Saturday, October 15, 2022 

*Original artwork by Shane Tarkington

This conference will be hybrid, with most 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 are strongly recommended for this event for all attendees. 

Conference Schedule

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