Conference Keynotes to Highlight Safety, Diversity, & Challenging Behavior

September 01, 2021

The 39th Annual Conference will feature 7 live keynote addresses and 21 new workshops in a 2-day virtual event on October 21 & 22, 2021.

Our carefully curated program includes live keynote addresses from regional experts on impactful topics relating to the health, safety, diversity, and quality of life for individuals with autism and their families.

“While still not a replacement for the face-to-face interactions and networking our conference is known for, the live and interactive features of our virtual event will bridge a connection to attendees and  leaders in the field,” said Autism New Jersey Executive Director Dr. Suzanne Buchanan.

Don’t miss out on your opportunity to connect with these renowned experts!

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NEW! Check out our Hot Topic Meet-Ups designed to bring a more in-depth discussion with our experts on critical topics.

Keynote Schedule


9:00am - 10:00amThe Balance Program: A Parent-Professional Collaborative Approach to Early Problem Behavior
Kelsey Ruppel, Ph.D., BCBA, LABA
11:00am - 12:00pmAvoiding the Second Arrow: Choosing Acceptance & Flexibility to Live a More Meaningful Life
Michael Selbst, Ph.D., BCBA-D
2:00pm - 3:00pmStop Wasting Time: Target Skills That Have an Impact
Peter Gerhardt, Ed.D.


9:00am - 10:00amApplying Behavior Analysis to Promote Life Enjoyment Among Adults With Autism
Dennis Reid, Ph.D., BCBA-D
11:00am - 12:00pmEquity in Practice: How Practitioners Can Integrate Equity and Justice into Their Clinical Practice
Mawule Sevon, NCSP, BCBA
12:00pm - 1:00pmAutism and Law Enforcement: Building Bridges
Gerald Turning, Jr.
2:00pm - 3:00pmHow Genetics Can Help Us Understand Autism Better
Wendy Chung, M.D.

Speaker Bios