Saturday, October 15, 2022 

*Original artwork by Shane Tarkington

This conference will be hybrid, with all lectures being available live online.  In person attendance includes snacks, lunch and interactive sessions and will be dependent on local county, state and Stanford Covid guidelines. Masks will be required for this event for all attendees. 

Registration fees:

Virtual Registration:

$25 (to help with administrative/conference fees)

$10 (to help with administrative costs)

$ 0 (financially challenged)

In Person Registration:

$50  (includes coffee, lunch and snacks, conference materials, sponsor tables as well as interactive sessions). Conference will be at Li Ka Shing Conference Center, Stanford, CA. Masks will be required for all participants. Please plan on arriving at 8:30am to allow extra time to park and walk from the main parking lots to the Li Ka Shing Conference Center, 291 Campus Drive, Stanford, CA 94304. Click on the link below for driving and parking directions to the conference center.

*limited in person scholarships available, please email us at for more information


Sessions noted as "classroom" are not available via the online portal.
The morning plenary sessions and 3 of the afternoon sessions are available with Spanish translation, in-person and virtually.
Please note that speakers and time slots are subject to change.
Some sessions will be videorecorded and available following the conference, TBD.

8:30am: Arrival and Registration

9:00-9:10am: Welcome 

Jill Escher, SFASA, Conference co-chair
Antonio Hardan, MD, Stanford Autism Center, Conference co-chair

9:10-10:30am Plenary Session 1: Housing Horizons

The Case for Choice: Different Models for Different Needs
Ashley Kim Weiss, National Coordinator, Together for Choice 

Building Homes People Can Afford
Tom Toronto, President, United Way Bergen County, New Jersey (appears via Zoom)

Best Practices for Planning & Designing IDD Housing 
Daniel Ho and Pamela Anderson-Brule, ABA Architects

Urban Housing in San Francisco
Ryan Berman, Shupin Community, JFCS

10:45am-12 noon: Plenary Session 2: Support and Treatment Horizons

California’s Autism/DD Policy Landscape
Teresa Anderson, Policy Director, Arc of California (appears via Zoom)

Key Considerations for the Assessment and Care of Individuals with Autism and Severe Intellectual Disability: A Provider and Parent Perspective
Tom Frazier, MD, Professor, Department of Psychology  John Carroll University, Former Chief Science Officer, Autism Speaks (appears via Zoom)

Transitioning to Self-Determined Services
Suzanne Francisco, advisory board member, SARC; David Grady, State Council on Developmental Disabilities

12 Noon-1pm: Lunch 

Visit with sponsors and info tables; period also features optional "real live chat rooms" in the classrooms with various moderators

1.00-1.50pm: Breakout Session 1

Estate Planning for Loved Ones with Special Needs
Kevin Urbatsch, attorney

Vocational and Day Programs for Autistic and I/DD Adults Incapable of Engaging in Competitive Employment
David Grady, State Council on Developmental Disabilities; Laura Noland and Jim Toohey, The Bay School

Complementary and Integrative Approaches to Autism Spectrum Disorder 
Robert Hendren, D.O., UCSF 

Classroom sessions:

Understanding Conservatorships
Alexis Lynch, Attorney at Law

START Services
Dylan Alto, CA START San Andreas

2.00-2.50pm Breakout Session 2

Financial Planning and Fiduciaries
Jon Elfin, Open Advisors, and Ellen Cookman, Cookman Law

Creating Homes for Adults with Developmental Disabilities
Dana Hooper, Executive Director, Life Services Alternatives

Psychopharmacological Interventions to Address Severe Behaviors 
Dr. Janani Venugopalakrishnan, Stanford University

Classroom sessions

Creating Accessory Dwelling Units for Adults with Autism/DD
Housing Choices, San Jose

The Four Pillars of Care Planning
Kyle Daniels, Hope Trust

3:00-3:50pm Breakout Session 3

Legal Planning and Conservatorship 
Lorna Drope, Special Needs Law Group

Wearable Technology for Health and Autism
Dr. Amir Bahmani, Stanford Lecturer and Director, Stanford Deep Data Research Computing Center

Working Together to Improve Oral Care
Inge Henderson, speech pathologist

Classroom sessions

SLS (Supported Living Services) — A Parent Perspective
Clare Meyerson, parent

Dos and Don'ts of Funding a Special Needs Trust
Ken Prodger, financial planner

Attendees must be fully vaccinated and are asked to wear masks indoors.

Previous Conferences

2021 Bay Area Adult Autism/DD Virtual Conference

2021 Bay Area Adult Autism/DD Conference Agenda

Sponsored by Stanford Autism Center & Autism Society San Francisco Bay Area

November 13th, 2021

9:00-9:15am: Welcome/ Introduction

9:15 -10:15 am: Session 1: Meaningful Behavioral Therapy for Optimal Functioning and Independence (panel w/ Q & A)

“Sustainable and long-term behavioral interventions for adults with autism/DD”, Chandni Patel, M.Ed., BCBA, San Francisco Peninsula Regional Manager, A.G.E.S Learning Solutions

“Promoting Functional Communication and Decreasing Challenging Behaviors”, Scott Hall, PhD, BCBA-D, Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University

"Introduction to TAGteach”, Anne Wormald, M.ADS, Board Certified Behavior Analyst, TAGteach

10:15-10:30 am: Q & A

10:30-10:45 am: Break

10:45-11:45 am: Session 2: Services during the pandemic (panel w/ Q &A)

Day program perspective”Madison Blanton, CEO, One Step Beyond

"East Bay perspective", Lisa Kleinbub, Executive Director, Regional Center of the East Bay

“Successfully reopening a school during a global pandemic”, Sadie Randle, M.Ed., School Director, PACE

"North Bay perspective", Gabriel Rogin, Executive Director, North Bay Regional Center

11:45-12:00pm Q & A

Noon – 1:00 pm: Lunch on your own, Musical performance by the College of Adaptive Arts’ Children’s Music Sing Along Troupe

1:00 -3:50 pm: Breakout sessions

1:00- 1:50 pm: Breakout session 1

A: “Insurance coverage for behavioral interventions for adults with autism/DD”, Chandni Patel, M.Ed., BCBA, San Francisco Peninsula Regional Manager, A.G.E.S. Learning Solutions
“Behavioral Intervention for Adults with ASD”, Christina Ardel, MA,BCBA and Victoria Stewart, MS, Clinical Care Coordinators, ESPA, Stanford University

B: “Homeless by Design: Why A Generation of Adults with Developmental Disabilities Faces Homelessness” Jan Stokley, Executive Director, Housing Choices

C: “Myths and Facts of Medication Treatments in Individuals on the Autism Spectrum”, Lawrence Fung, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences; Director of Stanford Neurodiversity Project

D: "Legal and Financial Planning Strategies for Special Needs Loved Ones”, Jon Elfin, Financial Planner, CRPC, MBA

1:50-2:00 pm: Break

2:00-2:50 pm: Breakout session 2

A: “Online Autism Therapy and New Resources to Support You Through the Pandemic and Beyond”, Tasha Oswald, PhD, Licensed Psychologist

B: “Accessing Public Benefits”, Steve Dale, Esq., LLM

C: “Enabling Technology to Support Independence”, Jason Ray, President, SimplyHome

2:50- 3:00 pm: Break

3:00- 3:50 pm: Breakout session 3

A: “Genetic Testing for Autism Spectrum Disorders”
Jon Bernstein, MD, PhD, Professor of Pediatrics (Genetics), Stanford University

B: “Cultivating Parent Wellbeing”, Mari Kurahashi, MD, Clinical Associate Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University and Linda Lotspeich, MD, Clinical Professor, Emerita, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University

C: “Strategies for Safe Interactions with Law Enforcement”, Dennis Debbaudt

3: 50 pm: End of the conference

Spanish interpreter – Lucy Navarro
Certified Spanish Interpreter & Translator

Resources from the 2021 sessions listed below.

2020 Bay Area Adult Autism/DD Virtual Conference