Thursday, September 9, 2021

Virtual Conference

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

Thursday, September 9, 2021 at 7:30 AM 
Thursday, September 9, 2021 at 4:00 PM 

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This is an online event.




Mickey Alford
Coalition for Citizens with Disabilities












The importance of transitions for those with autism cannot be stressed enough and doesn't happen overnight. The objective of this conference is to provide parents, advocates, professionals, and people with autism the opportunity to learn about resources and evidence-based best practices regarding planning and executing successful transitions.


Keynote Address

The Impact of COVID-19 on Young Adults with ASD: Using Trauma Informed Care to Guide Practice

Carol M. Schall, PhD, Associate Professor, Rehabilitation, Research & Training Center, Virginia Commonwealth University 


COVID-19 has had a devastating impact on the economy and health of citizens in the U.S.  In this presentation, Dr. Schall will discuss her research regarding the impact of COVID-19 on the lives of employed individuals with ASD.  She will also discuss the importance of using trauma informed care to ensure that individuals with ASD are able to return to work and school safely.

The conference will also include breakout sessions on the following topics:

  • Behavioral Health
  • Communication  
  • Ethical Treatment
  • Safety
  • Assistive Technology  
  • Medicaid ID/DD Waiver and Community Support Program



$50.00 Registration fee 

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 8/31/21.  That notice may be made by        e-mail to 


Approved Continuing Education Credits:
  • 5.25 hours approved by DMH-PLACE for DMH Mental Health Therapist, DMH Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Therapist, Licensed DMH Administrator, DMH Community Support Specialist, DMH Peer Support Specialist.
  • 5.25 hours approved by Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC) for Rehabilitation Counselor
  • 5.25 hours approved by Mississippi State Board of Nursing Home Administrators for  Nursing Home Administrators 
  • .5 hours approved by Mississippi College for teachers (must attend keynote and breakout sessions)
  • 5.25 hours (4 hours General hours and 1.25 Ethic hours) approved by Mississippi Board of Examiners for Social Workers and Marriage & Family Therapists. (Sessions not approved for Social Work hours are The Spectrum of Communication and Assistive Tech and Apps to Support Daily Living)
Attendence Certificates may be requested.

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