October 17 & 18, 2019

Harrah’s Waterfront Conference Center, Atlantic City, NJ

No matter your role in the autism community, OUR CONFERENCE IS FOR YOU! Register today>>

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Professional Member$225$400$275$450
Professional Nonmember$275$500$325$550

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37th Annual Autism Conference

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Gregory Hanley

Announcing the 2019 Keynote Presentation

A Respectful and Practical Approach to Addressing Challenging Behavior

Presented by Gregory P. Hanley, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Western New England University

The dignity afforded to individuals with autism and the humanity that is associated with attempting to understand why problem behavior is occurring prior to treating it is sometimes lost in functional analysis and function-based treatment processes.

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Progress towards easily appreciated and generally applicable functional assessment and treatment procedures will require a slight shift towards different assumptions, aims, and procedures; these will be highlighted while outcomes are described from practical functional assessment and treatment processes in which the person with autism was always free to participate in, alter, or opt out of their therapeutic process. This enhanced choice model will be discussed, with considerations focusing on the safety of those participating and a progressive treatment process for developing the skills of communication, toleration, and contextually appropriate behavior.

Gregory P. Hanley, Ph.D., BCBA-D Bio

Dr. Hanley has been applying the principles of learning to improve socially important behaviors of children and adults with and without disabilities just under 30 years.  He worked and trained at the Kennedy Krieger Institute, was degreed at the University of Florida, was tenured at the University of Kansas, and directed the Behavior Analysis Doctoral Program and Life Skills Clinic at Western New England University (WNEU). Dr. Hanley has published over 100 book chapters and articles in peer-reviewed journals in areas such as the assessment and prevention of problem behavior, teaching tactics for young children, and evidence-based values.  Dr. Hanley is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Div. 25), past Associate Editor of The Behavior Analyst, and past Editor of the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and of Behavior Analysis in Practice. He currently serves as a Research Professor at WNEU, an Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and CEO of FTF Behavioral, an international training and consulting group based in Worcester Massachusetts.  This group of researcher-practitioners supports professionals attempting to create meaningful outcomes with practical functional assessment processes and skill-based treatments.


Important Conference Updates

Harrah’s Offering Discounted Rate

Book your hotel room while our discounted rate is still available. Rooms are $84 (plus fees) and are adjacent to the conference center. This is the lowest rate that will be available at Harrah’s from Oct.16-18. Book now>>

Now approved for APA, ASHA, BACB, and Social Work Credits

Credits must be pre-purchased by October 1 at the nonrefundable flat rate of $50 per day. The fee is waived for Gold and Silver members. Purchase now>>

DOE Overnight Travel Waiver Granted

Individuals whose one-way commute to the 37th Annual Conference exceeds 50 miles may obtain reimbursement from their district for overnight lodging for October 17, 2019. Download approval letter>>



Thank you to the following 2019 Sponsors

Scholarship Fund Donors
The Murphy Family

Falcon Law Group