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

Important Conference & Lodging Information


FULL Talent Show

Keynote Presentations

New!! Breakout Session Descriptions (subject to change)

New!! Schedule at a Glance

Exhibit at the Conference

Sponsorship Opportunities

Advertise in the Conference Booklet

New!! BCBA Continuing Education

Register for the Conference

• Download the fillable form and either print & mail, email or fax.

Complete the online registration form.

The deadline to pre-register is March 27, 2015. Onsite registration will be available for an additional $25. 

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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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Exhibit at the Conference

Exhibiting provides an opportunity to engage with, on average, over 600 attendees including some of the top leaders committed to improving lives of individuals living with autism. Complete your application today!

Complete the fillable form and either print & mail, e-mail, or fax; OR

Complete the online registration form.

Sponsorship Opportunities

The Autism Society is offering various sponsorship level opportunities to enhance your experience and also accommodate your budget. Through our communication networks we can help to deliver your message to our members and conference attendees. We’ve also added an option to create your own sponsorship level. Click on the link below for more information!

Sponsorship Application

Advertise in the Conference Booklet

Place an advertisement about your company’s products and/or services in our 2015 Conference Program. This is an additional opportunity for you to reach individuals with ASD, parents, educators, therapists, agencies, school district and others, making them aware of the services you provide.

Advertising Application

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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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