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2018ConfLogowebSave the dates for the Autism Society of Minnesota's 23rd Annual Minnesota Autism Conference April 25-28, 2018!

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Minneapolis - Park Place
1500 Park Pl. Blvd.
Minneapolis, MN 55416

Special thanks to overall conference sponsor, Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes. 


 2018 Conference Keynote Speakers


Wednesday, April 25 7-9 p.m.
Frank Campagna, sponsored by Fraser
"Things No One Ever Told Me After My Son Was Diagnosed With Autism" 
Learn, in a humorous way, how to be a great special needs parent without losing your former self in the process. "Autism Daddy" will talk about some of the important things that can sometimes fall through the cracks when you're caring for someone with special needs, and he will cover topcis including: "You're Allowed To Be Mad", "You're Going to Get Advice From Everyone", and "Stop Googling Everything".

Frank Campagna (aka "Autism Daddy"), father of a 14-year-old son with autism, has been riding the special needs roller-coaster for over 12 years, writes about his experiences, and has become a social media sensation with his blog and Facebook page. His claim to fame is giving people a realistic, non sugar-coated look at the world inside an autism household. Campagna also has worked at the Sesame Street Workshop for the past 23 years, and worked closely on their recent autism initiative, Sesame Street & Autism: See Amazing in All Children.

Thursday, April 26, 8-10 a.m., and continued session during breakouts
Jed Baker, PhD sponsored by Rosenberg Center

Jed Baker is the director of the Social Skills Training Project, a private organization serving individuals with autism and social communication problems. He also directs social skills training for Millburn Public Schools in New Jersey. He is on the professional advisory board of Autism Today, ASPEN, ANSWER, YAI, the Kelberman Center, and several other autism organizations. In addition, Dr. Baker is an award-winning author, a lecturer, and he provides training internationally on the topics of social skills training and managing challenging behaviors.

Thursday, April 26, 7-9 p.m.
Stephen Shore, PhD sponsored by Minnesota Life College
Developing an Understanding of the Hidden Curriculum for Learners on the Autism Spectrum: A Lifespan Approach
When is it appropriate to talk in class? How does one act when hanging out with friends, in school, or in the library? Is there a way to reckon with the fact that the "lunch hour" at work is only 30 minutes? Most people automatically know the answers to these questions and many like them through observations of social interaction. However, the ability to infer proper social interaction through observation is often impaired in people with autism. Examine Power Cards, Social Stories by Carol Gray, emotional thermometers, and mnemonic devices such as Stop, Observe, Deliberate, and Act, and other strategies for providing practical solutions to the problems of teaching appropriate social interaction to people on the autism spectrum and developing skills in executive functioning. In taking a strength-based approach, the common theme between these and other related educational devices is that these techniques employ the often considerable cognitive and analytical powers of people on the autism spectrum.

Nonverbal until age 4 and diagnosed with "atypical Development and strong autistic tendencies" and "too sick" for outpatient treatment, Dr. Shore was recommended for institutionalization. With support from his parents, teachers, wife, and others, Dr. Shore now is a professor at Adelphi University where his research focuses on matching best practice to the needs of people with autism. Dr. Shore is internationally renowned for presentations, consultations, and writings on lifespan issues pertinent to education, relationships, employment, advocacy, and disclosure. His most recent book, College for Students with Disabilities, combines personal stories and research for promoting success in higher education.

Friday April 27, 8-10 a.m.
Leah Kuypers sponsored by St. David’s Center for Child and Family Development
Zones of Regulation

Leah Kuypers earned a Bachelors of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a Graduate Certificate in Autism, and a Master of Arts in Education from Hamline University. She has practiced as an OT/autism specialist in school and clinical settings, specializing in self-regulation and social learning, and has worked with students of all ages and challenges, including anxiety, ADHD, and ASD. Kuypers created The Zones of Regulation® (www.zonesofregulation.com), a framework designed to teach self-regulation, and is author of the book and two apps by same name (2011, Social Thinking Publishing; 2013, 2016 Selosoft, Inc). In addition to working with students, she provides trainings and consultation to parents and professionals on self-regulation and challenging behavior, and also conducts workshops on the Zones to groups across North America.

Friday's lunch sponsor is Autism Advocacy & Law Center, LLC.

23rd Annual Minnesota Autism Conference Pricing

 Full Conference By April 10 After April 10 
 AuSM Member  $290  $315
 Non-Member  $370  $395
 Person with ASD  $80  $85 


 Wed Eve Keynote By April 10 After April 10 
 AuSM Member  $45  $55
 Non-Member  $55  $65
 Person with ASD  $15  $20 


 Thurs All Day By April 10 After April 10 
 AuSM Member  $90  $115
 Non-Member  $120  $145
 Person with ASD  $25  $30 


 Thurs Eve Keynote By April 10 After April 10 
 AuSM Member  $45  $55
 Non-Member  $55  $65
 Person with ASD  $15  $20 


 Fri All Day By April 10 After April 10 
 AuSM Member  $90  $115
 Non-Member  $120  $145
 Person with ASD  $25  $30


 Sat Half Day By April 10 After April 10 
 AuSM Member  $45  $55
 Non-Member  $55  $65
 Person with ASD  $15  $20

Exhibit, Sponsor, Advertise at the 23rd Annual Minnesota Autism Conference

The Minnesota Autism Conference is where we join our voices as a passionate network to inspire hope and innovation. Here, expert speakers, educators, professionals, caregivers, and individuals with autism have a platform to exchange knowledge and ideas with one another - all with the goal of enhancing the lives of those touched by autism. Reach the Minnesota autism community by sponsoring, exhibiting, and/or advertising during the conference. Click here for more information.