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POSTPONED! 2020 Rethinking Autism Conference: Creating ACCESS to Education

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Christian Fellowship Church

4100 Millersburg Road

Evansville, IN 47725

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Don't miss the 2020 Rethinking Autism Conference!!

***It is with great disappointment that we announce we will be postponing the 2020 Rethinking Autism Conference in light of the pandemic affecting our country. It is of our highest concern to protect the health and safety of our communities, while also keeping the sharing of good and much-needed information moving forward. Please watch for updates to come about a Rethinking Autism Webinar series we are planning! Please comment if you would be interested in participating!

Thank you to those who have supported our conference by sponsoring, registering, agreeing to present, and sharing with others! We appreciate your understanding and will continue to communicate with you as we move toward a new plan for this year’s conference.

Please stay safe and stay tuned for more announcements. #rethinkautism


This conference will celebrate the strengths of autistic students and bring forth the most up-to-date research and innovative training for professionals and families who encounter the challenges of autism.

This conference will feature internally recognized self-advocates and innovative educators, researchers and professionals who are currently finding success in the classroom and beyond with students with sensory, motor and communication differences. Participants will learn about transformational ideas, tools, and strategies for reaching and teaching ALL students. Come join us.

We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Edlyn Vallejo Peña, Chair & Associate Professor of Higher Education Leadership and Director of California Lutheran University's Autism and Communication Center. She is making a difference in national conversations about autism, inclusion, and communication. Dr. Peña will bring Saturday's keynote presentation, and share about her innovative College Bound Academy, her exciting research, and her new best-selling books. We will also enjoy a ground breaking presentation by 11 year old author and self-advocate, Diego Peña, who happens to be Dr. Peña's son.

Headshot of Dr. Edlyn Peña, smiling in a black floral dress, standing in front of a  palm tree.

Dr. Edlyn Peña is the Chair and Associate Professor of the Education Leadership doctoral program at Cal Lutheran. She is an award-winning researcher who studies ways to support educational inclusion, communication access, and college success for autistic students. As a scholar and director of the Autism and Communication Center, Dr. Peña’s service to the autism community has reached international audiences. Her edited books, “Communication Alternatives in Autism” (2019) and "Leaders Around Me" (2019) feature prominent autistic individuals who advocate for communication and inclusion rights.

Young boy, Diego, wearing blue shirt, sits next to mother, Edlyn Peña, wearing white shirt and black sweater, outside.  Both are smiling and looking toward camera.

Diego Peña is an 11 year old who attends middle school in southern California. At the age of 9, Diego published a #1 best selling book, Anatomy of Autism. His book has sold over 5,000 copies and has been translated to Spanish and Portuguese. It recently was named the #7 Best Book on Autism in the US. Diego enjoys educating teachers, professionals, and family members about ways to support students who are nonspeaking at national conferences, teacher development workshops, and school assemblies. He has been featured in multiple newspaper articles and blogs for his success as an author and advocate.

Watch this page and the event Facebook page for a full list of speakers and panelists - coming soon!

ACCESS = Assuming Competence Can Ensure Student Success

Pre-Conference Activities:

Join us for a Friday Night Fiesta with music and appetizers; an Exhibitor Fair; Champions of Inclusion Awards; and a free Movie Screening (TBA) on the evening of April 3rd, from 5:00PM - 9:00PM.

Join us to help bring evidence-based Innovation and inclusion for students with sensory-motor differences to our schools and community!!


Travel/Lodging/Accommodations

Evansville Regional Airport (EVV) offers competitive-priced connectivity to hundreds of domestic and international destinations with frequent daily flights to five top-rated, major hub cities - Atlanta, Dallas, Detroit, Charlotte and Chicago, as well as non-stop, low-cost flights to Destin and Orlando. Served by Allegiant, American Airlines, Deltaand United, Evansville Regional Airport is an easy and welcoming gateway to and from southwest Indiana, western Kentucky and eastern Illinois.


COMFORT INN & SUITES EVANSVILLE AIRPORT

3901 Highway 41 N., Evansville, IN, 47711, US

Conference Rate: $89/Night if booked by March 20.

Free Airport Shuttle / 8 min (4.5 miles) from Conference Venue

Conference Booking Link: https://www.choicehotels.com/reservations/groups/AO62G2



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Call 812-490-9401 or email admin@optimalrhythms.org

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