AS & Disclosure 2015


Karen Doran, Registrar 
Asperger/Autism Network 
617-393-3824 x10 


Saturday, March 14, 2015,  8:30 AM to 4:00PM EDT 

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Bentley University/The Conference Center 
175 Forest Street, LaCava 300
Waltham, MA 02452

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In partnership with MGH/Aspire and NESCA,
AANE is pleased to present 

and Disclosure

Keynote Speakers
Daniel W. Rosenn, MD
Gina and Katie Gallagher
(of Shut Up About Your Perfect Kid

Saturday, March 14, 2015
8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Bentley University
The Conference Center
175 Forest Street, LaCava 300 ~ Waltham, MA 

AANE has combined resources with MGH/Aspire and NESCA to present this timely and important conference on Asperger/Autsim and disclosure, especially in the light of the changes in the DSM-5. This conference  covers all aspects of disclosure pertinent to children, teens, and adults: from parents disclosing to their child, their family, and to the community and adults disclosing to colleges, potential partners, or employers . Sandwiched between the keynote speakers, professionals, parents, and adults will delve into and discuss the many facets of this complex topic in small workshops. We will also present a number of 1st-person accounts throughout the day. All conference participants will receive a book of these 1st-person stories and experiences around disclosure.

Conference Schedule
8:30 – 9:00 AM:   Check-in & Continental Breakfast
9:00 – 9:30 AM:   Welcome and 1st person story
9:30 – 10:30 AM:   Morning Keynote: Dr. Daniel Rosenn
10:30 – 10:40 AM:   1st person story
10:40 – 12:15 AM:    Session One Workshops (choose 1)
12:15 – 1:15 PM:   Lunch
1:15 – 2:30 PM:   Session Two Workshops (choose 1)
2:30 – 2:45 PM:   Break
2:45 – 4:00 PM:   Afternoon Keynote: Gina and Katie Gallagher/1st person story
Conference ends. Pick up CEUs before leaving.
Note: There will be 1st person stories in each workshop. 

Conference Workshops

Workshop Session One

Workshop A     Disclosure at College
Presenter: Lorraine Wolf

Workshop B      Disclosure to Your Child      
Presenter: Catherine Faherty

Workshop C       Disclosure in Close/Intimate Relationships
Presenter: Tonya White

Workshop D      Facilitated Discussion for Adults on General Disclosure Issues

Workshop Session Two

Workshop E      Disclosure in Employment    
Presenter: Barbara Bissonnette

Workshop F       Disclosure in Middle School/High School   
Presenters: D. Scott McLeod, Jason McCormick, and Jason Mitchell

Workshop G      Disclosure About Your Child
Presenter: Brenda Dater

Workshop H      Facilitated Discussion for Adults on General Disclosure Issues

General Conference Information

Conference Location: Bentley University, The Conference Center, 175 Forest Street, LaCava 300, Waltham, MA.

Directions & Free Parking: Bentley University is located just 10 miles west of Boston. For driving directions, click here.  

Registration Fees:
Professionals:                   $125/person (includes CEUs)         
Nonprofessional:          $90/person
Additional person:*      $50/person
*at the same address 

Registration fees include morning coffee, lunch, and parking at the venue. There is no discount if you cannot attend the entire day’s program or if you bring your own lunch. 

Refund Policy: Refunds, minus a $25 processing fee per person, are available until March 9, 2015. No refunds/credits after March 9th or for no-shows. 

CEUs: The CEU fee is $25 and is included in the professional registration fee. If CEUs are not requested at the time of registration, you must request them at conference check-in. 

Lunch: Regular lunches will include deli meat. Vegetarian and gluten-free lunches are also available. Select your lunch on the registration form. Sorry, but we cannot accommodate additional dietary restrictions. There is no discount if you bring your own lunch.

Financial Assistance: If you are a parent or an adult with AS/related profile who needs financial assistance to attend this conference, funding may be available through your state’s Developmental Disabilities Council (DDC). In MA, call (617) 770-7676, ext. 115. Residents in other states should check for financial aid. Apply for funding as soon as possible as funds are limited. If you are unable to access money through the DDC, please call AANE at (617) 393-3824, ext. 10, to discuss financial assistance or if youi have any questions.

Sensory Sensitivities: Due to sensory sensitivities among those in our ASD community, please refrain from wearing perfume/scented products at the conference.

Dogs: Only leashed service dogs permitted.

Weather or Public Emergency on March 14: In case of snow or a public emergency, an announcement regarding the status of the conference will be made by 6:00 a.m. on March 14 (call 617-393-3824 x 10). 

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If you are registering after March 10,
we cannot guarantee a lunch selection for you.