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SFASA 2018 Conference: Spectrum of Choice for Adults with Autism/DD

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Saturday, November 17, 2018 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (PST)

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Full Day, 8-5
Coffee and lunch included.
Sold Out 2d 15h 39m $75.00 $4.22
Afternoon Only, 1-5
Ticket valid 1-5pm. Includes coffee and tea, no lunch.
36 Tickets 2d 15h 39m $35.00 $2.82
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​What: SFASA's annual all-day conferences are aimed at the informational needs of parents, caregivers and professionals who have responsibility to support and help make plans for teens and adults with autism or related developmental disabilities. Featuring more than 50 speakers and 400+ attendees.

When: Saturday, November 17, 2018, 8am-5pm

Where: The event takes place at the beautiful, state-of-the-art Li Ka Shing Center, 291 Campus Drive, Stanford University, near the Medical Center. Please note that parking is located about 10 minutes from the Center, in lot L18 off Welch Road (parking is free at Stanford on Saturdays). Handicap spots are available in front of LKS, off Campus Drive. Registrants will receive detailed information before the event.

What's the conference like? Mainstage sessions in the large conference room, with 30+ breakouts in the classrooms and lecture halls within the building. The day is packed with information, and also features information tables hosted by sponsors. Coffee and bag lunch are provided for full-day ticket holders. For archives of past conferences see here.

Will it be taped? The mainstage sessions will be recorded and available for viewing following the event.

Livestream and translation of mainstage sessions: 
English livestream:
Spanish livestream:

Spanish audio stream: (319) 527-4192

Cost? Full-day tickets (8am-5pm) are $75 and include coffee and lunch; Afternoon passes (1-5pm) are $35 and include coffee. No ticket sales at the door, pre-registration is required.

Will it sell out?  All four of our past SFASA conferences have sold out. Please don't wait until the last minute.

What time should I arrive? If you registered for the full day please arrive between 8 and 8.15am. If you registered for the afternoon pass, please arrive at 1pm. Either way, please allow 10 minutes to park and walk from the lot to the LKS building. See the map at our official event page here.

What should I bring? An ID for registration, paper and pen to take notes, a phone (and charger) for Spanish translation if needed, water bottle, and a tote bag for papers. If you'd like to purchase any SFASA logo items, bring some cash (about $3-$10 each).

Accommodations: Regrets but SFASA does not provide advice regarding hotels or travel.

Can I volunteer? Yes! The conference is a labor-of-love volunteer-run event and we always appreciate help. Duties include still photography, time keeping, breakout room assistance, sponsorship calls, and more. Just email us at

Comments or questions? Please email us at


Summary of Program (More details will be posted at official event page here)

Registration, 8am

Mainstage Keynote Panel, 8.30am:

  • Living in Community: Leading voices from around the country discuss residential options designed specifically to enrich the lives of adults with developmental disabilites: Jim Whittaker, Arc of Jacksonville, FL; Ashley Kim, Elevare Community, moderator; James Stacey and Scott McAvoy, Marbridge, TX; Krista Mason, Benjamin’s Hope, MI; Aaron Vorell, Casa de Amma, CA; Richard Neal, Camphill Village, NY

Mainstage panel, 10.30am:

  • Bay Area Regional Center Directors ForumJavier Zaldivar, SARC,​ Eric Zigman, GGRC, Lisa Kleinbub, RCEB, Gabriel Rogin, NBRC

Lecture hall session, 10.30am:

  • Transition and Services for Non Regional Center Clients, with Jan Johnston-Tyler

More than 12 lunch discussion groups on various topics will be offered, 12:15-1:15pm

Mainstage panel, 1.15pm

  • Flash Talks on Enriching Our CommunityOlenka Villarreal and Jill Asher with a Magical Bridge update; Lawrence Fung on Stanford’s neurodiversity initiative; the Wall Lab on GapMap; Monkey Tail Ranch on service dogs for autism; leaders of California Siblings Leadership Network; Kate Movius, LA Found, on wandering and elopement

Mainstage panel, 2.25pm

  • Housing Options for Adults with Challenging Behaviors, with Jeff Darling, SARC, Heidi Morgan, PhD, BCBA-D, Doug Pascover, Imagine SLS, Krista Mason, Benjamin's Hope, and a rep from DDS

Mainstage panel, 3.50pm

  • Innovations in Employment for Adults with Autism/DDs, with David Grady, SCDD, Katherine Sanders, SARC, Gina Ireland, Extraordinary Ventures, Andy Aczel, Specialists Guild, Jim Whitaker, Arc of Jacksonville, and Anna Wang, FCSN

Afternoon lecture hall sessions include:

  • Gynecology, Birth Control and Hormonal Medications for Women with Autism/DDs, with Michael Policar, MD, UCSF
  • Accessory Dwelling Units: an Emerging Housing Option for Adults with Autism and Developmental Disabilities, chaired by Jan Stokley, Housing Choices

  • Closing the Cannabis Gap: Epidiolex and Cannabidiol, chaired by Lawrence Fung, MD, PhD, Stanford
  • Special Needs Trusts, SSI, and Conservatorship 101, with Lorna Drope, JD
  • Legal and financial planning topics, with sessions by Jon Elfin, Kevin Urbatsch, and Ken Prodger
Afternoon breakout sessions include:
  • More on housing models
  • Spanish language sessions on transition topics
  • Mindfulness skills for parents, with Linda Lotspeich, MD, Stanford
  • Person-centered planning, with Ethan Robinson, Greater Opportunities
  • Service dogs for teens and adults with autism, with Monkey Tail Ranch
  • And many other sessions…

Agenda is subject to change. Details will be posted at

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Li Ka Shing Learning & Knowledge Center
Stanford University
291 Campus Drive
Palo Alto, California 94305

Saturday, November 17, 2018 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (PST)

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Autism Society San Francisco Bay Area is a grassroots organization of parents,  family members, friends and professionals concerned about the well-being of local autism families, with an emphasis on expanding the limited  lifespan care options for the dramatically increasing numbers of adults  with autism.  We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. We welcome your donations—see to learn about giving information and conference sponsorships.
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