Conference News Update!

We have exciting changes in store for our conference and have decided to push the October date to the spring. Save the date for March 3, 2017! Stay tuned for more news on speakers and programs that will be a part of this wonderful event for our community!

Johnson County Community College (JCCC) and KU’s Kansas Center for Autism Research and Training (K-CART) are proud to present “Beyond the Diagnosis: Autism Across the Life Span.”

This conference – at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kan. – is designed for professionals and families touched by autism. Several dozen sessions and workshops will be presented during the conference to address the needs of families, rehabilitation professionals, service providers and educators.

Last year’s keynote speakers were:

Kathy Koenig MSN, APRN
Associate Research Scientist in the Child Study Center; Clinical Nurse Specialist in Psychiatry; Director, Initiative for Girls and Women with Autism Spectrum Disorders

LeAnn Smith, PhD
Associate Scientist, Waisman Center, University of Wisconsin

Program subjects include:

  • Behavioral Supports/Social Skills
  • Early Childhood
  • Employment
  • Community Living
  • Transition
  • Research and Information

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

Among the dozens of sessions offered, topics include:

  • 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
  • Independent Living for Young Adults with ASD

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