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Annual Conference

MN-Autism-conference logo w date v1Thank you to all of our sponsors, exhibitors, expert speakers, volunteers, and participants who attended the 21st Annual Minnesota Autism Conference April 27-30. The conference offered more than 35 educational sessions, a full room of more than 30 exhibitors offering products and services for the autism community, and peer networking opportunities. Session participants learned about the latest autism research, how to better support individuals with autism, how to realize and appreciate the gifts of each unique person, twice exceptional students, positive behavior supports, and so much more. 

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  • AuSM at the DoubleTree in St. Louis Park for the 21st Annual Minnesota Autism Conference.
  • The AuSM Bookstore was a popular destination during AuSM's conference.
  • Wednesday evening keynote speakers, Amy Esler, Jason Wolff, and Jed Ellison, present "Unlocking the Brain: How Autism Research Is Increasing Early Intervention".
  • Thursday morning's keynote session, "First Do No Harm", was presented by Glenis Benson, PhD.
  • Authors Diane Kennedy and Rebecca Banks Cull on WCCO's noon news talking about their keynote presentation, "Bright, Not Broken: Ensuring the Best Future for Our Brightest Minds."
  • Rebecca Banks Cull and Diane Kennedy present "Bright Not Broken" for Thursday evening's keynote session.
  • Barry Prizant, PhD presents "Uniquely Human: A Different Way of Seeing Autism" to a full ballroom. Prizant discussed the importance of building and nurturing a sense of identity in people with autism.
  • AuSM's second annual gala celebration featured fantastic food, drinks, games of chance and mystery, and a silent auction. Guests also celebrated five individuals in our community who serve as true inspirations: Sherrie Kenny, Kari Dunn Buron, Dawn Steigauf, Grace Pierce, and Brenda Karpen.

Conference Quick Links

Presentation Handouts (Available until May 15, 2016.)
Thank you, Exhibitors