34th Annual Conference a Resounding Success

Our 2016 Annual Conference was a resounding success on all counts! As one participant wrote, “It is inspiring to see all of these autism professionals and families together! Connecting to this community refreshes, revives, and rejuvenates me through exposure to a wealth of resources and professionals.” A new record of 1,300 participants learned about best practice and resources through 80 workshops and 100 exhibits. Harrah’s was a great fit for our event, and we look forward to making a few tweaks to have it even better fit your needs in 2017. Please see the program and brief recap below for an idea of what our annual conference is like. Registration for 2017 will open in mid-May along with sponsorship, exhibiting, and advertising opportunities. Contact Elizabeth Neumann, M.A., BCaBA, Education & Training Director with any questions about the 35th Annual Autism Conference to be held October 19 and 20, 2017. 

Senate President Steve Sweeney Address Conference Attendees

Autism NJ Executive Director Dr. Buchanan and Senate President Steve Sweeney

Autism New Jersey was honored to welcome Senate President Steve Sweeney to deliver opening remarks at our 34th Annual Conference on October 27, 2016. Nearly 1,000 parents and professionals applauded as he reaffirmed his commitment to the developmental disability community, transition services, and sufficient funding for residential options throughout the state.

For more than 6 years as Senate President and several decades as a parent of a child with special needs, Steve Sweeney has been a true champion and supporter of the developmental disability community as well as Autism New Jersey and the work we do on behalf of individuals across the state.  

Dr. Mary Jane Weiss Delivers Keynote Presentation on Teaching Essential Skills

Mary Jane Weiss, Ph.D., BCBA-D delivered the keynote presentation on Thursday, October 27, 2016. Her presentation, Essential Skills and How to Teach Them: A Lifelong Perspective, addressed the need for specialized instruction to acquire skills to ensures efficiency in our teaching and measurement of progress.

Dr. Weiss' presentation went on to discuss the importance of selecting key skills and intervention methods that are essential to the individual's success: Are we teaching learners the skills they most need to navigate their next environments, have meaningful relationships with others, and achieve the highest possible quality of life? 

Dr. Weiss explained how goals must shift with the age, skills, and interests of the individual as well as creative solutions for maximizing individualized planning, independence, and collaboration. 

SWIM TEAM Movie Screening

On the heels of its film festival world premiere, and in advance of its release, Autism New Jersey was honored to host a screening of SWIM TEAM on Thursday, October 27. 

SWIM TEAM cast Michael, Kelvin and Robbie

In New Jersey, the parents of a son with autism take matters into their own hands. They form a competitive swim team, recruiting multiethnic teens with autism and training them with high expectations and zero pity. What happens next alters the course of the boys’ lives. SWIM TEAM chronicles the extraordinary rise of the Jersey Hammerheads, capturing a moving quest for inclusion, independence and a life that feels winning.  For more information about the film, visit www.swimteamthefilm.com 

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