Next week is the South Carolina Autism Society's Annual Conference featuring John Elder Robison as Keynote Speaker!  We just opened an additional block of tickets to meet the great demand!  Click here to order yours now before they're gone!

Check out our full schedule below!

Date:  Friday, October 7, 2016
Time: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Cost:   $50 per person, includes lunch

Location: Medallion Conference Center, 
7309 Garners Ferry Road, Columbia, SC  29209

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Keynote Speaker --
John Elder Robison

John Elder Robison grew up with Asperger’s Syndrome, and was undiagnosed until the age of 40. He nevertheless lived an incredible life. In his new book Switched On, he describes how a powerful brain therapy has allowed him to sense others’ feelings, and claim a newfound emotional intelligence. A leading voice on autism, he implores audiences to find strengths where others see weaknesses.

John Elder Robison is the Neurodiversity Scholar in Residence at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA. He is an active participant in the ongoing discussion of ethical and legal issues relating to autism therapy, services, and intervention. He is particularly interested in improving quality of life for those people living with autism today—both autistic people and family members. He’s been a member of the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee of the US Department of Health and Human Services, and he serves on other boards for the US National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control, and private organizations. He’s co-founder of a high school program for teens with developmental challenges in Springfield, MA.

In his younger days Robison worked as an engineer for KISS and Pink Floyd’s sound company, and worked on some of the original electronic games at Milton Bradley. Later on he founded J E Robison Service—a restorer of Land Rover, Rolls Royce, and Mercedes motorcars.

Robison’s books Look Me in the EyeBe Different, and Raising Cubby are the most widely read accounts of life with Asperger’s in the world. His books have been translated into more than fifteen languages, and they are sold in 60+ countries. His newest book—Switched On: A Memoir of Brain Change and Emotional Awakening—was published in March 2016. Robison has also authored or contributed to over 100 autism-related articles. (Bio from The Lavin Agency)

Keynote Topic -- Hiring on the Spectrum: Neurodiversity at the Workplace

People with autism often have special skills, especially in the fields of math, engineering, and technology. In this talk, John Elder Robison shares his story of life on the autism spectrum and as the founder of the only program that teaches a trade to special education students in a real-world environment. He reveals why companies should take an active role in hiring the neurodiverse, and navigates the benefits and pitfalls for both employer and employee. We can harness people’s special skills, he says, by looking for gifts instead of limitations. There’s much to be gained—for your bottom line, for the autistic person you employ, and for society at large—when hiring someone on the spectrum.

Just Added! Morning Presentation by DJ Svoboda!

D.J. Svoboda was diagnosed at the age of 3 with Autism Spectrum Disorder with psychomotor retardation which included speech delays and issues with his fine motor skills. He found it difficult to even hold a pencil. Today, D.J. is an dynamic, motivational public speaker, accomplished artist and author with three books to his credit; My ImagivilleThe Mupperezmo and the Rainbow, and The Inspirations of Imagiville.  Growing up, D.J. was teased and bullied. These negative experiences inspired D.J. to create the land of Imagiville; a safe place in his imagination where everyone is treated kindly and accepted just the way they are.  Click here to learn more.  (Bio from My Imagiville.)


Full Schedule:  


8:00 am – Registration begins & bookstore opens

9:00 am – Welcome & Introduction.
9:15 am — Morning Presentation — DJ Svoboda
9:45 am – Breakout Session 1

• Jon Bos — Neuroanatomic Findings in Autism: An Introduction to Cerebro-Cerebellar Circuits

• Toni Boucher — Invisible Autism:  How Women and Girls on the Spectrum are Unique & What You Can do to Help them Reach their Full Potential.

• Kay Hanson — Understanding the IEP Process

• Sara Matherly — Challenges and Benefits to Identifying and Treating Anxiety in Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders

10:45 am — BREAK
11:00 am – Breakout Session 2

• Tom Mayne — SSI and SSDI, What are the Differences?

• Allison Petralia — Hope is Alive for Adults with Autism:  Using ABA Techniques to Promote Meaningful Lives for Adults on the Spectrum

• Allison Randel — Increasing Physical Activity in Children and Adolescents with Autism and other Developmental Disorders

• Tyneise Seaborough — Help for the Sensory Driven Child

12:00 noon — Lunch & Awards
1:30 pm – Keynote Speaker — John Elder Robison, followed by Q&A and book signing.
3:30 pm – Closing


Annual Awards will be presented at the Conference.  Do you know someone who is deserving of recognition?  Click here to nominate them now.

Resource FairSpaces are available in our Resource Fair for businesses, organizations, and state agencies. Click here for more information.  

 Current Exhibitors include:

• Autism Academy of SC

• Autism Speaks

• Brain Balance

• BrainCore of the Lowcountry

• Carolina RDI

• Charles Lea Center

• Client Assistance Program

• Discovery Toys

• Easter Seals

• Family Connection

• Imagifriends of Imagiville

• Lutheran Services Carolinas

• Pro-Parents

• Shape of Behavior

• SOS Healthcare

• Springbrook Behavioral Health

• Talisman Program

• The Horizons School


USC College of Social Work Research Study

For additional questions, please contact the South Carolina Autism Society at 803-750-6988 or email scas@scautism.org.

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