Disability Integration Act


The Disability Integration Act (DIA) of 2017 is a bill introduced by Charles “Chuck” Schumer (D-NY) in the health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. The purpose of the bill is to prohibit states or local government that provide institutional placements for people with disabilities who require long term assistance prohibits insurance services from denying community-based services which would allow people to live independently in the community.

Community-based services must be offered to individuals prior to placement in institutions. People that are living in institutions must be notified regularly of community-based alternatives.

This bill was introduced May 16, 2017.

World Cerebral Palsy Day

Today is World Cerebral Palsy Day, not just a way to bring awareness, but to create a movement among people with cerebral palsy, their families and the organizations that support them.

Held in over 50 countries, World Cerebral Palsy (CP) Day is an opportunity for people to take action by creating a global movement for change.

What can you do?

The goal of World CP Day is to encourage people to take action in six-key areas:

  1. Public awareness- putting an end to ignorance and the stigma it can create.
  2. Civil rights- ensuring that government officials at the local, regional, and national level will take concrete action
  3. Medical/Therapeutic- ensuring the best information for diagnoses, prevention and treatment is available.
  4. Quality of Life- ensuring that people with cerebral palsy find enjoyment and fulfillment in life.
  5. Education- helping all educators provide an education to members of the cerebral palsy community
  6. Contribution- making sure each person has the ability to contribute to society.

Oh, and don’t forget to tweet using the hashtag #WorldCPDay


What is cerebral palsy?- Infographic

Cerebral Palsy Diagnosis and Treatment Infographic

The Southwest Conference on Disability

The Conference will be held between October 5 and October 7, 2016.

southwest conference

Entitled, “Reducing Disparities  for People with Disabilities Through System Change”, the conference will include sessions on inclusion, peer mentoring and smoking cessation for people with developmental disabilities.

A one day pre-summit workshop for lawyers will be held on Thursday, October 6, 2016 which is led by the Autism Speaks Legal Resource Center.

On October 7th, there will be a joint programming with sessions on autism from both Autism Speaks and the Southwest Conference. The session begins at 8:30am.

Early Bird Registration : September 5th, 2016. The conference will be held at the Albuquerque Convention Center. For more information, Click here 



2016 Autism Conferences



Association for Behavior Analysis International

10th Annual Autism Conference International
Theme: Research into Evidence-Based Practice
Date: January 18-20, 2016
Location: Hyatt Regency, New Orleans; New Orleans, LA

Conference will feature topics developed specifically for practitioners, scientists and parents of children with autism.


Council for Exceptional Children/Division on Autism and Developmental Disabilities

DADD 17th Annual International Conference on Autism, Intellectual Disabilities  and Developmental Disabilities
Date: January 20-22, 2016
Location: 1 Walkiki  Beach Resort and Spa
Honolulu, HI

The conference will integrate research and practice, reflecting the need for evidence-based and practice interventions within the field. The conference will feature more than 150 lectures and poster presentations.

Future Horizon, Inc.

Autism One Day Conference
Date: January 29, 2016
Location: Ramada Plaza Casper Hotel and Conference Center
Casper, WY

Features Renown Dr. Temple Grandin who will insights backed by research evidence and own experience.


Future Horizons, Inc.

Autism One Day Conference
Date: February 5, 2016
Location: Rapid City, SD

Features Renown Dr. Temple Grandin who will insights backed by research evidence and own experience.

The Matthew Reardon Center for Autism

Autism Conference
Date: February 11-12, 2016
Location: Coastal Georgia Center,
3015 Fahm Street
Savannah, GA

Conference will feature autism training and resources for law enforcement, emergency responders, parents, educators, caregivers and the autism community. Dr. Temple Grandin will be a featured speaker.

Behavior Analysis Association of Michigan

BAAM 30th Annual Convention
Date: February 18-19, 2016
Location: Eastern Michigan University/Student Center
Ypsilanti, MI

A multi-track, session oriented, academic and professional meeting.


Nebraska ASD Network

13th Annual Conference
Date: April 7-8, 2016
Location: Embassy Suites
La Vista, NE

University of New Mexico-Center for Development and Disability

Imagine Autism Conference
Theme: Remembering the Past-Looking to the Future
Date: April 7-8, 2016
Location: Sandia Resort and Conference Center
Albuquerque, NM

Focus will be on transition to adulthood, early childhood, communication, social and behavioral topics. for families, school staff, agencies, community organizations and people with autism.

Autism Society of Wisconsin

27th Annual Conference
Date: April 7-9, 2016
Location: Kalahari Resorts and Convention Center
Wisconsin Dells

Asperger Autism Spectrum Education Network (ASPEN)

Aspen’s Spring Conference
Date: April 10, 2016
Location: 120 South Wood Avenue S.
Iselin, NJ

Center for Autism and Related Disabilities

10th Annual Statewide Autism Conference
Theme:Supporting Inclusion, Relationships, and Learning for Students with Autism
Date: April 15, 2016
Location: Radisson Hotel Rochester Riverside
Rochester, NY


St. Amant

Canadian Conference on Developmental Disabilities and Autism
Theme: Explore. Connect. Learn. Inspire.
Date: May 4-5, 2016
Location: Victorian Inn Hotel and Convention Centre
Winniepeg, Manitoba

Focus is on practical strategies and information that will allow professionals, paraprofessionals and decision-makers to better support they people they serve.

International Society for Autism Research (INSAR)

IMFAR Annual Meeting
Date: May 11-14, 2016
Location: Baltimore Convention Center
Baltimore, MD

Annual scientific meeting convened each spring to exchange and disseminate new scientific progress.


Milestone Autism Resources

Milestones Autism Conferences
Theme: Life-long strategies for success
Date: June 16-17, 2016
Location: Mayfield Hts, OH

An annual conference that brings family members and leading experts in the field of autism together to share evidence-based practical strategies and best practices


Autism Society

47th Annual Autism Society National Conference
Theme: Connect, Learn, Advocate & Thrive
Date(s):July 13, 2016- Preconference
July 14-16, 2016
Location: New Orleans Marriott
555 Canal Street
New Orleans, LA 70130

The conference represents one of the largest gathering of autism families, service providers, educators and policy makers


Penn State National Autism Conference
Date: August 1-4, 2016
Location-To Be Announce

Education Service Center, Region 2

24th Annual Texas Autism Conference
Date: August 4-5, 2016
Location: Wyndham San Antonio Riverwalk Hotel

The goal is to provide parents, educators, and campus leadership with strategies, resources, tools and evidence-based practices.

U.S. Autism and Aspergers Association World Conference
Date: August 18-20, 2016
Location: To Be Announce


OMICS International

2nd Annual International Conference on Autism
Theme: Understanding Autistic Mind and Accelerating the Recovery
Date: September 15-16, 2016
Location: Phoenix , AZ

Brings together worldwide distinguish scholars and academies in the field of neuroscience and neurology, public health, professionals and scientists

National Autistic Society

XI Autism- Europe Conference
Theme: Happy, healthy and empowered
Date: September 16-18, 2016
Location: Edinburg International Conference Centre
Edinburgh, Scotland

Dedicated to sharing advances in practical and scientific knowledge about autism to as wide an audience as possible including researchers, professionals, parents and self-advocates.




Happy Holidays!



Special Needs Resource Blog will take a break during the holidays and will return Monday, January 4, 2016 with new information, tools and resources to post including more downloadable free tools and templates Monday thru Thursday. I am excited and look forward to sharing more resources with you in the new year.
Thanks to all of you for following my blog this year. Wishing you and your families joy and peace all through the holidays and throughout the new year. May the spirit of the holidays be with you throughout the new year.  🙂   🙂