Creating Your Own Path:

Successful Transitions for Persons with Autism 

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Broadmoor Baptist Church, Madison, Mississippi 

Conference Partners:

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Mississippi Chapter of AAIDD

Willowood Developmental Center


 Registration 7:30 am                              Conference begins at 8:30 am

Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 8:30 AM 
Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 4:00 PM 

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Broadmoor Baptist Church
1531 Highland Colony Pkwy
Madison, MS 39110


Driving Directions

Morning Keynote Speaker: Linda Hodgdon, M.Ed., CCC-SLP

Linda Hodgdon is a Speech-Language Pathologist who is internationally known as a pioneer in developing the use of visual strategies to support communication for students with the communication, behavior or social skill challenges that are common in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).

As an author, speaker and consultant, she has become well known world wide for her very practical information and strategies that guide communication partners to develop effective communication relationships with their children with autism.

With a focus on communication, Linda’s books and training programs are packed with “best-practices” and proven strategies for helping individuals from young children with autism through adults with Asperger’s participate more effectively in their life opportunities.

Linda Hodgdon is the undisputed expert on using visual strategies to support communication for individuals with ASD and related communication challenges.

Read more about Linda Hodgdon here

Afternoon Keynote Speaker: Dr. Edlyn Peņa 

Dr. Peņa is an Associate Professor of Higher Education Leadership and Co-Director of the Autism and Communication Center at California Lutheran University (CLU). As an award-winning researcher, public speaker, and appointed member of the federal Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee since 2015, Dr. Peņa is highly active in autism and disability discussions at a national level.  She engages in research that contributes knowledge about preparing students with autism for higher education. She is also passionate about providing access to alternative forms of communication and inclusion to students with autism.

Read more about Dr. Peņa here

The conference will also include:

  •  Breakout sessions on communication
  •  Breakout sessions on assistive technology
  •  Opportunities to network with spekers, providers, professionals and family members



$50.00 Early Bird Registration fee - July 1st to August 4th

$65.00 Registration fee - August 5th to August 31

$75.00 Registration fee -September 1st to September 7th

- includes morning and afternoon snacks and lunch

Note: attendance scholarships are available for parents/guardians of and/or persons with autism. You may request a scholarship when registering online. Check "pay at door" as your form of payment. You will be notified via email when your request has been approved. 

 Cancellation: The registration fee for this event is forfeited if attendance is cancelled. You may send a substitute. As a courtesy to the planners, written notice of your intent not to attend or to send a substitute is appreciated by 8/31/17. That notice can be made by e-mail to 

Planning forms have been submitted for review for the following disciplines: Mental Health Therapist, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Therapist, Licensed DMH Administrator, Community Support Specialist, Counselor/LPC, Psychologist, Nursing Home Administrator, University/Education CEUs and School Executive Managment Institute (SEMI) credits.
For additional CE information contact Peggy Kelly at

Conference Host


Mickey Alford - Registration
Coalition for Citizens with Disabilities

CE credits - Peggy Kelly, pkelly@