Autism Society of Wisconsin




Register for the Conference

It is highly recommended that you pre-register for the conference. Our General Registration rates will be available until March 18, 2016. After March 18, you may register on-site at the Conference, at an additional rate.

Click here to download the Conference Registration form

Click here to register online.

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Registration is now open for the 2016 Talent Show!  Individuals with autism interested in participating are encouraged to submit their online registrations today!  Due to limited space, participation is offered on a first come, first served basis.
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We strongly encourage reviewing the FAQ document below, which addresses important information on conference rates, the hotel room block, and more.
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Preconference Workshop, April 7
Robert Pennington, Ph.D BCBA-D
Creating a Climate for Competency:  An Instructional Approach to Challenging Behavior

Challenging behavior serves as one of the greatest barriers to the access of a range of important contexts by learners with intellectual disabilities and autism spectrum disorders. In this fun and engaging workshop, participants learn how to design programs that build critical skills while reducing individuals’ need to engage in problem behavior. Participants will learn key elements of functional assessment, how to design instructional programs and behavior intervention plans, and how to deliver staff training. In addition, we will emphasize the role of communication in behavioral assessment and teach participants how to design programs that incorporate functional communication training.

Keynote Address, April 8
Barry Prizant, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Uniquely Human- A Different Way of Seeing Autism

Autism is usually portrayed as a checklist of deficits, including difficulties interacting socially, problems in communicating, sensory challenges, and repetitive behavior patterns. This perspective leads to therapies focused on ridding individuals of “autistic” symptoms. Now Dr. Barry M. Prizant, an internationally renowned autism expert, offers a new and compelling paradigm: the most successful approaches to autism don’t aim at fixing a person by eliminating symptoms, but rather seeking to understand the individual’s experience and what underlies the behavior.
In Uniquely Human, Dr. Prizant suggests a major shift in understanding autism: Instead of classifying “autistic” behaviors as signs of pathology, he sees them as part of a range of strategies to cope with a world that feels chaotic and overwhelming. Rather than curb these behaviors, it’s better to enhance abilities, build on strengths, and offer supports that will naturally lead to more desirable behavior and a better quality of life. In fact, argues Dr. Prizant, attempts to eliminate “autistic” behaviors may actually interfere with important developmental processes.

Keynote Address, April 9
Amy Vaughan Van Hecke, Ph.D
Examining Neuroplasticity in ASD: Response to Evidence-Based Intervention and Indicators of Mental Health

Many intervention and therapy programs available today, for people with and without ASD, report to change the brain.  But how true are these claims?  This talk will examine the research evidence for neuroplasticity due to evidence-based interventions for ASD.  Connections will be drawn between neural changes and changes in mood and mental health, as an overall indicator of increased quality of life due to effective therapies.

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Click here to download the Conference Program

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1 table/$350.00

2 tables/$500.00


1 table/$250.00

2 tables/$350.00

Individual with Autism

1 table/$60.00

2 tables/$100.00

Click here for an online Exhibitor Application form.

Click here to download a fillable Exhibitor Application form.

Unable to attend the conference?  Join the Resource Information Table for only $50.00. This is reserved for companies or organizations who would like to display their materials on a shared table. Materials must be shipped 2 weeks in advance, at your own expense to: Autism Society of Wisconsin, P.O. Box 66, De Pere, WI 54115.

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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.

Click here to complete an online Sponsorship.

Click here to download a fillable Sponsorship form.

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Place an advertisement about your company's products and/or services in our 2016 Conference Program. This is an additional opportunity to reach individuals with ASD, parents, educators, therapists, agencies, school districts and others, making them aware of the services you provide.  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.

1 Page


8"w x 10.5"h

1/2 Page


8"w x 5"h

1/4 Page


4"w x 5.25"h

Click here to purchase an advertisement in the conference booklet online.

Click here to download a fillable Advertising form.

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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 send this sheet in as proof of attendance, along with payment after the conference. Certificates of Attendance will be provided after receipt of documentation and payment.  Sessions eligible for BCBA credit are identified with an (*) in the session descriptions in the conference program.

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