Autism Society of Wisconsin




Pre-Conference A

A Developmental Framework for Evidence-Based-Practices for the Autism Spectrum
Presented by Emily Rubin, MS, CCC-SLP

8:00 am-3:30 pm

Providing evidence-based educational programming for children on the autism spectrum relies not only on selecting appropriate strategies but also an understanding of neurodevelopment. What we determine as the child's targeted educational objectives should be as important as how we are providing accommodations. The lecture will begin with a review of the research in social neuroscience and how this helps us understand how children acquire the foundations of social and emotional competence before they are talking, at emerging language stages, and at the conversational level. Participants will learn how neurodevelopmental differences need to be considered when implementing evidence-based practices and how the SCERTS assessment framework can be used to generate educational objectives that are predictive of developmental shifts toward social emotional competence.half_day
Pre-Conference B

Sexuality Education for Individuals with Autism
Presented by Terri Couwenhoven, MS, AASET Certified Sexuality Educator

9:00 am-12:00 pm

This session integrates best practice research for teaching sexuality to individuals with autism spectrum disorder. Teaching strategies (how do I teach?) along with key foundational concepts (what do I teach?) are presented. Examples of resources and ideas for teaching at home, school, or in the community are shared.

Pre-Conference C

Autism Basics: Understanding the Spectrum
Presented by Sharon Hammer, MS, PC, Lisa Hoeme, MS, CRC, LPC, Lisa Ladson, BA, CABA and Kim Schmidt, MS, LP

1:00-4:00 pm

This is an introductory workshop that will focus on providing a deeper understanding of autism and how people with autism experience the world. Presenters will discuss common characteristics of autism, strategies for effectively supporting people on the spectrum, and other autism-related resources. This workshop will be based on recent research, first person accounts from those on the spectrum, and personal experiences from the practice of the presenters. You will leave this session with a greater understanding of how autism may impact how a person learns, interacts with others, and develops relationships.

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In this special presentation backed by personal experience and evidence-based research, Dr. Temple Grandin will provide a look into her personal experiences; intervention, problems with sensory and over-sensitivity. She will also discuss the thinking process, the importance of developing strengths as well as the importance of work skills. Take away practical tips for parenting, teaching and learning from the individuals with autism in your life.


Saturday's keynote session will be a panel of individuals on the autism spectrum, who will each share about their experience living life on the autism spectrum. Each panelist will have time to give an introduction and share about how autism affects their day to day life. A range of topics will be covered including, but not limited to, visual thinking, self-stimulatory behaviors, and the experiences as an individual with autism who types to communicate. There will be time for audience questions at the end.

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General Conference Registration - Deadline is April 10, 2017

Description of Conference Rates:

Autism Society Member: If you are a current dues paying member of an Autism Society affiliate you may register at this discounted rate.  If you are unsure of your member status, please call 920-558-4602.
Non-Member: This rate is for individuals who are not members of the Autism Society.  You may join at any time and immediately receive the discounted member rate. 

Support Person:  To qualify for this rate your primary purpose for attending the conference must be to support an individual on the autism spectrum who is also registered for the conference. Please include their name on your registration form.  Only 1 support person (per individual on the spectrum) may register at this rate.

Group Discounts: Groups of 4 or more employees from the same institution or organization are eligible to receive a 10% discount off the total cost of registration. To register at the discounted group rate, please download the group registration form. Only 1 form of payment may be used for all attendees registering as part of the group. Click here to download the group registration form.

Full time students should contact Melissa at for special student rates.

Please read the information below carefully before submitting your registration.  By registering for the conference you acknowledge you have read and agree to all of the terms listed. 

  • All paper registration forms must be complete with a check, purchase order, authorization, or Visa, Discover, or MasterCard credit card information. Online registration is also available.
  • An e-mail confirmation will be sent once your registration has been processed. If you do not receive an email confirmation, please contact us to ensure your registration was received.  Important information, including access to handouts, will be emailed prior to the conference.
  • Early bird registration discounts are offered until January 13, 2017.  General conference registration will run from January 14th through April 10, 2017.  Registrations will not be accepted after April 10th, no exceptions. 
  • Written cancellation requests must be received by April 10 and will be charged a $25.00 processing fee.
  • No refunds after April 10, 2017, no exceptions.  A $30.00 fee will accompany any returned checks or denied charges.  Substitutions can be made at no cost.
  • If you are registering your child with an autism spectrum disorder for the conference, please keep in mind that the child needs to be at least 14 years of age and accompanied by a support person, if needed.  Child care is not available.
  • By registering for this conference, you give the Autism Society of Wisconsin permission to publish photographs/video of you in promotional materials without incurring any liability to the Autism Society of Wisconsin or any photographer/videographer hired on behalf of this event.
  • On-site registration is subject to an additional $25 fee and space availability.  Handouts & conference booklets are not guaranteed. 

Click here to download the frequently asked questions form.

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Schedule at a Glance

Download the Schedule at a Glance here.


Special Conference Events

Talent Show

The Talent Show begins at 7:00 pm Friday, April 28th, 2017 in the large ballroom 1/2/3/6/7/8. This event is open to the public and designed to celebrate the talents of those on the autism spectrum.

Due to limited space, participation is accepted on a first come, first serve basis. You will be notified via email once your registration has been received. Click here to register for the Talent Show.


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In partnership with WisconSibs, the Autism Society of Wisconsin is hosting a Sibshop at the Kalahari on Saturday, April 29th from 8:00-11:00 am. This Sibshop is a special event designed for kids, ages 6-12, whose brothers or sisters have autism. A full morning of fun interactive activities combining recreation, learning, discussion, and peer support is planned. The experienced facilitators will guide Sibs through opportunities to celebrate the contributions and the challenges of having a brother or sister with autism. This Sibshop will be guided by WisconSibs Executive Director Harriet Redman and WisconSibs Sibshop Coordinator and SibDays of Summer Director Michelle Swenson.

Pre-registration is required. There is no cost to attend.

Click here to register online.

Or click here to download the form then complete it and send it in by mail. email, or fax.


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Sponsor the Conference

The Autism Society of Wisconsin offers various sponsorship opportunities for those wishing to support the conference and increase visibility of their business in the autism community. This year we’re offering even more levels to accommodate your budget. A conference sponsorship is a great way to deliver your message to our members and conference attendees.  Check out the new levels and à la carte sponsorship opportunities!

Click here to view all of the available sponsor levels & application.

Exhibit at the Conference

Commercial Exhibitors
1 table = $350.00 | 2 tables = $500

Non-Profit Service Providers
1 table = $250 | 2 tables = $350

Individuals with ASD
1 table = $60 | 2 tables = $100

Resource Table/$50
The resource table allows companies or organizations to display one or two of their printed material(s) (e.g. brochure, flyer) on a shared table.

Download the Exhibitor Prospectus to complete and return the exhibitor application by fax, mail or email.

Complete the exhibitor application online.

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Advertising Opportunities

Place an advertisement about your company's products or services in our 2017 Conference Program! This is an additional opportunity to reach individuals with ASD, parents, educators, therapists, agencies, school districts and others. Cover advertisements are filled on a first come, first served basis. Unless indicated, all advertisements are printed in black and white. Additional charges apply for color. Contact Melissa at or 920.973.6636 for more information.

Inside Front Cover - Color, 1 available
8"x10.5" = $550.

Inside Back Cover - Color, 1 available
8"x10.5" = $550.

1 page, 8" x10.5"/$400

1/2 page, 8"x5"/$250

1/4 page, 4"X5.25"/$175

Click here to begin your advertising application online.

Click to download the advertising application and print, fax, mail or email.

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Kalahari Resort Lodging Information

Lodging reservations must be made directly with the hotel at 877-253-5466.  Call in advance; only a limited number of rooms are blocked at a special rate of $109 per night for a single or $122 for a double, triple or quad room Wednesday – Friday. The rate will increase to $139 per evening for reservations on Saturday.  When making a reservation identify yourself with the Autism Society of Wisconsin room block.  Room reservation cut off date is March 27, 2017; all unconfirmed rooms will then be released to the general public. 

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Complimentary Amenities:  All overnight guests are invited to indulge in the complimentary use of  the water park and fitness center.

Parking: The Kalahari has ample parking spaces available for hotel and conference guests.

Questions? Contact Melissa at 920-973-6636 or

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Credit Options and Certificate of Participation

Those who attend any two full days of the conference are eligible for one graduate credit through Viterbo University. You can register and pay for this credit when you arrive at the conference center. Pre-requisite: Bachelor's Degree.

Certificates of Participation will be included in the conference booklet. If you need additional documentation contact the Events Coordinator at 920-973-6636 or

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