General Information

Dates & Times?

October 20 & 21, 2022 (9:00 am to 4:00 pm) – in-person
November 2022 – January 2023 – 24/7 access via online platform

Location

Harrah’s Atlantic City Waterford Conference Center

Rates

Check our registration page for pricing.

How many people usually attend?

Approximately 1,300 people attended the last few in-person conferences. Our virtual conferences in 2020 and 2021 drew approximately 1,100. We expect a similar attendance this October.

Who typically attends?

Our audience includes educational and human service professionals, parents of children and adults with autism, and self-advocates. Professional attendees include special and general education teachers, direct support professionals, behavior analysts, psychologists, social workers and speech pathologists.

Is financial assistance available? 

Yes, if you are a parent/caregiver of an individual with autism or an individual with autism. The Anthony E. Meyer Conference Scholarship Fund is available to supplement what you can pay (if anything). Funds are allotted on a first-come, first-served basis. The fund only covers registration, not travel, dinner, or hotels. If you are interested in applying for a scholarship, please contact conference@autismnj.org.

Can I donate to the scholarship fund?

Yes, to make a scholarship donation click here>>

Venue

Book online or call  888.516.2215 and request the Autism New Jersey Conference rate. Our group rate is $84 per night. All rooms in the block will be in the Waterfront and Bayview Towers closest to the conference center.

What is the address of the conference center? 

777 Harrah’s Blvd, Atlantic City, NJ 08401

Who can I speak with about accommodations I may require to be able to attend the conference? 

If you require any specific accommodations to participate in the conference or food restrictions/accommodations, please contact conference@autismnj.org as soon as possible.

Do you validate parking at the conference center?   

Unfortunately, we are not able to do so. However, if you stay at Harrah’s through our conference rate, Basic and Waterfront Tower options both include a $5 parking voucher for one (1) vehicle per night. Approximate pricing is $10/day for self-parking and $15/day for valet.

Are meals included with registration?

Yes, a continental breakfast and boxed lunch will be available to each registrant each day.

Is early check-in available for the conference?

If you arrive on Wednesday between 4:00pm – 6:00pm, check in then and avoid the morning lines! [Please note: conference check-in will close promptly at 6:00pm.]

Registration

How do I register for the conference?

You will register online.

How much are CEUs?

They’re free!

Can I register online with a purchase order? 

Yes, you can do so through our check and purchase order registration form. Valid check or purchase order number as well as names and email addresses for all attendees are required to submit, so be sure that you have this information ready before starting the form.

Can I register multiple people at once? 

Yes, the registration form can accommodate registering up to ten (10) people at once.

I think my employer will pay for my registration. Can you bill me? 

No, but we can provide a receipt that you can submit to your employer for reimbursement.

I am a current Autism New Jersey Member, or my employer is a current Autism New Jersey Organization Member. Can I register online at the member rate?  

Yes, all individual members and organization member designated contacts will receive an email with a code to register at the member rate. If you are a current member and have not received this email, please contact conference@autismnj.org. If you are unsure of your or your organization’s membership status, please contact  membership@autismnj.org.

I’m interested in Organization Membership to access discounts and other benefits.

Click here to learn more!

Can my registration be refunded ?

Before October 1st, yes. Refunds will be provided for written requests to conference@autismnj.org. After that, substitutions for those who qualify at the same rate will be accepted.

Virtual Platform

What is the virtual conference platform?

“Whova” is our virtual conference platform. Watch Whova’s How To Guide to help you make the most of your experience. It can be used during both the in-person days and the three months of virtual access.

Do I need a specific web app on my device to participate?

Just Whova! Whova can be viewed on any desktop, laptop, or mobile device. Whova’s mobile app runs both on Android and iPhone. Search “Whova” in the App Store on your iPhone or in Google Play on your Android phone.

If you are using Whova on your desktop, you do not need to have any specific programs installed; you will just need to be connected to the internet.

When can I access the virtual conference platform ?

In October, paid attendees can expect an email with information on how to access the virtual conference platform, “Whova.” Use Whova to create your own schedule, explore our virtual exhibit hall, and connect with other attendees in the community boards.

In November, the virtual access to many workshops from 2020, 2021, and 2022 will be made available.

Can I customize my own workshop schedule?

Yes, you can use the agenda to browse workshop descriptions and speaker information. You are able to filter by tracks and add preferred workshops to your schedule to start building your custom conference experience based on your unique needs and priorities.

I want to be sure I attend workshops that will best address my needs. Can you help?

Absolutely, we’re happy to help! Please feel free to contact Stephanie Flamini, M.S., BCaBA, at sflamini@autismnj.org to discuss workshop recommendations.

CEUs

With more than 50 live and well more than 40 pre-recorded workshops, you can maximize the number of CEs you earn!

NJ Department of Education (DOE) Professional Development (PD) Hours

In-person: A maximum of twelve (12) PD hours can be earned by attending both days.

Virtual: More than fifty (50) PD hours can be earned in total. Attendees earn 1.0-1.25 hours of PD for each session they watch in its entirety.

Certificates will be provided both on site and at regular intervals during access to the virtual platform.

DOE Overnight Travel Waiver

We are applying for an overnight travel waiver and will update this section accordingly.

Will continuing education credits be available?

For select workshops, we plan to offer continuing education from the following entities:

American Psychological Association (APA)

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)*

*Speaker financial and nonfinancial disclosures may be found by clicking on the Presenter Disclosures link>>

Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)

NJ Social Work Continuing Education Approval Collaborative (NASW)

Which CEU types are offered in-person and virtually?

BACB and NJ DOE

Which CEU types are offered only in-person and not virtually?

APA, ASHA, and NASW

Autism New Jersey is an Approved Continuing Education Provider (#OP-05-0085) for the Behavior Analyst Certification Board® (BACB). The BACB does not warrant, endorse, sponsor, approve, or partner with the event, organization, or instructors.Autism New Jersey is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Autism New Jersey maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Sponsorship & Advertising

Where can I find information on sponsorship and advertising?

Sponsorship and advertising marketing options are now available! Our options cover a variety of price points and benefits. Having your logo (or more) in our e-blasts, website, event platform, and social media is a powerful way to draw attention to your organization!

Are there qualifications for approval to sponsor or advertise?

Yes, everyone who seeks to sponsor or advertise at our conference is required to submit an application that will undergo a brief review to ensure alignment with our Position Statement on Treatment Recommendations and overall mission and character of the event.

Please contact Jessica Barkosky at jbarkosky@autismnj.org with any questions.

Exhibiting

This year’s event offers both an in-person table and a virtual booth, increasing your exposure to our audience.

For prices, details, and to apply, click here.

How many booths/vendors typically attend?

Our in-person event typically has 90 exhibitors in attendance.

Are there qualifications for approval?

Yes, everyone who seeks to exhibit at our conference is required to submit an application that will undergo a brief review to ensure alignment with our Position Statement on Treatment Recommendations and overall mission and character of the event. Please contact conference@autismnj.org with any questions.

Networking

Are there networking opportunities?

Yes, there are many networking opportunities during both the in-person and virtual events. The layout and schedule of our in-person event gives ample time for attendees to browse the booths, network, and exchange information. The virtual platform offers “ice breakers” to meet new people, search for those with similar interests, and engage on community boards.


Have questions we didn’t address?

Email us at conference@autismnj.org. We’re happy to help you experience our Power of Connection!