National Conference

Thank you to all who joined us in Denver, CO. We hope to see you in 2016.

Since 1965, the Autism Society has embraced its mission to make a better world for all with autism. Shortly after its founding, the Autism Society held an inaugural national conference to discuss the state of children with ASD in America. This meeting brought together parents of children with ASD to share resources, experiences and develop strategies to be effective advocates for their children.

Today, the Autism Society’s annual conference represents one of the largest gathering of autism families, service providers, educators, policymakers and key allies in the disability community. Information on keynote speakers and sessions will be made available in early 2016. Here you will find a comprehensive guide to the Autism Society National Conference.

47th Annual Autism Society National Conference
July 13, 2016 Preconference
July 14-16 Keynotes, Concurrent Sessions, and Exhibition Hall



Code of Conduct and Meeting Policy (PDF)

Connect, Learn, Advocate, and Thrive: 47th Annual Autism Society National Conference
We hope you plan to join us for our 47th Annual Autism Society National Conference in New Orleans, LA. on July 13 – 16, 2016. Please stay tuned and follow our Facebook page, Twitter and website for more updates and information on next year’s conference.

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New Orleans Marriott
555 Canal St
New Orleans, LA 70130

The Big Easy posterNew Orleans is a Louisiana city on the Mississippi River, near the Gulf of Mexico. Nicknamed the “Big Easy,” it’s known for its round-the-clock nightlife, vibrant live-music scene and great food reflecting its history as a melting pot of French, African and American cultures. New Orleans neighborhoods are where the culture and creativity of the Crescent City come to life. The historic French Quarter is just one – there is great food, music and more to be found all across the city. The original settlement of New Orleans is the French Quarter, it is the oldest neighborhood in the city. Established by the French in 1718, the location was, and is still, a valuable site for trade due to its strategic position along the Mississippi River. The district is a National Historic Landmark and is bordered by popular streets, such as Canal Street, Decatur Street, Rampart Street and Esplanade Avenue. So much of what makes New Orleans unique is captured in the melting pot atmosphere of the French Quarter, from the boisterous party vibe of Bourbon Street to the bohemian elegance of Royal Street.

BalconyIronworkA dominant feature throughout the French Quarter is the stunning architecture. Balconies adorned with intricate ironwork, courtyards filled with lush greenery and beautiful fountains showcase European roots.  Life in the French Quarter centers around New Orleans’ most famous landmark, Jackson Square. The square honors Andrew Jackson, the hero of the battle of New Orleans. The square is flanked by historic structures such as the St. Louis Cathedral, the Presbytere and Cabildo (which house the Louisiana state museums) and the Pontalba apartments (the oldest apartment buildings in the United States). Every street in the French Quarter has something to offer from classic restaurants, music venues, boutique shopping to voodoo temples. Some of the most popular areas include: Royal Street, Chartres Street and Bourbon Street and of course the historic French Market for souvenirs. The allure of the French Quarter draws millions of visitors each year. Join the Autism Society for our National Conference & Exposition in 2016 and seize the opportunity to stroll the streets of this exotic neighborhood and experience the mystery, fun and magic.

Local NOLA Events taking place around the time of the Autism Society National Conference

San Fermin in Nueva Orleans (Running of the Bulls) July 9-12, 2016
San Fermin in Nueva Orleans (SFNO) is an annual festival in New Orleans featuring an Encierro (bull run), which replicates and pays homage to the world famous Encierro of Pamplona, Spain, or “The Running of the Bulls”, only our bulls are none other than members of the Big Easy Rollergirls and select participants from other rollerderby leagues across the country!

Tales of the Cocktail: July 15-19, 2016
Have a highball, y’all. Sip and sup at this four-day-long mixer in the city that invented the cocktail. Enjoy lectures, book signings, dinner pairings, cooking and mixing demonstrations, and more at this annual event.