US AUTISM & ASPERGER ASSOCIATION ANNUAL WORLD CONFERENCE

SCHEDULE AND PRESENTATIONS - AUGUST 24 - 27, 2017 - 7:00 pm Thursday - 12:30 pm Sunday

The conference kicks off Thursday evening, August 24 at 7:00 pm with the Oregon Premiere of Swim Team, an award winning film. Registration opens at 4:00 pm and you can pick up your tote bag and registration badge at that time. If you pre-registered online, we highly recommend that you get your badges on Thursday starting at 4:00 pm. The conference features keynote presentations, panel presentations, and breakout sessions on Friday, Saturday and Sunday with the conference concluding at 12:30 pm on Sunday. For additional information and group registration, call 1-888-9AUTISM (1-888-928-8476), ext. 2. There is a 10% discount on registration if two or more people register at the same time. Pre-registration is highly recommended to ensure your space. The Exhibit Hall is open during the entire conference. NOTE: All exhibitors can start setting up their booths at 2:00 pm on Thursday, August 24.

 

CLICK HERE to REGISTER.

CONFERENCE IS OPEN TO ALL

Parents, Families, Caregivers, Adults with ASD, Employers, Educators, Professionals, Agencies, Self-Advocates, and anyone who wants to learn more about Autism, Asperger Syndrome, and related disorders are welcome to attend.

ATTEND ANY SESSION

Attendees may attend any presentation.

CONFERENCE ABSTRACTS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

Click here for conference Abstracts and Learning Outcomes.

SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE

Due to circumstances beyond the conference committee's control, the schedule may be subject to change. In the 11 annual conferences that USAAA has hosted, only 4 people have been unable to attend due to illness.

QUOTE FROM STEPHEN M. SHORE, EdD, PRESENTER AND SELF-ADVOCATE

"Our goal should be to help persons with autism, Asperger Syndrome and other related disorders understand and use their strengths to work around any presenting challenges so they, just like everyone else, has an equal chance at living a fulfilling and productive life."

THURSDAY, AUGUST 24, 2017

4:00pm - 9:00pm

Registration

 

MT. ADAMS

7:00pm - 9:00pm

swim team filmFILM SCREENING - OREGON PREMIERE OF SWIM TEAM
Q&A immediately after the conclusion of the film with Lara Stolman, Producer and Director of SWIM TEAM. What would you do if your community gave up on your child? CLICK HERE to watch the SWIM TEAM trailer.

 

FRIDAY, AUGUST 25, 2017

6:00am - 5:30pm

Registration and Expo Open

 

MT. HOOD BALLROOM

8:00am - 8:15am

Welcome by *L. P. Kaplan, PhD

8:15am - 9:30am

**Temple Grandin, PhD - KEYNOTE
JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF MY BRAIN, and a special" 1 on 1" with Temple Grandin

9:30am - 10:00am

Break and Expo, and Book Signing

 

MT. HOOD BALLROOM

MT. ADAMS

10:00am - 11:00am

Kurt Woeller, DO
AUTISM AND INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE: A Roadmap For Testing and Treatment

Vicki Clarke, MS, CCC-SLP
ACHIEVING COMMUNICATION: Evaluation of Early Communication Skills and Functional Goal Setting

   
11:00am - 12:00pm

*William Shaw, PhD
TOXIC CHEMICAL EXPOSURE IN AUTISM

**Raun Kaufman
AUTISM BREAKTHROUGH: The Groundbreaking Method

12:00pm - 1:00pm

Break, Lunch on your own, Expo

1:00pm - 2:00pm

*Phillip C. DeMio, MD
INFECTION CONNECTION: From the evidence to the behaviors, from the living room to the classroom

Marlo Payne Thurman, PhD
KEY POINTS TO SETTING UP A CLASSROOM (school and home)

   
2:00pm - 3:00pm

*Lori Knowles-Jimenez
THE JOURNEY TO WELLNESS: Healing through Nutrition and Supplementation

**Michael McManmon, EdD
JOB READINESS FOR STUDENTS WITH ASD IN TRANSITION: A Toolkit for Educators, Professionals and Parents

3:00pm - 3:30pm

Break and Expo, and Book Signing

 

MT. HOOD BALLROOM

3:30pm - 5:00pm

PANEL: SELF-ADVOCACY
Challenges Throughout the Lifespan
- *Theresa K. Wrangham- Moderator
**Niko Boskovic
**Alix Generous

**Temple Grandin, PhD
**Spencer Kelly
**Michael McManmon, EdD
**Matteo Musso
**Stephen M. Shore, EdD

The panelists presenting in this workshop each describe his or her personal experiences with autism or Asperger's Syndrome in the areas of Visual Thinking, Sensory Problems, Difficulties with Communication, Socialization, Work Environment, Education, and many other challenges they face each day. Panelists discuss challenges and transitioning through the life span. One specific area discussed will be bullying and ASD.

 

SATURDAY, AUGUST 26, 2017

7:00am - 5:30pm

Registration and Expo Open

 

MT. HOOD BALLROOM

7:50am - 8:00am

Welcome

8:00am - 9:00am

Introducing **Alix Generous
THINKING BIG - How To Harness Autism To Tackle The Complex Problems

9:00am - 9:30am

Break and Expo, and Book Signing

 

MT. HOOD BALLROOM

MT. ADAMS

9:30am - 10:30am

**Stephen M. Shore, EdD
UNDERSTANDING THE "HIDDEN CURRICULUM including
Teaching Social Interaction and Taking a Strength-Based Approach

Vicki Clarke, MS, CCC-SLP
A VOICE FOR EVERYONE - Selecting Appropriate Augmentative Communication (AAC) Methods for Nonverbal Children

   
10:30am - 11:30am

Marlo Payne Thurman, PhD
GROUNDBREAKING STUDY: THE THEORY OF SENSORY-COGNITIVE DIFFERENCE - It’s an eight lane super-highway: Insights across the Spectrum

Theodore Henderson, MD, PhD
CO-OCCURRING DISORDERS including Depression, Anxiety and Suicidal Ideation


11:30am - 12:30pm

Break, Lunch on your own, Expo

12:30pm - 1:30pm

*Harold "Hackie" Reitman, MD
ASPERTOOLS: UNDERSTANDING ASPERGER'S, AUTISM AND NEURODIVERSITY

Gil Tippy, PsyD
CONNECTING WITH STUDENTS: Bringing DIR/Floortime Into Your Classrooms

   
1:30pm - 2:30pm

*Dan Rossignol, MD
MITOCHONDRIAL DYSFUNCTION and other metabolic abnormalities

James W. Partington, PhD, BCBA
UNDERSTANDING AND CHANGING CHALLENGING BEHAVIORS - And Teaching Language Skills During Daily Activities

2:30pm - 3:00pm

Break and Expo, and Book Signing

3:00pm - 4:00pm

Alexander J. Ring
EEG-EKG GUIDED BRAIN STIMULATION IN AUTISM

*Kristin Selby Gonzalez 
CAREGIVERS: STRESS AND BURNOUT - Learn Tips and Tools for taking care of YOU

   
4:00pm - 5:00pm

*Phillip C. DeMio, MD
HOW CAN DOCTORS SUPPORT PATIENTS WITH AUTISM?

Ronald Aung-Din, MD, PA
THE POTENTIAL OF CANNABINOIDS IN TREATING AUTISM

Julie Matthews, CNC
FOOD AND NUTRITION MATTER

 

MT. ADAMS

7:00pm - 8:30pm

the buddy systemFILM SCREENING - OREGON PREMIERE OF THE BUDDY SYSTEM
Q&A immediately after the conclusion of the film with *Megan Smith-Harris, Producer and Director of THE BUDDY SYSTEM, and *Patty Dobbs Gross, Founder and Executive Director of the North Star Foundation.
Dogs are transforming the lives of children on the autism spectrum. CLICK HERE to watch the trailer.

 

SUNDAY, AUGUST 27, 2017

7:00am - 2:00pm

Registration and Expo Open

 

MT. HOOD BALLROOM

8:15am - 8:30am

Welcome

8:30am - 10:00am

PANEL: THE DOCTORS AND RESEARCHERS - *Theresa K. Wrangham- Moderator
Ronald Aung-Din, MD
*Phillip C. DeMio, MD
Theodore Henderson, MD, PhD
*Harold "Hackie" Reitman, MD
*Dan Rossignol, MD
*William Shaw, PhD
Kurt Woeller, MD

The panelists presenting in this workshop discuss the most frequently asked questions associated with medicine, research, and interventions. They will review medical cutting edge interventions and treatments as well as cutting edge research. Each panelist will provide a take away message with regards to their area of specialty.

10:00am - 10:30am

Break and Expo

10:30am - 11:30am

PANEL: THE SIBLINGS - *Theresa K. Wrangham- Moderator
*Vida Boskovic
*Alex Dassise

*Zack Peter
*Asjia Chapin
*Imani Chapin

More TBA

The siblings of individuals on the autism spectrum will share their experiences and answer questions. Siblings of children with autism carry the burden of extra responsibility and worry about their future. They also develop compassion and family love. Autism creates an enormous responsibility on siblings, according to educators, therapists and a dozen scientific studies. Children affected by autism can have raging tantrums, which can be frightening or embarrassing to siblings.

   
11:30am - 12:30pm

PANEL: BRINGING IT ALL TOGETHER - *Theresa K. Wrangham- Moderator
*Phillip C. DeMio, MD
*Kristin Selby Gonzalez
*Tracie Kelly
*Lori Knowles-Jimenez  
** *Karen Krejcha
*Tobi Rates
*William Shaw, PhD


Leading autism experts who are parents of children with autism and professionals will share in their personal experiences in the areas of medical/biomedical treatments, behavioral/developmental interventions, diet and nutritional interventions, advocacy, adjunct therapies, family issues, special needs trusts, IEPs, and much more. Some questions from attendees my be addressed during this final session. Q&A

12:30pm

CONFERENCE CONCLUDES