Northern California Autism Symposium 2017

Northern California Autism Symposium 2017

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Over the past 10 years there has been an increase in children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Current CDC reports place the rate of children diagnosed with ASD in the US at 1:68. Though there continues to be new theories about what causes ASD, there is still no scientifically proven cause or cure. As a growing population of adults with ASD continue to share their experiences, there is a growing trend of ASD acceptance and culture. Regardless of the perspective of cure or acceptance, there are a variety of interventions, services and supports for individuals with ASD and their families.

Northern California has seen the same increase in ASD, but because of our rural location in the north state, we are removed from the research hubs of Sacramento, San Francisco and Los Angeles. The aim of this symposium is to bring a breadth of presenters from both inside and outside the north state to the individuals with ASD, their families, teachers and service providers. Oftentimes getting out to the bigger conferences is an impossible barrier—we’re hoping to eliminate that.

The program will include tracks for professionals and parents/guardians of ASD children, including several concurrent sessions, as well as a keynote speaker. If you are interested in submitting a proposal to be considered for presentation at the symposium please submit a proposal form by May 31, 2017.

Featured SpeakerJohn Elder Robison, Keynote Speaker at 2017 Northern California Autism Symposium, September 29

Our featured keynote speaker is John Elder Robison, New York Times best-selling author of several books on his life with Asperger’s Syndrome including Look Me in the Eye, and his latest memoir, Switched On. He grew up undiagnosed until the age of 40 and has lived an incredible life. His newest book describes how a powerful brain therapy has allowed him to sense others’ feelings, and claim a newfound emotional intelligence. A leading voice on ASD, he encourages his audiences to find strengths where others see weaknesses.

Conference Schedule

We are currently seeking speakers for the symposium. If you are interested in presenting on current interventions, services or supports for individuals with ASD and their families, please complete our online form below no later than May 31, 2017.

Day 1

8am Registration & Coffee
9am Welcome
9:30–10:30am Concurrent Session 1
10:45–11:45am Concurrent Session 2
Lunch on your Own
1–2pm Concurrent Session 3
2:15–3:15pm Concurrent Session 4



Friday ~ Keynote Presentation

3:30–4:30pm Keynote by John Elder Robison

Day 2

9am Registration & Coffee
10–11am Concurrent Session 1
11:15am–12:15pm Concurrent Session 2
Lunch on your Own
1:30–2:30pm Concurrent Session 3
2:45–3:45pm Concurrent Session 4


Professional Development:

CSU, Chico will offer professional development credit for this conference. Please stay tuned for details.


Registration by phone is now open. Please call 530-898-6105. We’ll open online registration once the schedule is finalized. If you’d like an email reminder from us when registration opens, please add your name to the list (at right) and we’ll be in touch.