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2018ConfLogowebSave the dates for the Autism Society of Minnesota's 23rd Annual Minnesota Autism Conference April 25-28, 2018!

Call for Papers 2018

The call for presentation proposals is open for the Autism Society of Minnesota’s 23rd Annual Minnesota Autism Conference, an event that will take place April 25-28, 2018. Be a part of this event of the year for the local autism community by submitting a topic for presentation. Suggested topics include but are not limited to positive behavior supports; siblings; strategies for parents; strategies for educators; managing behaviors; transition; sex; gender identity; early intervention; mental health (including anxiety, co-occurring diagnoses, PTSD and trauma, drug and alcohol addiction, etc.); employment; current research; Individual Education Plans (IEPs); emotion regulation; sensory integration; and social skills. The Minnesota Autism Conference Education Committee will evaluate proposals and those submitting proposals will be contacted by Dec. 22, 2017 regarding the status of proposals. The deadline for proposal submission is Nov. 17, 2017. Click here for more information and to download the Call for Papers form (Word Document).

2018 Conference Keynote Speakers

Wednesday, April 25 7-9 p.m.
Frank Campagna
"Things No One Ever Told Me After My Son Was Diagnosed With Autism"
Frank Campagna (aka "Autism Daddy"), father of a 14-year-old son with autism, has been riding the special needs roller-coaster for over 12 years, writes about his experiences, and has become a social media sensation with his blog and Facebook page. His claim to fame is giving people a realistic, non sugar-coated look at the world inside an autism household. Campagna also has worked at the Sesame Street Workshop for the past 23 years, and worked closely on their recent autism initiative, Sesame Street & Autism: See Amazing in All Children.

Thursday, April 26, 8-10 a.m., and continued session during breakouts
Jed Baker, PhD 
Title TBD
Jed Baker is the director of the Social Skills Training Project, a private organization serving individuals with autism and social communication problems. He also directs social skills training for Millburn Public Schools in New Jersey. He is on the professional advisory board of Autism Today, ASPEN, ANSWER, YAI, the Kelberman Center, and several other autism organizations. In addition, Dr. Baker is an award-winning author, a lecturer, and he provides training internationally on the topics of social skills training and managing challenging behaviors.

Thursday, April 26, 7-9 p.m.
Stephen Shore, PhD
Developing an Understanding of the Hidden Curriculum for Learners on the Autism Spectrum: A Lifespan Approach
Nonverbal until age 4 and diagnosed with "atypical Development and strong autistic tendencies" and "too sick" for outpatient treatment, Dr. Shore was recommended for institutionalization. With support from his parents, teachers, wife, and others, Dr. Shore now is a professor at Adelphi University where his research focuses on matching best practice to the needs of people with autism. Dr. Shore is internationally renowned for presentations, consultations, and writings on lifespan issues pertinent to education, relationships, employment, advocacy, and disclosure. His most recent book, College for Students with Disabilities, combines personal stories and research for promoting success in higher education.

Friday April 27, 8-10 a.m.
Leah Kuypers sponsored by St. David’s Center for Child and Family Development
Zones of Regulation
Leah Kuypers earned a Bachelors of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a Graduate Certificate in Autism, and a Master of Arts in Education from Hamline University. She has practiced as an OT/autism specialist in school and clinical settings, specializing in self-regulation and social learning, and has worked with students of all ages and challenges, including anxiety, ADHD, and ASD. Kuypers created The Zones of Regulation® (www.zonesofregulation.com), a framework designed to teach self-regulation, and is author of the book and two apps by same name (2011, Social Thinking Publishing; 2013, 2016 Selosoft, Inc). In addition to working with students, she provides trainings and consultation to parents and professionals on self-regulation and challenging behavior, and also conducts workshops on the Zones to groups across North America.

23rd Annual Minnesota Autism Conference Pricing

 Full Conference By April 10 After April 10 
 AuSM Member  $290  $315
 Non-Member  $370  $395
 Person with ASD  $80  $85 

 

 Wed Eve Keynote By April 10 After April 10 
 AuSM Member  $45  $55
 Non-Member  $55  $65
 Person with ASD  $15  $20 

 

 Thurs All Day By April 10 After April 10 
 AuSM Member  $90  $115
 Non-Member  $120  $145
 Person with ASD  $25  $30 

 

 Thurs Eve Keynote By April 10 After April 10 
 AuSM Member  $45  $55
 Non-Member  $55  $65
 Person with ASD  $15  $20 

 

 Fri All Day By April 10 After April 10 
 AuSM Member  $90  $115
 Non-Member  $120  $145
 Person with ASD  $25  $30

 

 Sat Half Day By April 10 After April 10 
 AuSM Member  $45  $55
 Non-Member  $55  $65
 Person with ASD  $15  $20

Exhibit, Sponsor, Advertise at the 23rd Annual Minnesota Autism Conference

The Minnesota Autism Conference is where we join our voices as a passionate network to inspire hope and innovation. Here, expert speakers, educators, professionals, caregivers, and individuals with autism have a platform to exchange knowledge and ideas with one another - all with the goal of enhancing the lives of those touched by autism. Reach the Minnesota autism community by sponsoring, exhibiting, and/or advertising during the conference. Click here for more information.