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Annual Conference

18 04 05 MN Autism Conference logo 2019 v1Register for the conference today!
April 24-27, 2019

The 24th Annual Minnesota Autism Conference is where we'll join our voices as a passionate network to connect and inspire 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 on the autism spectrum.

NEW VENUE! Minneapolis Marriott Southwest
5801 Opus Pkwy.
Minnetonka, MN 55343

Click here to view the 2019 conference registration brochure.



Scholarships Available
AuSM wants to make the Annual Minnesota Autism Conference available to as many as possible. If you need financial assistance to attend please click here to download an AuSM Scholarship Form.

Why a new venue?
AuSM’s events and leadership team spent a great deal of time researching appropriate venues for the conference, taking into consideration accessibility, space for growth, hotel location, venue costs, parking costs, and more. As we considered venues closer to AuSM/St. Paul/Minneapolis, we learned that higher venue costs and parking costs would lead to difficult financial barriers for community participation. We selected the Minneapolis Marriott Southwest because it best meets all of our venue criteria considerations, and will help us maintain registration rates without adding parking cost. All sessions will be located on the main floor along with resource tables, the AuSM Bookstore, and a quiet room. This venue also offers larger session space, hopefully allowing more comfort for all participants. And, the Minneapolis Marriott Southwest offers access to public transportation as it is near transit and bus lines.


2019 Keynote Speakers
We are pleased to announce our 2019 Minnesota autism conference keynote speaker line-up includes Sue Swenson, MBA sponsored by LEND; Theresa M. Regan, PhD, CBIS, CAS sponsored by Cargill; Patrick Schwarz, PhD sponsored by St. David's Center for Child & Family Development; and Jennifer O'Toole sponsored by Minnesota Independence College & Community.

Click here for a detailed conference schedule.

Audience Guides to Help Plan Your Conference Participation
Individuals with Autism

Conference Hotel
To reserve a room at the Minneapolis Marriott Southwest at the special autism conference rate of $124 per night, click here. Rooms must be reserved by April 3, 2019 to take advantage of this special rate.

Volunteers Needed
Various volunteer shifts are available during the conference, and the discounted volunteer fee applies according to the day and number of shifts for which you volunteer. The volunteer shift requirements and costs are as follows:

April 24, Wednesday Evening: One Shift Required, cost to attend Wednesday evening keynote presentation=$0
April 25, Thursday Day: Three Shifts Required, cost to attend daytime breakouts/morning keynote=$75
April 25, Thursday Evening: One Shift Required, cost to attend Thursday evening keynote presentation=$0
April 26, Friday Day: One Shift Required, cost to attend daytime breakouts/morning keynote=$75
Saturday Day: Three Shifts Required, cost to attend morning breakouts=$0

Click here if you would like to volunteer for the 24th Annual Minnesota Autism Conference. New this year: To ensure the safety of our conference participants, all volunteers must agree to a background check. Once you complete the electronic form, we will e-mail you about the next steps. If you have questions about volunteering, please contact Kelly Ulrick, AuSM Director of Events and Fundraising, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

24th Annual Minnesota Autism Conference Pricing

Register by April 11, 2019/After April 11, 2019

Full Conference
AuSM Member: $320/$345
Non-Member: $400/$425
Person with ASD: $110/$110

Single Day (Thurs, Fri)
AuSM Member: $120/$145
Non-Member: $150/$175
Person with ASD: $45/$45

Evening Keynotes Only (Wed, Thurs)
AuSM Member: $55/$65
Non-Member: $65/$75
Person with ASD: $25/$25

Saturday Half-Day
AuSM Member: $55/$65
Non-Member: $65/$75
Person with ASD: $25/$25

Sponsor the 24th Annual Minnesota Autism Conference
Reach the Minnesota autism community by sponsoring, exhibiting, and/or advertising during the conference. Click here for more information.

Thank you, overall conference sponsors!

ACCRA logo 1  Lindamood Bell logo     MNLENDlogoWEB


Thank you, too, to additional conference sponsors Autism Advocacy & Law Center, LLC; Cargill; Minnesota Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities; Minnesota Independence College & Community; and St. David's Center for Child & Family Development.

2019 Exhibitors

Academy of Whole Learning
Autism Advocacy & Law Center
Bethesda Lutheran Communities
Bridging Hearts
Center for Autism and Related Disorders
Consumer Directions
FIND Network
Forbes AAC
Lifeworks Services
Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes
MN Disability Determination Services
Minnesota Independence College & Community
Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
PACT Institute
Partners in Community Supports
Plymouth Psych Group
Potty Train MN
QBS, Inc.
Renewal by Andersen
Speech Therapy Express LLC
St. David's Center for Child & Family Development
University of Minnesota
University of St. Thomas
Vitals Aware Services
West Metro Learning Connections, Inc.

19 02 20 Conf logo 2020 v125th Annual Minnesota Autism Conference Call for Papers
It's not too early to start thinking about submitting a proposal for presentation during the 25th Anniversary year for the state autism conference! Click here to download the Call for Papers for the 2020 conference, which will take place April 22-25, 2020 at the Minneapolis Marriott Southwest.