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Savannah, GA 31401

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Join Us for the 2018 Autism Conference Friday, March 2nd, 2018 in beautiful Savannah!

This conference offers information that focuses on supports, tools, and practicle strategies for individuals with ASD, their families, and educators.

Purpose: To strengthen supports throughout the lives of individuals with autism. To pave way for neurodiversity both in education, workplace, and life.


KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Lydia X.Z. Brown Photo: Lydia Brown, a young East Asian person wearing navy blue suit and retro-patterned necktie, smiling. Photo by Rachel Mondragon, February 2017, Denver, Colorado.][Photo: Lydia Brown, a young East Asian person wearing navy blue suit and retro-patterned necktie, smiling. Photo by Rachel Mondragon, February 2017, Denver, Colorado.]

Lydia X. Z. Brown is an advocate, organizer, and writer whose work has focused on violence against disabled people in schools, institutions, prisons, and by police. They have especially worked to support disabled people at many margins, including people of color with disabilities and LGBTQ+ people with disabilities. They have worked to transform systems and change the culture through community organizing, public speaking and peer training, policy advocacy, and challenging status quo. Lydia is the lead editor along with Morénike Giwa Onaiwu and E. Ashkenazy of All the Weight of Our Dreams, the first-ever anthology by autistic people of color.

Lydia is a Visiting Lecturer at Tufts University, where they designed and teach a course on disability and intersectional social movements. They are also a founding board member of the Alliance for Citizen-Directed Supports, which advocates for all people with disabilities to have full community integration and control over their services. They are part of the Autism Women’s Network board and the National Disability Leadership Alliance’s task force on racism in disability advocacy. Additionally, Lydia served as Chairperson of the Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council from 2015 to 2017. Lydia has been honored by the White House, Washington Peace Center, National Council on Independent Living, Disability Policy Consortium, and National Association for Law Placement Public Service Jobs Directory. Their work has been featured in numerous community, academic, and news media, and they blog at Autistic Hoya.


Other Speakers Include:

Daniel Wendler is the author of “Improve Your Social Skills,” and a doctoral student in clinical psychology at George Fox University. After being diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome in high school, Daniel started teaching himself social skills the same way one might learn a foreign language. His TEDx talk, “My Life With Asperger’s” has been viewed over 325,000 times.

Scott Kramer is from Rossville, Georgia by the Georgia/Tennessee state line in Northwest Georgia. After being diagnosed officially on the autism spectrum in 2007, Scott received written documentation of his autism diagnosis in 2010. A few months after receiving his documentation, Scott founded GCA Centre for Adult Autism | Southeast USA as an adults-only support group. This continued until 2015, when Scott started another support group in North Georgia in the Dalton area.

Scott founded the Inaugural Tri-State Adult Autism Symposium in 2016, after a search online mentioned two other type of events that take place around the world. In 2017, the Symposium became the first autism conference east of the Mississippi River to fully focus on adult autism issues (employment, independent living, social relationships/skills, and health & wellness). After receiving overwhelming positive response from that conference in July 2017, GCA is in the planning stages for the 2nd Annual Southeast Adult Autism Symposium. That conference will be taking place in Chattanooga in July 2018.

Jennifer Phillips, M.Ed, LCSW, is currently the Director of Professional Learning at Mid-Valley Special Education Cooperative in St. Charles, IL. She provides professional learning and coaching support to school staff in the areas of classroom management, student engagement, autism, functional behavior assessment/behavior intervention planning, and multi-tiered system of supports. She has worked to build staff capacity to support diverse learners within the general education setting and has supported this work at the state, district, building, and classroom level. Mrs. Phillips is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has her Masters in Educational Leadership.

Rachel Seaman, Ph.D., BCBA-D is a post-doctoral fellow at the Emory Autism Center. She received her doctorate in Special Education and Applied Behavior Analysis from the Ohio State University, and has published and presented extensively in the areas of educator training, video prompting, and employment supports for individuals with ASD. Her primary role at the Emory Autism Center includes school-based consultation, transition assessments, development of research protocols and evaluation of transition curriculae.

Suzette Rosario, M.S., BCBA


For more information please visit: 2018autismconference.com

Up to 0.6 Continuing Education Units (or 6 contact hours) will be available pending approval through Georgia Southern University.

If you require CEU certificate, please choose CEU Certificate under "additional items" when you check out. This will be located at the bottom of the screen on the check out page. CEU certificates are $20.

IF PAYING BY CHECK: Indicate "Pay by Check" in the payment field and complete registration. Checks can be mailed to:

Matthew Reardon Center for Autism

P.O. Box 14669

Savannah, GA 31416

Educators/Professionals: Districts requiring something in print in order to submit payment? Select pay by check, print out the registration confirmation and bring it to your district as proof of purchase. Contact eroma@matthewreardon.org for further questions.

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