Friday, November 4, 2022 from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM CDT
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Sheraton Hotel - West Des Moines 
1800 50th Street
West Des Moines, IA 50266

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Click here to reserve a hotel room at a reduced conference rate. Deadline for reservation is October 20.


Kris Steinmetz 
Autism Society of Iowa 

2022 Autism Society of Iowa Fall Conference Featuring Keynote Speaker Temple Grandin Ph.D. 

Join us for the 2022 Autism Society of Iowa Fall Education Conference featuring keynote speaker, Temple Grandin, Ph.D. 


Conference Agenda

8:30 a.m. - Registration

9:00 a.m. – Let's Get Personal: A Heart-to-Heart Conversation with Dave & Lindsey - Presented by Dave Hamrick and Lindsey Nebeker

10:00 a.m. - Break and resource fair opens

10:15 a.m. - Panel of adults with Autism - Presented by - Leo Bird, Dave Hamrick, Brian Johnson, Tyler Leech, Lindsey Nebeker, Abby Niederhauser, Marie Ugorek, Joel Wesselink

11:15 a.m.  - Awards

11:30 a.m. – Lunch Provided 

12:30 - Early intervention, social skills, developing talents, vocational training and employment, and sensory issues presented by Temple Grandin, Ph.D.

2:00 - Break

2:15 - Breakout Sessions

  • Managing Challenging Behavior at Home: Clinical Options and Home-Based Interventions presented by Matt O’Brien, Ph.D., BCBA
  • A caring conversation about explaining the diagnosis of Autism to your diagnosed child, family members, and your community. In this session we will focus on steps to help you develop a plan to help you explain the diagnosis to  family and friends as well as ways they can best support you and your child. Presented by Sue Askeland and Jan Turbes
  • Introduction to Social Strategies: Building and Maintaining Friendships and Relationships Presented by Paige Burden, MA, CCC-SLP and Audrey Wood MA, CCC-SLP 
  • Book signing with Temple Grandin

3:15 - Break and resource fair ends

3:30 – Breakout Sessions

  •  Iowa Regional Autism Assistance Program – Connecting to Support and Resources – Presented by:  Erika Hertel, Jackie Schott, and Clementine Karl
  • A Vision for Our Future 2020-2024, the strategic plan for the Autism Society and how it will impact Iowans and our Autism community locally and the autism community nationally. Presented by Chris Banks, Autism Society of America CEO.   
  • Social Networking for Adults with Autism

4:30 - Adjourn