends. The expo area will be in the same area where lunch is served so participants may also visit our exhibitors.
1:30 – 2:20

Support

Stacey Ramirez will moderate a panel on parents’ roles in optimizing their children’s independence and self-determination. The panel will discuss useful strategies, frequently encountered barriers, and the delicate balance of moving from decision makers to becoming consultants in their sons’ and daughters’ lives.
2:20 – 2:30 Stretch break and transition
2:30 – 3:20

Communicate

Lindee Morgan will provide an overview of strategies to enhance engagement and social communication at home, in classrooms, and in the community for individuals with autism of all ages.
3:20 – 3:30 Stretch break and transition
3:30 – 4:20

Employ

A panel of employers, employees, and job developers will talk about the skills and accommodations most critical to job success.
4:20 – 4:30 Raffle and Closing Remarks

CEU opportunities are unavailable due to the format of the conference this year. We hope to offer CEU opportunities again in the future!

Sensory Room

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

Autism Conference Sponsors

Georgia State University Center for Leadership in Disability

Autism Conference Exhibitors