NEW THIS YEAR!
NEW THIS YEAR
With these new events and happenings, we anticipate that this year’s conference will be the biggest to date!
Registration-The Autism Society has reduced the financial burden that sometimes can prevent many in our community from attending conferences. All individuals on the spectrum are invited to attend our conference complimentary. We have also developed a discounted family rate.
Exhibit Hall Scavenger Hunt - All attendees will receive a Scavenger Hunt Game Card with specific booths to visit. Attendees will need to have their card stamped by each company/organization listed on the game card to validate your visit to their booth. Completed cards will be submitted to Autism Society National Conference and Exposition staff for a random drawing at the start of Saturday’s Keynote session.
Interaction Badges- Social gatherings (such as a large conference) can create a lot of anxiety, social overload, and unpredictability for some attendees. This interaction badge system helps address these concerns and allows the conference experience to be more comfortable for everyone who is participating. These badges are color-coded indications of the attendee’s level of comfort in social interaction. Interaction badge materials will be available at the Registration Table. The use of social interaction badges is/are open to all conference attendees, though not required.
Certified Autism Specialist Credits- The CAS program recognizes professionals that attend professional development or continuing education specifically in the area of autism. The CAS program is recognized by school districts, autism organizations and is a credential criteria that has been viewed and considered by insurance policy providers. The CAS mark represents and includes education, experience, career review and continuing education which enhances the individual's qualifications, advanced knowledge and practice. Learn more about CAS at http://www.certifiedautismspecialist.com/Home_Page.html
Rethinking High School: Gathering Your Voices to Create a National Vision for Adolescents with ASD
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
(Complimentary for all attendees)
Presenter (s): Center on Secondary Education and Samuel Odom
Description: Join the Center on Secondary Education for Students with ASD (CSESA) for a FREE, interactive pre-conference session to explore high school successes for students on the autism spectrum and opportunities for change in the high school environment. We invite adults and teenagers on the autism spectrum, their families, school professionals, and others to share their perspectives and experiences as part of a national dialogue focused on improving the high school experiences and post-school outcomes for students on the autism spectrum. (Refreshments Provided)
Range of Life Span: Adolescence and Adulthood
Target Audience: Professionals, Educators. Parents/Family Members, Self Advocates
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities presents Critical Opportunities!
Thursday, July 11, 2013
3:15 pm-4:15 pm
Are you interested in presenting a health policy Critical Opportunity? In a Critical Opportunity presentation you will make the case for a potential public health policy intervention that could improve screening of young children for developmental disabilities. These sessions are designed based on the Public Health Law Research (PHLR) model, as seen at their 2012 Annual Meeting. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention’s National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD) plans to host one session on Thursday, July 11th from 3:15-4:30 PM at the Autism Society’s 44th National Conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with two additional sessions in the coming months at major conferences. The goal of these sessions is to creatively identify public health policies and the public health research gaps, which if addressed could improve screening of young children for developmental disabilities.
We ask participants to make submissions that make the case for a public health policy that could improve screening of young children for developmental disabilities. The submissions will be judged by the NCBDDD staff and experts in the field of public health and public health law and several will be selected for presentation. Selected participants will be invited to make a timed 5-minute pitch to the audience and a panel of experts at the Autism Society’s National Conference. The audience will be polled to rank the most compelling critical opportunities and each of the panelists will offer their feedback to help presenters and attendees consider the opportunity from multiple angles. For more information or to request the template please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Submissions are due to NCBDDD by June 10, 2013.