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Autism Society of Wisconsin Annual Conference
April 30 - May 2, 2015
Kalahari Convention Center, Wisconsin Dells

Thank you to our Conference Lanyard Sponsor:

Important Conference & Lodging Information

On-Site Registration

New!! Sibshop

FULL Talent Show

Keynote Presentations

Breakout Session Descriptions (subject to change)

New!! Schedule at a Glance

New!! BCBA Continuing Education


Conference pre-registration is now closed. You will be able to register for the conference onsite at the rates listed below. Please note that conference materials such as handouts and conference programs are not guaranteed for onsite registrants.

Onsite Registration Fees:

Autism Society Member

Full Conference: $235.00
2 Days: $190.00
Single Day $140.00

Full Conference: $275
2 Days: $225
Single Day: $175

Person with ASD & Support Person
Full Conference: $115
2 Days: $100
Single Day $85

Download, complete and bring completed onsite registration form and method of payment to the on-site registration booth at the conference. **THIS WILL ONLY BE ACCEPTED IN PERSON AT THE CONFERNCE DO NOT MAIL, E-MAIL OR FAX!

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Keynote Presentations

Thursday, April 30, 2015, 8:30-3:30

Pre-conference Workshop: Literacy for All! Strategies to Support Emerging Readers on the Autism Spectrum

Presented by: Lynn Stansberry Brusnahan, Julie Arens, Barbara Christensen, Rosemary Gardner, Mary McMullen, & Jessi Lowney

Participants will learn the basics for teaching students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) to read by providing comprehensive instruction, using evidence-based practices. Case studies will be presented along with demonstrations of how to teach working with words, guided reading, writing, and self-selected reading.

As a result of this workshop, participants will be able to state the core challenges students with ASD experience that impact literacy and their ability to access curriculum and standards; learn how to write meaningful standards-based IEP goals and objectives with examples that take into account student challenges; and employ effective literacy strategies for struggling and emerging readers with autism.

Friday, May 1, 2015temple_rsz, 8:30-10:30 am

How People with Autism Think & Feel

Presented by: Temple Grandin

In this special presentation backed by personal experience and evidence-based research, Dr. Temple Grandin will provide a look into the mind of an individual with autism.

• Learn how Dr. Grandin’s thought process resembles an internet image search - and how she has put that gift into action.

• Hear Dr. Grandin’s message for educators, policy makers and corporations: producing successful business results and public policy requires different kinds of minds working together.

• Take away practical tips for parenting, teaching and learning from the individuals with autism in your life.

Saturday, May 2, 2015, 8:30-10:30 am

Individuals with ASD and their Families Across the Lifespan

Presented by: Leann Smith
Associate Scientist, Waisman Center
Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Pediatrics University of Wisconsin-Madison Waisman Center

Currently 1 in 68 children meet criteria for a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder. Importantly, ASD is lifelong condition and family members continue to be active contributors to their children's lives not only during the childhood years, but also during adolescence and adulthood. This presentation will discuss what we know from research about change across the lifespan for individuals with ASD, with a special focus on the transition to adulthood, as well as the impact of having a child with ASD on the family.

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Sibshop Saturday, May 2, 8:30 am -12:15 pm

The Autism Society of Wisconsin has partnered with Good Friend to offer a Sibshop during the annual conference. This workshop is designed for brothers and sisters of individuals with autism, ages 8 - 13. Siblings do not have to be registered for the annual conference to attend this workshop. Please sign up for the sibshop by filling out the form. Completed forms can be faxed to Melissa at 920-278-1496 or emailed to

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BCBA Continuing Education

Type 2 CE credits are available for an additional $15 per session (each breakout session is 1.5 CEs). To sign up to attend sessions for credit, please check in at the registration desk upon arrival and ask for a Sign In/Out sheet. You will be asked to mail in proof of attendance along with payment after the conference. Certificates of Attendance will be provided after receipt of documentation and payment. 

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