A conference for professionals and families touched by autism

The 2017 conference featured keynote speakers Ron Suskind, author of Life, Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes, and Autism and Antonio Hardan, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Stanford University Medical Center.

Ron SuskindPresented by Johnson County Community College (JCCC) and KU’s Kansas Center for Autism Research and Training (K-CART)

Suskind’s book examines his family’s 20-year struggle with youngest son Owen’s autism. Hardan, professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, will present Translational Research in Autism Spectrum Disorder.

In addition to the keynote presentations, sessions and workshops were presented during the conference to address the needs of families, rehabilitation professionals, service providers and educators.

Program subjects included behavioral supports/social skills, early childhood, employment, community living, transition, and research and information.

All sessions, conducted by nationally known researchers, KU researchers and faculty, and regional experts from several different fields, provided practical, informative counsel designed to encourage and enlighten anyone working with or caring for toddlers, school-age children, teenagers or adults with ASD.

Among the sessions offered, topics included early intervention strategies, functional behavior assessment, positive behavioral supports, updates on medications, promoting social competence for young adults and adolescents with ASD, employment and ASD, and independent living for young adults with ASD.

Antonio Hardan, M.D.Facilitators were professionals who have worked toward finding evidence-based solutions or were experienced practitioners, employers, parents or program directors from government and consumer organizations.