2018 Annual Conference

17th Annual Autism Conference  Save the Date! 

March 7 & 8, 2018

The Westin  Richmond, Virginia


Dr. Peter Gerhardt
We are excited that our keynote speaker this year will be Dr. Peter Gerhardt. He is a dynamic presenter that has more than 30 years’ experience utilizing the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis in support of individuals with autism spectrum disorders in educational, employment, residential and community-based settings. Dr. Gerhardt is the author or the coauthor of many articles and book chapters on the needs of adolescents and adults with ASDs and has presented nationally and internationally on this topic. Dr. Gerhardt is the founding chair of the Scientific Council for the Organization for Autism Research (OAR) and currently sits on numerous professional advisory boards including Behavior Analysis in Practice, the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies, the Association of Professional Behavior Analysts, and the Autism Society of America.  He received his doctorate from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, Graduate School of Education.

Other conference features:

  • Networking Reception
  • Breakout Sessions
  • Continuing Education for Behavior Analysts, Educators, and other professionals
  • Scholarships will be available to caregivers. Information coming in January. 
  • Sponsorship and vendor information coming soon! 


Continuing Education

Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA) and Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analysts (BCaBA): Commonwealth Autism is a Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) provider. Type 2 Continuing Education Credits will be available for both days of the conference. 

Virginia Teacher Licensure Renewal Points: Teachers can earn up to 5 points per day for attending this conference.  Participants will receive a certificate of attendance that specifies the hours attended.   Please see the Virginia Licensure Renewal Manual for a complete list of criteria for professional conferences. 

Previous Conference Information