Thursday, September 8, 2022

Courtyard by Marriott Gulfport Beachfront

Gulfport, Mississippi



Thursday, September 8, 2022

8:30 am - 4:30 pm

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Courtyard by Marriott Gulfport Beachfront
1600 E Beach Blvd
Gulfport, MS 39501

Special conference rate of $109 per night at Courtyard by Marriott Gulfport Beachfront. Special rate ends 8/15/22


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Mickey Alford
Coalition for Citizens with Disabilities
(601) 969-0601 

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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.

Featured Speaker - Raun Kaufman

Raun K. Kaufman is the author of the book, Autism Breakthrough: The Groundbreaking Method That Has Helped Families All Over the World and the former CEO of the Autism Treatment Center of America®. 

An international lecturer and graduate of the Ivy League’s Brown University with a degree in Biomedical Ethics, Raun has completed lecture tours in the U.S., United Kingdom, Ireland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden, Norway, Spain, Portugal, Poland, Romania, France, Japan, Singapore, the Philippines, Malaysia, and Vietnam.

His articles have been featured in journals such as The Autism File and Good Autism Practice and in books such as Silver Linings and Cutting-Edge Therapies for Autism.  

He has been interviewed by media such as National Public Radio, BBC Television, Fox News Channel, The London Telegraph, and People Magazine.

In addition to his work with families and educators for almost 25 years, Raun brings a distinctive qualification to the realm of autism treatment: his own personal history. 

As a child, Raun was diagnosed with so-called “severe” (non-speaking) autism and recommended for lifelong institutionalization. Instead, his parents worked with him in a totally new way they developed, enabling him to blossom, grow, and, ultimately, accomplish everything his parents were promised he would not. (A best-selling book and award-winning television movie were made about his journey.)

Read more about Raun here

The conference will include:

  • Keynote address - Neuro-Crash: The Real Cause of Meltdowns, Transition Anxiety and Explosive Behaviors
  • Breakout sessions on sensory differences, autism in the classroom, behavior, accommodations in the workplace and social skills
  • Family and Adult Panel
  • Opportunities to network with speakers, providers, professionals and family members


Registration Fee

Through August 31 - $125

September 1-8 - $150

Students $50 (must show student ID)

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 8/31/22. That notice can be made by e-mail to 

For registration information contact Mickey Alford
at call 601-969-0601 or 

Approved Continuing Education Credits:
  • 5.25 hours approved by Mississippi State Board of Nursing Home Administrators for  Nursing Home Administrators 
  • .5 hours approved by Mississippi College for Teachers 
  • 5.25 hours approved for DMH Mental Health Therapist, DMH Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Therapist, Licensed DMH Administrator, DMH Community Support Specialist and DMH Addiction Therapist
Planning forms are being submitted for review for the following disciplines: DMH Peer Support Specialist.  Attendance Certificates may be Requested.