October 23 & 24, 2014
Onsite registration will be available at the Atlantic City Convention Center.
Join more than 1,000 people for Autism New Jersey's two-day annual conference at the Atlantic City Convention Center, October 23 & 24, 2014. Attendees can choose from 66 practical workshops, 8 abbreviated "Lunch and Learn" sessions and have the opportunity to visit nearly 90 exhibitors covering the full age range and needs of people with autism and their family members as well as the professionals who support them. We are excited to present this year's topics, keynotes and speakers and look forward to another successful year of bringing the community together.
"I would have never have been able to attend so many useful workshops without this conference. It helped me with advocacy for my son's education. It helped me with strategies for coping with my son's anxiety. it was fantastic!"
Announcing Keynote Presentations & Guest Speaker
Safety First: How to Assess and Treat Elopement
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Wayne Fisher, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Munroe-Meyer Institute, University of Nebraska Medical Center
Whether an individual with ASD wanders off or bolts to a desired place or to escape an unpleasant one, it is terrifying for everyone involved. To minimize and hopefully prevent elopement, it is imperative that individualsare taught to discriminate between safe and unsafe environments and to maintain safe proximity to caregivers. Dr. Fisher will present a comprehensive assessment and treatment model for distinguishing between wandering and bolting in order to develop proactive strategies to keep individuals safe.
Optimistic Parenting: Hope and Help for Individuals with Challenging Behavior
Friday, October 24, 2014
V. Mark Durand, Ph.D., University of South Florida St. Petersburg
Challenging behaviors continue to top the list of concerns for families and teachers of persons with ASD. Although there have been impressive gains in learning how to reduce these behaviors, obstacles remain. This session will cover new insights into these obstacles and how families and professionals can overcome them and effectively help persons with even the most severe behavioral challenges. Evidence-based approaches to replacing challenging behavior will be discussed, and Dr. Durand will describe how “optimism training” can help caregivers and professionals be more effective in their efforts to help those with ASD succeed and help themselves lead happier and less stressful lives.
Opening Remarks: Congressman Chris Smith
Friday, October 24, 2014
For more than two decades, Rep. Chris Smith (R-Robbinsville, N.J.) has been a true champion and supporter of the autism community as well as Autism New Jersey and the work we do on behalf of families and individuals across the state.
In August of this year, the Autism CARES Act, authored by Congressman Smith, was signed into law, a direct result of the bipartisan effort to pass this legislation in both the House and in the Senate. The legislation authorizes $1.3 billion over the next five years for research, prevalence studies, detection, education and intervention, and includes additions focusing on respite care, adolescents, and adults with autism. He is also the author of the landmark Autism ASSURE Act enacted in 2000, and the CARA law enacted in 2011, and is co-founder & co-chairman of the House Autism Caucus.
Thank You to Our Sponsors
ASHA Credits Sponsor
Pyramid Educational Consultants, Inc.
Anthony E. Meyer Scholarship Fund Sponsors
Bob and Mary Perron - In loving memory of Bobby and Tony