Presenter Title/Organization Presentation Title
Gregory Abowd, DPhil Founder and President, Atlanta Autism Consortium, Inc.; Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA Highlights of Break-Outs
Scott Badesch President and Chief Executive Office, Autism Society of America (National Office), Bethesda, MD State of the Nation
Scott Bales Vice-president, Atlanta Autism Consortium, Inc.; President of the Advocacy Benevolence Leadership Empowerment (ABLE), Andrew Young
Adult Services & Supports

Adult Panel

Anna Bullard Community Outreach Director; Director of Early Advocacy, Early Autism Project Inc., Savannah, GA, Board of Directors, Autism Society of Georgia State of the State
Jason Cavin, MS, MA, LPC, BCBA Director of Behavior Supports and Consultation, Center for Leadership in Disability, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA
Adult Services & Supports

Supporting independence, productivity and inclusion through the use of positive behavior supports

Daniel Crimmins, PhD Director, Center for Leadership in Disability and Professor of Public Health, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA
Claire Dees Community Engagement Manager, Parent to Parent of Georgia, Atlanta, GA
Family Support

Are We Having Fun Yet?

Jean Estes, Esq Attorney, Advocates for Special Education, State of Georgia, Lawrenceville, GA
Elementary & Secondary Education

A Parent/Lawyer Conversation

Austin Harris Self-advocate, currently pursuing a degree in Criminal Justice at Gwinnett Technical College
Lillie Huddleston, PhD Clinical Assistant Professor, Health Promotion and Behavior, Center for Leadership in Disability, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA
Community Services & Supports

Positive Behavior and Visual Supports Project for Children and Families in Babies Can’t Wait

Donna M. Johnson Director, Child Health Projects, Office of Child Health, Maternal and Child Health, Georgia Department of Public Health, Atlanta, GA State of the State
Patricia Matthews, MD Parent of a child with Autism, WellStar Medical Group Pediatric & Adolescents Center, Smyrna, GA
Medical & Behavioral Health Services

Autism and the Medical Home. Visiting the Pediatrician from the Eyes of a Parent.

Michael Morrier, PhD, BCBA-D Assistant Director for Early Childhood Programs, Emory Autism Center and Assistant Professor, Emory University, Atlanta, GA
Early Intervention & Preschool Services

Current Early Treatment and Educational Services for Autism Spectrum Disorder Ages 0-5

Janice Nodvin Executive Director and Clinical Director, Adult Disability Medical Home, Inc. (ADMH), Atlanta, GA
Transition from Youth to Adult Systems

A Medical Home is not a House, but Everyone Needs One.

Allison O’Hara, EdS, MS Behavioral Consultant and Therapist, Center for Leadership in Disability, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA
Community Services & Supports

Using Visual Supports to Help Increase Independence in Children with ASD

Rachel Patterson, MPA Disability and Sibling advocate; Director of Public Policy, Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, Washington DC State of the Nation
Mitzi Proffitt Regional Manager, Parent to Parent of Georgia; Chair for the State, Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities, Brooklet, GA
Elementary & Secondary Education

A Parent/Lawyer Conversation

Debbie Reagin, EdD Education Program Specialist, Georgia Department of Education, Atlanta, GA
Elementary & Secondary Education

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act: An Overview

Cheryl Rhodes, MS, LMFT Director, Case Management, Marcus Autism Center, Atlanta, GA
Family Support

Recipes for Success: Essential Ingredients of Family Support

Cathy Rice, PhD Director, Emory Autism Center ; Adjunct Assistant Professor, School of Medicine, Emory University, Atlanta GA State of the Research

Referral & Diagnosis

Early Identification in Community Settings: Developmental Monitoring, Screening, and Assessment

Scott Robertson Self Advocate; Co-Founder of the Autism Self Advocacy Network (ASAN), a nonprofit organization “run by and for Autistic people”; Ph.D State of the Nation

Adult Services & Supports

Adult Panel

Diana Robins, PhD Associate Professor, AJ Drexel Autism Institute, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania State of the Research

Early Identification & Screening

Standardized Screening Facilitates Early Detection of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Roy Sanders, MD Psychiatrist, Decatur Family Psychiatry, Decatur, GA
Medical & Behavioral Health Services

Psychoactive Medications Use in ASD

Transition from Youth to Adult Systems

Sexuality-Issues for People living with ASD

Celine Saulnier, PhD Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Emory University; Clinical Director for Research, Marcus Autism Center, Atlanta, GA State of the Research

Referral & Diagnosis

Conducting Comprehensive Evaluations for the Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorders

Camille Smith, MS, EdS Behavioral Scientist, Prevention Research Branch, National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD), Center for Disease Control, Atlanta, GA
Early Identification & Screening

Learn the Signs, Act Early (LTS/AE)

Jennifer Stapel-Wax, PsyD Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine; Director, Infant and Toddler Clinical Research Operations, Marcus Autism Center, Atlanta, GA
Early Intervention & Preschool Services

Early Autism Intervention: Clinical Practice, Professional Training, and Community Viable Solutions
State of the State

Miyah Sundermeyer Self-Advocate; Center for Leadership in Disability, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA
Adult Services & Supports
Debi Taylor Autism Specialist, Founder of Spirit of Autism, Inc. (“Training for Eemergency Responders”) and co-founder/active member of the Fire Rescue Reserve, Atlanta, GA
Emergency Preparedness & First Responders

Spirit of Autism, Inc. – Training for Emergency Responders

Ninetta Violante Captain, City of Decatur Fire Department
Emergency Preparedness & First Responders

Safety and special issues for emergency personnel

Marshalyn Yeargin-Allsopp, MD Medical Epidemiologist and Chief, Developmental Disabilities Branch, National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD), Center for Disease Control, Atlanta, GA Closing Keynote