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2021 Northern California Autism Symposium

4th Annual Symposium

We were excited to return and connect again this year, even though the program was a bit different...a single-day simultaneously attended by both live-online and in-person audiences. What was not different, however, was the dedication and expertise of our presenters who shared resources, information, and case studies. All sessions were recorded and are available to purchase and view at your convenience.

The Program

View the Symposium Program pdf for session descriptions and presenter bios.


Building a Better Workforce for Autistic Individuals
Betina Wildhaber, CSU, Chico & John Marble, Pivot Neurodiversity
Why Inclusion Matters
Beth Foraker ~ UC Davis SEED (Supported Education to Elevate Diversity) Scholars Program & Robin Stewart, UC Davis ECHO Autism Program
Utilizing Core Competencies on Disability for Healthcare Education
Doreen Bestolarides, Registered Nurse and Advocate for Families and Hospitalized Patients with Developmental Disabilities
Let's Talk About Sex - On the Spectrum
Tara Yarberry, Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Butte County Special Education Local Plan Area
Unpacking for the Journey Ahead: A Late Age Autism Diagnosis
J. David Hall, Founder & CEO of Life Guides for Autistics | Neuroguides
Plenary Presentation ~ The Autistic Teacher: Lessons Learned
Marcelle Ciampi

Plenary Session ~ Marcelle Ciampi

Photo of Marcelle CiampiNo typical or perfect brain in a jar exists...anywhere! The Autistic Teacher: Lessons Learned unpacks the three essential lessons learned over the past decade by Marcelle Ciampi, a former middle school teacher turned corporate educator and disability advocate, who is also a dyslexic Autistic. Together you’ll discover the makings of being an inclusive role model, the concept of ‘normalcy' in our neurodiverse world, and ways to create brave and safe places of true belonging in our communities.

Known and respected worldwide in the Autistic community for her writings under the name Samantha Craft, her advocacy work, and her heartfelt approach, Ciampi taps into her teacher-power to bring strategies and learnings to the forefront while adding a dash of creativity, zany humor, seriousness, and logic.

Fees & Registration

Register Today!

• Session Recordings Bundle: $50

Please allow 1-2 weeks for symposium recordings to be processed. You will be emailed instructions on how to access them.

Far Northern Regional Center Registration: FNRC clients should obtain an authorization number from your Service Coordinator and then complete your registration using our FNRC online form.

About the Northern California Autism Symposium

There continues to be an increase in children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Current data from the CDC reports that about 1 in 54 children has been identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), with occurrences across all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups. 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. The aim of this symposium is to bring speakers and trainers from both inside and outside the North State to present on interventions, services and supports available for individuals with ASD and their families.