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Annual Conference

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The Annual Minnesota Autism Conference is where we join our voices as a passionate network to inspire hope and innovation. Here speakers, educators, paraprofessionals, therapists, psychologists, professionals, employers, caregivers, parents and individuals on the spectrum have a platform to exchange knowledge and ideas with one another - all with the goal of enhancing the lives of those touched by autism.

Exhibit, Sponsor, Advertise

When you participate as an exhibitor, sponsor or advertiser, you can expect to reach hundreds of parents; special education teachers; speech, physical and occupational therapists; mental health professionals; program managers; and direct support professionals. Click here for more information.

Conference Pricing

Activity AuSM Member Non-Member Individual with ASD
Wed. Keynote $40 $50 $10
Thurs. Keynote $40 $50 $10
Daily Rate Thurs. $105 $135 $40
Daily Rate Fri. $105 $135 $40
Late Reg. Daily Rate $130 $160 $40
Sat. Rate $20 $30 $10

Conference Keynote Speakers

James Coplan, M.D. is an internationally recognized clinician, author, and public speaker in the fields of early child development, early language development and autistic spectrum disorders. 

Patrick Schwarz, Ph.D. is a dynamic and engaging professor, author, motivational speaker and leader in inclusive education, special education, general education, educational leadership, and human services. Dr. Schwarz is co-author of four books: From Disability to Possibility, You’re Welcome, Just Give Him the Whale and Pedro’s Whale. His new book is From Possibility to Success.

John Miller is the author of Decoding Dating, A Guide to the Unwritten Social Rules of Dating for Men with Asperger Syndrome, a book that offers individuals with autism practical guidance on the more baffling aspects of dating.

Kari Dunn Buron, MS is an Autism Education Specialist who taught in the K-12 public school system, working with students on the autism spectrum for more than 30 years. Dunn Buron has authored many books and is the co-author of The Incredible 5-Point Scale.

More conference details/schedule coming soon!


celebratelogoJoin us for AuSM's inaugural gala celebration where we will bring the community together for fantastic food, drinks, games, prizes and more. Click here for more information and to reserve your tickets today.


Thank you, conference volunteers, speakers, exhibitors, participants and sponsors for supporting the 19th Annual Minnesota Autism Conference. 

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  • Minnesota's iconic storyteller opened the conference with a keynote presentation. Keillor discussed parenthood with with a panel of parents who have children with autism.
  • Following his presentation, Garrison Keillor spent more than an hour signing books for his fans.
  • Dr. Lori Ernsperger presents 6 Critical Elements for Teaching Individuals with ASD
  • A panel of adults on the spectrum share their experiences during the How to Recognize Clients with Autism session.
  • Autism Advocacy & Law Center, LLC present Autism and the Legal System for the Thursday evening keynote.
  • L. Lynn Stansberry Brusnahan discusses Meeting Common Core Standards and Building Literacy Skills in Students with ASD.
  • Rich Kargel, a Delta Airlines pilot, shares info about the Navigating Autism program.
  • Lionsgate Academy surprised and wowed the crowd with their "Born This Way" flash mob during Friday's lunch.