Join us for the Midwest Regional Summit!
We invite you to attend the next stop for the 2011 Autism NOW Regional Summits! We will be at the Westin in Downtown Indianapolis, Indiana, on June 25-26, 2011. Register early. Space is limited.
This free regional summit offers us a chance to celebrate the local and regional autism and intellectual and developmental disability community. This event also offers us the chance to share information and resources and to help build and further relationships between families, self-advocates, stakeholders, professionals, and people who are on the autism spectrum or have an intellectual or developmental disability.
Summit Highlights Include
- interactive discussions and town hall meetings for families, people on the spectrum, and professionals to discuss the meaning of and the future of the autism community;
- mini-breakout sessions by several local and regional experts in topics relating to autism;
- cultural/art displays by local organizations that celebrate the autism and intellectual and developmental disability community;
- presentations from professionals and self-advocates about their Vision of the Future for themselves and their loved ones;
- real-time chat options for people who cannot attend in person as well as for people at the conference who feel more comfortable using Internet-based communication; and
- real-time closed captioning of all summit events and sensory-friendly spaces, lighting, and sound systems for people who may have sensory or auditory processing challenges.
The Autism NOW Center, funded by the Administration on Developmental Disabilities and a national initiative of The Arc, gathers, organizes, and disseminates high-quality resources and information related to community-based services that support independent living and self-determination, treatment protocols that promote community-based experiences, and evidence-based interventions. As a result, the unique voices and perspectives of the autism and intellectual and developmental disability community are critical to Autism NOW’s ability to identify what information and resources are really needed in the community.
Whether you are a self-advocate, a person on the spectrum or with intellectual or developmental disabilities, a parent or family member, a professional, a support staff, or a stakeholder, your presence is crucial at our regional summits to identify how we can better serve the autism and intellectual and developmental disability community and to determine the future of the Autism NOW Center.