2012 Annual Conference


11th Annual Conference

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                                                      March 7 and 8, 2012


Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Workshop includes: 

Evidence–Based Means for Promoting Independence
and Enjoyment Among People with Autism

Dennis H. Reid, Ph.D., BCBA 

This workshop will present practical strategies for enhancing independence and enjoyment among individuals with autism. These strategies which have a scientific basis to support their effectiveness will include procedures for:

· establishing good relationships
· attending to individual likes and dislikes
· providing important choices during day-to-day activities
· preventing and reducing problem behavior through preference-based teaching and rapid teaching processes 

The presenter will also discuss ways to identify and validate indicators of happiness among individuals with significant communication challenges.  

Presented by Dennis H. Reid, Ph.D., BCBA.  Dr. Dennis Reid is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and has worked with children and adults with autism and other severe disabilities as a clinician, supervisor, and consultant for over 35 years. He has published over 140 journal articles and book chapters, and authored or co-authored eight books. Dr. Reid is a Fellow in the Association for Behavior Analysis International and recipient of the 2006 International Research Award of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. He is the founder and director of the Carolina Behavior Analysis and Support Center in Morganton, North Carolina, and currently works with people who have severe disabilities in schools, residential centers, and community living. His company has also employed adults with severe autism in a supported work capacity for the last 16 years. 
4.5 CEs for BCBA & BCaBA










Autism and In Love: Personal Reflections
Dave Hamrick and Lindsey Nebeker

Featured on Good Morning America and in Glamour Magazine, we will hear directly from Lindsey, a pianist/songwriter and Dave, a meteorologist.  This young in-love couple will share their thoughts on relationships and autism.  Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and participate in the discussion. 

Presented by Lindsey Nebeker and Dave Hamrick.
Lindsey Nebeker
is a pianist, disability rights advocate, and speaker diagnosed with high-functioning autism who lives in the Washington, DC area.  She holds a B.A. Degree in Music Technology from the College of Santa Fe and is a Partners in Policymaking graduate.  She has been active within the autism community by presenting at conferences and workshops in the United States and Canada.  She created a blog called "Naked Brain Ink" (a focus on ASDs, relationships and sexuality), and is currently serving on the Board of Directors for the Autism Women's Network.  Ms. Nebeker, along with Mr. Hamrick, have been featured in Glamour Magazine, ABC's Good Morning America, National Public Radio, and appeared on the cover of Autism Spectrum Quarterly.
Dave Hamrick is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Camp Springs, MD, and lives in Alexandria, VA.  He has been a presenter on autism related issues since 1999, served on The Autism Program's Board of Directors before it became Commonwealth Autism Service, graduated from Partners in Policymaking in 2006, and regularly corresponds with parents who have children with autism.   Mr. Hamrick has both a bachelors and masters degree in meteorology from North Carolina State University.













Thursday, March 8, 2012 

Breakout sessions to include:

• Virginia Autism Insurance Reform: What Does it Mean for You?
• Autism Awareness for Public Safety
• Effective Consulting: Strategies For Working With Staff
   When You Are Not the Boss (BCBA focused)
• Transitioning Through the Lifespan
• Advancing Understanding & Treatment of Social Problems in Youth with ASD
• Toilet Training Children with Autism (BCBA focused)
• Increasing Opportunities to Build Professional Competence in Autism
• Collaborative Teaming: Perspectives of Parents and School Administrators
• Beyond the Elementary Verbal Operants:
  Application of Complex Verbal Behavior (BCBA focused)
• iPads/iPods: Apps to Support Evidence-Based Practice

Click here to view the session descriptions for Thursday.


 The Learning Institute
will be offering Type 2 CE credits for BCBAs® on certain breakout sessions  
Commonwealth Autism Service is a BACB® approved continuing education provider 



The Autism Society-Central Virginia will be the official bookstore during the conference.