8:00 AM - 6:30 PM · Regency Foyer - Ballroom Level

Registration Open

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM · Congressional - Meeting Room Level

BCBA Pre-Conference Morning Session (Additional Cost)

Leianne Branco
Anne Holmes

With the emerging research on how trauma impacts
the mental health of individuals with ASD, teachers and
clinicians need to understand how trauma can present
in a student with ASD. This presentation will highlight
the symptomatology of both and focus on designing
strategies and supports that match the unique needs
of students with ASD and trauma. Approaches to
acquiring teacher “buy in” will be emphasized.

Click here to download the presentation for the BCBA Pre-Conference Morning Session

**This session approved for 3 CEU Hours**

Files: ASD Complicated by Trauma

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9:00 AM - 8:30 PM · Regency Annex - Ballroom Level

Quiet Room

Visit the Quiet Room if you need to take a break, get away for a moment or avoid overload.

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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM · Cabinet/Judiciary - Meeting Room Level

Affiliate Day

Open to current affiliate leaders only.

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12:00 - 1:00 PM · On Your Own

BCBA Pre-Conference Lunch Break

1:00 - 4:30 PM · Old Georgetown - Meeting Room Level

Self Advocate Pre-Conference Session (Additional Cost)

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1:00 - 1:15 PM

Welcome

Welcome from Autism Society's Panel of Spectrum Advisers Representative

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1:15 - 2:30 PM

Effective Self-Advocacy Skills - A Workshop for People on the Autism Spectrum

Stephen Shore

This session will build on a foundation of selfunderstanding of what it means to be autistic for the
individual. Participants will gain practical solutions for
engaging in effective self-advocacy, through a three
step approach:
1. Awareness of environmental, cognitive, or socially
based challenges.
2. Developing and implementing an advocacy plan
3. Disclosure, or tell the reason why an accommodation
or greater understanding is needed.

Click here to download the presentation for the Effective Self-Advocacy Skills - A Workshop for People on the Autism Spectrum session

Files: Effective Self Advocacy Skills

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2:30 - 2:45 PM

Break/Networking

2:45 - 4:00 PM

Think Work-Disability Employment Policy 101

Nicole LeBlanc

This session will cover strategies to advance
employment policies for people with I/DD at all levels. It
will cover tips on how to pivot and counter the narrative
that competitive integrated employment is for some
Not for All. When given the right support anyone can
work and live in the community. Advocates will come
away with solutions on how to eliminate barriers to
employment for adults with I/DD, ways to address
benefit cliffs, role of self-advocacy on increasing
opportunities for competitive integrated employment
and phasing out subminimum wage and non-integrated
work centers.

Click here to download the Policy Guide

Click here to download Real Work for Real Pay

Click here to download How Work Affects Benefits

Click here to download SARTAC PROJECT

Files: Policy GuideReal Work for PlayHow Work Affects BenefitsSARTAC Project

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4:00 - 4:30 PM

Hotel Tour

1:15 - 4:15 PM · Congressional - Meeting Room Level

BCBA Pre-Conference Afternoon Session (Additional Cost)

Leianne Branco
Anne Holmes

With the emerging research on how trauma impacts
the mental health of individuals with ASD, teachers and
clinicians need to understand how trauma can present
in a student with ASD. This presentation will highlight
the symptomatology of both and focus on designing
strategies and supports that match the unique needs
of students with ASD and trauma. Approaches to
acquiring teacher “buy in” will be emphasized.

**This session approved for 3 CEU Hours**

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6:30 - 8:30 PM · Regency Ballroom - Ballroom Level

Welcome Reception

Included in registration and open to all attendees.
Special performance by Zayne Harshaw and Jake Sizemore.

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8:00 AM - 4:30 PM · Regency Foyer - Ballroom Level

Registration Open

8:00 AM - 5:30 PM · Regency Annex - Ballroom Level

Quiet Room

Visit the Quiet Room if you need to take a break, get away for a moment or avoid overload.

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8:30 - 9:45 AM · Cabinet - Meeting Room Level

Public Policy Track: Budget and Appropriations

Kris Steinmetz - Moderator · Autism Society of Maine

How will federal programs supporting people with
autism fare in this year’s budget and appropriations
process? Learn steps to take to advocate for adequate
funding for programs important to people with autism.

Click here to download Fiscal Policy

Click here to download Public Policy

Files: Public PolicyFiscal Policy

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8:30 - 9:45 AM · Judiciary - Meeting Room Level

When Love is Not Enough, The Time when Residential Placement means success for your Loved Ones

William Cannata, Jr.
Lisa Rego
Claudia Swiader

This session is a parent panel of adults who require
high levels of intensive support to speak on their loved
ones’ journeys to assure that they have the opportunity
for success both in the community and at home. The
rocky roads each family traveled and continues to travel
while staying focused on achieving best outcomes for
their loved ones.

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8:30 - 9:45 AM · Old Georgetown/Congressional - Meeting Room Level

You Can’t Make Me! Pro-Active Strategies for Positive Behavior Change

Jim Ball

Board Certified Board Analyst (BCBA) Session - Earn 1 CEUs

This presentation will discuss the 7 evidence
based strategies, described in Jim Ball’s book, Early
Intervention: Real Life Questions, Real Life Answers,
that have been proven the most effective in teaching
students and adults with an autism spectrum disorder.
It will focus on teaching specific skills, reducing
challenging behaviors, and building an effective school
based or adult services program as outlined in the
book, You Can’t Make Me: Proactive Strategies for
Positive Behavioral Change.

**This session approved for 1 CEU Hour**

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8:30 - 9:45 AM · Susquehanna/Severn/Potomac - Meeting Room Level

The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation 2019 Leader in Adult Autism Kerry Magro: Autism Does Not Define Me!

Kerry Magro

In this presentation you will hear about the successes
and challenges of a man on the autism spectrum who
was nonverbal till 2.5 and today is a professional
speaker, best-selling author, nonprofit CEO and founder
of the popular Facebook Page ‘A Special Community’.
Kerry will break down his early intervention services,
tools for sensory challenges, education and mentoring,
the power of acceptance and positivity, bullying
prevention and ultimately what helped him find his
voice in the autism community.

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10:15 - 11:30 AM · Cabinet - Meeting Room Level

Public Policy Track: Health and Home and Community Based Services and Supports

Autism Society’s coalition partners explore federal policy developments related to health and services that support community living, including Medicaid, Social Security, Lifespan Respite Care Act, Affordable Care Act, and New health and long term services bills.

Click here to download ARC Presentation

Click here to download Lifespan Respite Presentation

Files: The Arc PresentationARCH - Lifespan Respite Care

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10:15 - 11:30 AM · Judiciary - Meeting Room Level

ASD: What You Need to Know About the Criminal Justice System

Carol Weinman

This session identifies at-risk behaviors common
to ASD that result in arrests, and how to better
understand the reasons for them. Also covered is the
current state of criminal law and autism, what work
is needed for improvement, and a vision for how it
could look in the future. The session also presents the
perspective of criminal courts and prosecutors towards
those with ASD. Pointers are given on how best to
avoid being the target of a criminal investigation or
arrest for parents and individuals with ASD. Those
with ASD and their families are presented with specific
steps to take from early childhood through adulthood to
inhibit the likelihood of committing a criminal offense.
Recommendations are offered to educators on how
to avert enlisting police officers for what appear to be
alarming behaviors in students with ASD.

Click here to download ASD: Criminal Justice System Presentation

Files: ASD: Criminal Justice System

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10:15 - 11:30 AM · Old Georgetown/Congressional - Meeting Room Level

How To: Create a Special Needs Plan that Allows Your Child to Live a Purposeful and Impactful Life

Phillip Clark

In this interactive session, we will share three changes
to Special Needs Planning, provide information on the
five essential areas of Special Needs Planning (Vision,
Life, Resource, Financial, Legal), and demonstrate
how to create a plan that enables individuals to live a
purposeful life that aligns with your vision and allows
you to successfully navigate the years ahead. You will
leave this session with the tips and tools you need
to create a flexible plan that can adjust in a rapidly
advancing world.

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10:15 - 11:30 AM · Susquehanna/Severn/Potomac - Meeting Room Level

Supporting Students with Co-Occurring Mental Health and ASD

Cathy Pratt

Using a case study approach, this session will discuss
how ABA strategies were used to support a students
with complex challenges. This session will also
highlight community support options and needs.

Click here to download Supporting Students Presentation

**This session approved for 1 CEU Hour**

Files: Supporting Students

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12:00 - 2:00 PM · Regency Ballroom - Ballroom Level

Keynote Luncheon: The Unexpected Gift of Music with Special Performance by Special Performance by Zayne Harshaw!

Gwendolyn Harshaw
Zayne Harshaw
Joe Joyce

We are pleased to announce our Keynote Speaker, Gwendolyn Harshaw, with a Special Performance by her son Zayne Harshaw!

At 4 years old he was diagnosed with autism. Gwen will share how they found strength through Zayne’s gifts instead of focusing on his weaknesses.

Today, Zayne is a member of the band Blue Spectrum which has 2 other autistic members.

He taught himself to play the guitar. Music has really transformed him from a painfully shy boy to an extremely confIdent musician.

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2:30 - 3:45 PM · Cabinet - Meeting Room Level

Public Policy Track: Federal Education And Employment Policies

National experts discuss IDEA, Higher Education Reauthorization, Every Student Succeeds Act implementation, and legislation to increase competitive integrated employment and transition services.

Files: NDRN PresentationCPR Federal Disability Employment Policy

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2:30 - 3:45 PM · Judiciary - Meeting Room Level

Mass Mutual Special Care: 10 Basic Financial Steps for Special Needs Caregivers

Steve Hodson

This session will discuss 10 basic steps to help
caregivers get started in preparing for the financial
future of their dependent with special needs. It will
address critical issues as applying for government
benefits for Social Security and Medicaid, creating
a Special Needs Trust, the importance of a Will and
considering a Letter of Intent. Taking these 10 basic
steps now can help ensure the type of care and quality
of life for a loved one’s well-being today and tomorrow.

Click here to download Mass Mutual 10 Basic Steps Presentation

Files: Mass Mutual 10 Basic Steps

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2:30 - 3:45 PM · Old Georgetown/Congressional - Meeting Room Level

Under The Rainbow and On The Autism Spectrum: A Panel Conversation

Lydia Brown
Tom Cox
Elizabeth Graham
Kris Guin
Lindsey Nebeker - Moderator

This panel will create a clearer understanding of the
intersection of ASD and LGBTQ+ to reinforce the idea
that those who identify as autistic and LGBTQ+ are
humans too. Just like nearly everyone else, we desire
acknowledgement, acceptance, human connection,
respect and validation. Our panelists will share their
stories on how each found their own personal identity.
We will also discuss how one who identifies as
neurodiverse and LGBTQ+ may navigate issues with
advocacy, disclosure, healthcare (including mental
health), employment, relationships, understanding
privilege, and self-empowerment.

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2:30 - 3:45 PM · Susquehanna/Severn/Potomac - Meeting Room Level

Meaningful Inclusion of Students with Autism in the Music Curriculum

Stephen Shore

This session focuses on meaningful inclusion of children
with autism and other disabilities in learning to play
instruments, participate in ensembles, and in general
music class using techniques applicable to all learners.
Music as THE means of communication, organizing
verbal communication skills, and addressing challenges
in the motoric, social, representation, and other areas
are explored. Participants will gain practical solutions
for educating students with autism in the music
curriculum.

Click here to download Meaning Inclusion Presentation

Files: Meaningful Inclusion

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4:15 - 5:30 PM · Cabinet - Meeting Room Level

Public Policy Track: Autism CARES Act Reauthorization

The Autism CARES Act will expire September 30, 2019 if it is not reauthorized. Federal legislative staff and other stakeholders discuss the law’s impact and plans for the reauthorization.

Click here to download Autism Cares Presentation

Files: Autism CARES

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4:15 - 5:30 PM · Judiciary - Meeting Room Level

The Safety of Persons with Autism and the Role of the Behavior Analyst

Jack Scott

This session will focus on three major elements. First,
the high risk status of persons with autism with a focus
on children with autism. In light of these risks, we will
look at behavior analytic responses for addressing these
risks. We will examine interventions for elopement,
pica and ingestion of poisons, car seat refusal and
disruptive behavior in vehicles, and a host of other
dangerous behaviors. Finally, we will consider initial
and ongoing assessment of risk status as both a guide
to intervention and as a way to ensure the safety of the
child during the times they are working with behavioral
professionals.

Click here to download The Safety of Persons with Autism Presentation

**This session approved for 1 CEU Hour**

Files: The Safety of Persons with Autism

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4:15 - 5:30 PM · Old Georgetown/Congressional - Meeting Room Level

Challenging Behavior Management

Amy Laurent
Stephen Shore

This session will reframe our understanding of
challenging behaviors by examining underlying and
contributing risk factors inherent for autistic individuals
such as sensory processing differences, challenges in
social interaction/understanding, executive functioning
difficulties, and communication differences. This
presentation represents a neurodiverse/neurotypical
collaboration. As such, autistic and ally perspectives
will be presented throughout the talk.

Click here to download Challenging Behavior Mgmt Presentation

Files: Challenging Behavior Mgmt

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4:15 - 5:30 PM · Susquehanna/Severn/Potomac - Meeting Room Level

Enhancing Access to Employment for Autistic Youth and Adults: Driving Inclusive Apprenticeship and Career Development

Scott Robertson

This session will discuss approaches and best to
promising practices to improve access to employment
for autistic people and support access to workplace
accommodations, including accessible technology. The
presenter will share activities in the U.S. Department of
Labor’s (DOL) Office of Disability Employment Policy
(ODEP) to enhance national autism policy, expand
employment opportunities, and support neurodiversity
in the workplace.

Click here to download Enhancing Access to Employment Presentation

Files: Enhancing Access to Employment

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9:00 - 10:00 AM · Dirksen Senate Office Building 106

Breakfast with Members of Congress and Staff

Joe Joyce

The following Members of Congress have been invited:
Senator Tim Scott (R-SC)
Marco Rubio (R-FL)
Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) - confirmed
Senator Susan Collins (R-AK)
Senator Menendez (D-NJ)
Senator Casey (D-PA)
Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) – confirmed 10:20
Pete Stauber (R-MN) - confirmed
Representative Smith (R-NJ)
Representative Doyle (D-NJ)
Representative Seth Moulton (D-MA)

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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Congressional visits all day on Capitol Hill

Please see the Day on the
Hill packet included in your
registration bag for important
information on transportation
to Capitol Hill, attire for Day
on the Hill, Hill etiquette,
and security procedures for
Congressional buildings and
the United States Capitol
Building.

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