34th Annual Conference, October 26 & 27, Atlantic City, NJ

35th Annual Conference Call for Papers

Thank you for your interest in presenting; however, the Call for Papers for the 2017 Annual Conference is closed. Event information will be available shortly if you would like to sponsor, exhibit, advertise, or attend. Check back next January for our 2018 Call for Papers. 

Autism New Jersey's 34th Annual Autism Conference 
More than 1,250 attendees joined us for expert-led workshops and an impressive roster of exhibits -- both offering up-to-date information and strategies for parents and professionals. 

Autism New Jersey held its 34th Annual Conference on Thursday, October 27 and Friday, October 28.  The two-day conference offered 80 workshops on diverse topics ranging from instructional strategies to state service systems to advocacy, presented by experts in the field. Caregivers and professionals took advantage of information pertaining to individuals of all ages and varying abilities.

Highlights included welcome remarks from Senate President Steve Sweeney, a poster session of cutting-edge research, 99 exhibits offering valuable services and resources, networking possibilities, and many opportunities for support. 

A Special Thank You

The success of our annual conference would not have been possible without the support, dedication and hard work from all of the volunteers. Prior to the conference, teams of college students volunteered to assist with conference prep by printing handouts and CEUs and stuffing conference tote bags. On the days during the conference, approximately 20 new and veteran volunteers made the trip to help ensure a successful two days. 

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Conference Highlights

Senate President Steve Sweeney Address Conference Attendees

Autism NJ Executive Director Dr. Buchanan and Senate President Steve SweeneyAutism New Jersey was honored to welcome Senate President Steve Sweeney to deliver opening remarks at our 34th Annual Conference on October 27, 2016. Nearly 1,000 parents and professionals applauded as he reaffirmed his commitment to the developmental disability community, transition services, and sufficient funding for residential options throughout the state.

For more than 6 years as Senate President and several decades as a parent of a child with special needs, Steve Sweeney has been a true champion and supporter of the developmental disability community as well as Autism New Jersey and the work we do on behalf of individuals across the state.  

Dr. Mary Jane Weiss Delivers Keynote Presentation on Teaching Essential Skills

Mary Jane Weiss, Ph.D., BCBA-D delivered the keynote presentation on Thursday, October 27, 2016. Her presentation, Essential Skills and How to Teach Them: A Lifelong Perspective, addressed the need for specialized instruction to acquire skills to ensures efficiency in our teaching and measurement of progress.

Dr. Weiss' presentation went on to discuss the importance of selecting key skills and intervention methods that are essential to the individual's success: Are we teaching learners the skills they most need to navigate their next environments, have meaningful relationships with others, and achieve the highest possible quality of life? 

Dr. Weiss explained how goals must shift with the age, skills, and interests of the individual as well as creative solutions for maximizing individualized planning, independence, and collaboration. 

SWIM TEAM Movie Screening

On the heels of its film festival world premiere, and in advance of its release, Autism New Jersey was honored to host a screening of SWIM TEAM on Thursday, October 27. 

SWIM TEAM cast Michael, Kelvin and Robbie

In New Jersey, the parents of a son with autism take matters into their own hands. They form a competitive swim team, recruiting multiethnic teens with autism and training them with high expectations and zero pity. What happens next alters the course of the boys’ lives. SWIM TEAM chronicles the extraordinary rise of the Jersey Hammerheads, capturing a moving quest for inclusion, independence and a life that feels winning.  For more information about the film, visit www.swimteamthefilm.com 

Thank you to our 2016 Sponsors

Tote Bag Sponsor

 Keynote Sponsor



Lanyard Sponsor

Safety Workshops Sponsor

Notepad Sponsor

  Research Poster Sponsor



Thank You to our 2016 Anthony E. Meyer Scholarship Fund Sponsors 

Bayer’s HOPE Employee Resource Group





Friends and Family 

  • Anonymous

  • The Bar Yaacov Family

  • The Cioffi Family

  • The Fefferman Family

  • The Hudes Family
  • Joseph Simontacchi
  • Kathleen Moore

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