2020 Special Needs Conferences and Seminars for Professionals and Families

The following are upcoming special needs and developmental disability conferences and seminars for the year. The conferences include annual meetings, specialty conferences and professional development courses. Click on the highlighted title to get further information.


27th Annual Florida Statewide Card Autism Conference
Date: January 17-19, 2020
Location: Orlando, Fl.

Annual Autism conference for families, educators, professionals and autistic adults.

ICADD International Conference on Autism and Developmental Disorders
Date: January 30-31, 2020
Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

CASP The Council of Autism Service Providers Annual Conference
Date: January 13-14, 2020
Location: Scottsdale, AZ

7th Annual Conference on Depression, Anxiety and Stress Management
Date: January 20-21, 2020
Location: Barcelona, Spain

Autism Spectrum Disorder Across the Life Span
Date: January 11, 2020
Location: Boston, MA

DADD 21st International Conference on Autism, Intellectual Disability and Developmental Disabilities
Date: January 22, 2020
Location: Sarasota, FL

Future Horizon
An Evening with Temple Grandin
Date: January 28, 2020
Location: Atlanta, GA

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


Council for Exceptional Children
February 5-8, 2020
Portland, Oregon

DFW Autism Conference
Date: February 6-7, 2020
Location: Hurst, TX

Autism Conference and Training
Date: February 7-8, 2020
Location: Vancouver, BC

Special Needs Planning Symposium
Date: February 7-9, 2020
Location: Napa, CA

Future Horizon
An Evening with Temple Grandin
Date: February 11, 2020
Location: Oklahoma City, OK

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

Future Horizon
An Evening with Temple GrandinDate: Lubbock, TX
Location: February 17, 2020

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

Learning Disabilities Association 57th Annual International Conference
Date: February 17-20, 2020
Location: Orlando, FL

National Autistic Society- Autism Professional Conference
Date: February 27-28, 2020
Location: Birmingham, London

19th Annual Alabama Autism Conference
Date: February 28, 2020
Location: Tuscaloosa, AL

2nd European Autism Congress
Date: February 28-29
Location: Budapest, Hungary


Professional Development and Parent Seminars
Date: March 5, 2020
Location: Albany, New York

Autism Conference and Training
Date: March 5-6, 2020
Location: Edmonton, AB

Southern Maine Autism Conference
Date: March 7, 2020 8am- 4pm
Location: South Portland, ME

2020 Autism Matters Conference
Date: March 20, 2020
Location: Orange Beach, AL

Autism Through the Life Span
Date: March 21, 2020 8:45-4:30
Location: Li Ka Shing Conference Center
291 Campus Drive, Stanford University

Autism Society National Conference
2020 Disability Policy Seminar
Date: March 23-25, 2020
Location: Washington, DC

11th Annual Honestly Autism Day
Date: March 28, 2020
Location: Hunt Valley, MD


Autism Conference and Training
Date: April 2-3, 2020
Location: Ottawa, ON

Nebraska ASD Network State Conference
Date: April 2-3, 2020
Location: Lincoln, NE

Autism Conference and Training
Date: April 16-17, 2020
Location: Halifax, NS

International Conference on Physical Disability Treatments and Therapies
Date: April 23-23, 2020
Location, New York, NY

Autism Converge Autism Summit 2020
Date: April 23-25, 2020
Location: Greenville, SC

Autism Society of Greater Wisconsin 31st Annual Conference
Date: April 30- May 2, 2020
Location: Wisconsin Dells, WI


International Society for Autism Research
Date: May 6-9, 2020
Location: Seattle, Washington

Autism Conference and Expo Georgia
Date: May 13-14, 2019
Location: Georgia State University
Atlanta, GA


American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Date: 1-4, 2020
Location: Pittsburg, PA

Autism Research Conference
Date: June 4
Location: New York, NY

National Autism Conference
Milestones Autism Resources
Date: June 11-12, 2020
Location: Cleveland, OH

European Academy of Childhood Disabilities
Date: June 17-20, 2020
Location: Poznan, Poland

48th Annual National Down Syndrome Congress Convention
Date: June 25-28, 2020
Location: June 25-28, 2020


National Association of QDIP’s Annual Conference
Date: August 4-7
Location: New Orleans, Lousiana


American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine Annual Meeting
Date: September 22-26, 2020
New Orleans, Louisiana


Autism New Jersey Annual Conference
Date: October 15-16, 2020
Location: Atlantic City, N.J.

Council for Learning Disabilities
Date: October 15-16
Location: Richmond, VA


Annual 32nd International Conference on ADHD
Date: November 5-7
Location: Dallas, Texas


2020 CPISRA Conference on Physical Activity and Health for People with Cerebral Palsy or Acquired Brain Injury
Date: December 4-6, 2020
Location: Sydney, Australia

AAIDD 2017 Conference

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The American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities will be holding its 141st annual meeting on June 26thru June 29th in Hartford, Connecticut. The theme for the conference is “Promoting Health and Wellness.”

Registration fees are the following:

Registration Type
        Early Bird    
 before or on June 1st 
Beginning June 2nd 
 Member General Registration*  $355  $375
 Non Member General Registration  $505  $549
 Full Time Student Registration  $220 $235
 Retiree/Self-Advocate/Family Member $220 $235
 Member One-Day Registration  $230  $245
 Non Member One-Day Registration  $260  $280
 Pre and Post Conference Sessions** $45  $45

*The general registration fee entitles you to attend all AAIDD Annual Meeting sessions and events held on Tuesday, 6/27 and Wednesday, 6/28.
** Pre and Post conference sessions are 3 hours sessions held on Monday, 6/26 and Thursday, 6/29 and are optional.

AAIDD Corporate Members- If your organization is a Corporate member, you’ll get 20% discount on registration fees for employees at AAIDD annual meetings.

Sibling Leadership Network Conference

AAIDD is pleased to host the national meeting of our partner organization on June 24-25, 2017 in Hartford.  You’ll be able to register for this meeting through the AAIDD registration link as well.

         Registration Fee $125      

For program information about this conference, please visit: http://siblingleadership.org/2017-sln-conference/

Click here for additional information

National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities

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Through the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000, created the State Councils on Developmental Disabilities which serves to coordinate and provide services for individuals with developmental disabilities. In the United States, there are 56 councils focusing on advocacy, systems change, and capacity building.

Executive Director: Elmyra Jones-Banks
Phone: 334-242-3973

Executive Director: Patrick Reinhart
Phone: 907-269-8990

American Samoa
Executive Director: Norma Smith
Phone: 684-633-2696

Executive Director: Erica McFadden
Phone: 602-542-8977

Executive Director: Eric Munson
Phone/TDD: 501-682-2897

Executive Director: Aaron Carruthers
Phone: 916-322-8481

Executive Director: Marcia Tewell
Phone/TDD: 720-941-0176

Commonwealth of the
Northern Mariana Islands
Executive Director: Pamela Sablan
Phone: 670-664-7000/1

Executive Director: Melissa Marshall
Phone: 860-418-6160

Executive Director: Pat Maichle
Phone: 302-739-3333

District of Columbia
Executive Director: Mat McCollough
Phone: 202-724-8612

Executive Director:Valerie Breen
Phone: 850-488-4180

Executive Director: Eric Jacobson
Phone: 888-275-4233

Executive Director: Roseanna Ada
Phone: 671-735-9127

Executive Director: Waynette Cabral
Phone: 808-586-8100

Executive Director: Christine Pisani
Phone: 208-334-2178 or

Executive Director: Kim Mercer
Phone: 312-814-2080

Executive Director: Christine Dahlberg
Phone: 317-232-7770

Executive Director: Becky Harker
Phone: 800-452-1936

Executive Director: Steve Gieber
Phone: 785-296-2608

Executive Director: MaryLee Underwood
Phone: 502-564-7841

Executive Director: Sandee Winchell
Phone: 225-342-6804

Executive Director: Nancy Cronin
Phone: 207-287-4213

Executive Director: Brian Cox
Phone: 410-767-3670

Executive Director: Dan Shannon
Phone: 617-770-7676

Executive Director: Vendella Collins
Phone: 517-335-3158

Executive Director: Colleen Wieck
Phone: 651-296-4018

Executive Director: Charles Hughes
Phone: 601-359-6238

Executive Director: Vicky Davidson
Phone: 573-751-8611

Executive Director: Deborah Swingley
Phone: 406-443-4332
Fax: 406-443-4192

Executive Director: Kristen Larson
Phone: 402-471-2330

Executive Director: Sherry Manning
Phone: 775-684-8619

New Hampshire
Executive Director: Isadora Rodriguez-Legendre
Phone: 603-271-3236

New Jersey
Executive Director: Kevin Casey
Phone: 609-292-3745

New Mexico
Executive Director: John Block III
Phone: 505-841-4519

New York
Executive Director: Sheila Carey
Phone: 518-486-7505

North Carolina
Executive Director: Chris Egan
Phone/TDD: 919-850-2901

North Dakota
Executive Director: Julie Horntvedt
Phone: 701-328-4847

Executive Director: Carolyn Knight
Phone: 614-466-5205

Executive Director: Ann Trudgeon
Phone:  405-521-4984

Executive Director: Jaime Daignault
Phone: 503-945-9941

Executive Director: Graham Mulholland
Phone: 717-787-6057

Puerto Rico
Executive Director: Myrainne Roa
Phone: 787-722-0590

Rhode Island
Executive Director: Kevin Nerney
Phone: 401-737-1238

South Carolina
Executive Director: Valarie Bishop
Phone: 803-734-0465

South Dakota
Executive Director: Arlene Poncelet
Phone: 605-773-6369

Executive Director: Wanda Willis
Phone: 615-532-6615

Executive Director: Beth Stalvey
Phone: 512-437-5432

Executive Director: Claire Mantonya
Phone/TDD: 801-533-3965

Executive Director: Kirsten Murphy
Phone: 802-828-1310

Virgin Islands
Executive Director: Yvonne Peterson
Phone: 340-773-2323 Ext. 2137

Executive Director: Heidi Lawyer
Phone: 804-786-0016

Executive Director: Ed Holen
Phone: 360-586-3560

West Virginia
Executive Director: Steve Wiseman
Phone: 304-558-0416

Executive Director: Beth Swedeen
Phone: 608-266-7826

Executive Director: Shannon Buller
Phone: 307-777-7230


2017 Autism Conferences

Hi Everyone!

It that time again for the yearly upcoming autism conference listings. The conferences listed are specifically on the topic of autism spectrum disorder. The conferences vary from 1-day seminars to 3-day sessions and keynote speakers. Some of the conferences focus on parents and people with autism, while others are geared specifically for researchers and educators.


When you click on the highlighted links, you will find additional information on the costs, location, hotels and detailed information on each conference..


Date: January 13

Future Horizons

Autism One Day Conference
The River Center
136 E. 3rd Street
Davenport, IA 52801

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

Date: January 18-20

Council for Exceptional Children, Division on Autism and Developmental Disabilities

18th International Conference on Autism, Intellectual Disability and Developmental Disabilities
Sheraton Sand Key Resort
1160 Gulf Blvd
Clearwater Beach, FL 33767

Featured sessions on post-secondary initiatives, differentiating instruction in the inclusive classroom, sexuality education and managing challenging behaviors.

Date: January 21-22

Massachusetts General Hospital

Autism Spectrum Disorders Across The Life Span
The Westin Conley Place
10 Huntington Avenue

Conference offers a broad review of advances in ASD research, genetics, diagnostic tools and treatments.

Date: January 31- February 2

Association for Behavior Analysis International
11th Annual Autism Conference
Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel and Casino
San Juan, Puerto Rico

This conference will focus on behavioral assessment and intervention across the life span of autism.


Date: February 9-10

The Matthew Reardon Center for Autism
305 Fahm Street
Savannah, GA 31401


Date: March 18

9th Annual Southern Main Autism Conference
Doubletree Hotel
363 Maine Mall Rd.
Portland, ME 04106

A one-day conference for parents and family members of children with autism, educators and service providers

Date: March 26-27

19th International Conference on Autism
NH Collection Madrid
Padre Damian 23 28036
Madrid, Spain

Aims to bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results on all aspects of Autism. It also provides a premier interdisciplinary platform for researchers, practitioners and educators to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, and concerns as well as practical challenges encountered and solutions adopted in the fields of Autism


Date: April 26-29

22nd Annual Minnesota Autism Conference
Doubletree Minneapolis

A 3-day conference for educators, parents, caregivers, mental health professionals, service providers and people on the spectrum.

Date: April 28

Center for Advancement of Behavior Analysis
CABA Autism Conference
Seal Beach
Old Ranch Company Club
3901 Lampson Avenue
Seal Beach, CA 90740

A conference on autism for behavior analysis, educators, psychologists, speech language pathologists and parents.


Date: May 3-4

Autism Conference and Expo of Georgia 2017
Loudermilk Conference Center
40 Courtland Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30303

The conference theme is, ‘Innovation to Action: Connecting the Pieces with Practical Strategies.’ This conference is intended for professionals, parents and self-advocates.

Date: May 10-13

International Society for Autism Research
Marriott Marquis Hotel
San Francisco, CA

An annual scientific meeting, convened each spring, to exchange and disseminate new scientific progress among ASD scientists.


Date:July 12-15

49th Annual Autism Society National Conference

The Wisconsin Center
400 W. Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53203

Will include session, keynote addresses and social events for individuals, families, educators, caregivers and service providers on concrete strategies that allow people to interact with one another and the world on their terms.


Date:August 24-25

U.S. Autism and Asperger Association
12th Annual World Conference
Location: TBA (To Be Announced)

Conference open to anyone interested in learning more about autism, Asperger’s and related disorders including parents/families, caregivers, adults with ASD, employers, educators, professionals, agencies, and self-advocated.


Date:September 7-9

Asia Pacific Autism Conference, 2017
International Convention Centre
14 Darling Dr,
Sydney NSW 2009,

National Conference on Special Needs Trusts

ST. PETERSBURG BEACH, FLORIDA: 2010 Special Needs Trust Conference presented by the Stetson University College of Law at the Don Cesar. Photos by Matt May/Stetson College of Law

On October 19-21, 2016, the National Conference on Special Needs Trusts and Special Needs Planning will present a conference on Special Needs Trusts. A Pre-conference will be held, October 19, 2016 on tax issues in special needs planning.

The conference will be held:
The Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort and Golf Club
St. Petersburg, Florida

You can learn more about the conference here

Abilities Expo

Abilities Expo will be coming to Boston, MA, from September 16th thru the 18th. The mission of the expo is to bring necessary products and services together under one roof for the community of people with disabilities, caregivers and healthcare professionals.

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Workshops include, Living with Chronic Pain, Wheelchair Accessible Travel, Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities plus more. Events include, Acupressure for Stress Release, Adaptive Gaming Pavilion and an Assistive Technology Showcase.

Registration is free and will be held at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Hall C.

Dates and Times

September, 16th- Friday- 11am -5pm
September 17th- Saturday- 11am-5pm
September 18th- Sunday- 11am-4pm

For detailed information, Click Here

The Southwest Conference on Disability

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

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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 



Upcoming Events

Abilities Expo

Each year, Abilities Expo serves the community of people with disabilities, their families, caregivers, seniors and healthcare professionals by bringing products and services to a number of cities. The Expo includes workshops, events and exhibitions. Registration is free

New York

Date: April 29-May 1, 2016
Location: New Jersey Convention and Expo
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Chicago Expo

Date: June 24-26, 2016
Location: Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center
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Houston Expo

Date: August 5-7, 2016
Location: NRG Center (Formerly Reliant Center), Hall E
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Boston Expo

Date: September 16-18, 2016
Location: The Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Hall C
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Bay Area

Date: November 18-20, 2016
Location: San Jose Convention Center
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DC Metro Expo

Date: December 2-4, 2016
Location: Dulles Expo Center
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March Upcoming Events

March 5, 2016

Visions of Community
Federation for Children with Special Needs
Seaport World Trade Center, Boston
For More Information: www.fcsn.org

March 11, 2016

Transporting Students with Disabilities and Preschoolers
Conference and Trade Show
Galt House Hotel
Louisville, KY
For More Information: www.stnoline.com

March 18, 2016

2016 Statewide Disabilities Conference
Asians and Pacific Islanders with Disabilities of California (ARIDC)
Westin Pasadena Hotel
For More Information: Statewide Disabilities Conference


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.