Upcoming Training Opportunities:

Autism Society’s 30th Annual ConferenceApril 11 – April 13


Autism 101

Session 1.7 | Friday, April 12th | 10:30- 11:45 am 

Presented by Tamara Laskowski, MSW, LCSW, Kimberly Schmidt, MS, LPC and Lisa Hoeme, MS, CRC, LPC

This is an introductory workshop that will focus on providing a deeper understanding of autism and how people with autism experience the world. Presenters will discuss common characteristics of autism, strategies for effectively supporting people on the spectrum, and other autism-related resources. This workshop will be based on recent research, first person accounts from those on the spectrum, and personal experiences from the practice of the presenters. You will leave this session with a greater understanding of how autism may impact how a person learns, interacts with others, and develops relationships.

Opening Doors: Increasing Inclusiveness and Building Capacity.  Effective partnerships between museums and the ASD community.

Session 2.6 | Friday, April 12th | 1:00 – 2:15 pm

Presented by Sandra Bonnici, Sharon Hammer, MS, LPC, Anneke Kingery and Heather Davis

Madison Children’s Museum and Imagine a Child’s Capacity will discuss the large initiative the museum undertook in order to understand and improve services and experiences for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Sensory Challenges. Attendees will learn how the museum listened, welcomed and co-created with a very large stakeholder community to create a more welcoming and inclusive experience which includes sensory friendly times, trainings, video resources and a national toolkit for all cultural institutions to assess and improve their spaces and experiences. Learn how to apply the lessons learned to any organization and community.