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2nd Annual Alaska Autism Conference

October 5th & 6th
Fairbanks, Alaska Pioneer Park

Michelle Garcia Winner
Keynote Speaker

Download the speaking abstracts for an overview of the keynote presentations. 

Michelle Garcia Winner, MA, CCC, is a speech-language pathologist who specializes in the treatment of students with social thinking challenges, including diagnoses of autism, Asperger Syndrome, ADHD, PDD and non-verbal learning disorder.

Winner's pioneering practical assessment and treatment strategies can easily be used by parents, paraprofessionals and professionals. Her work regarding social thinking is becoming the base from which instructional programs are developed across the U.S. and internationally, influencing a range of professions: education, counseling, speech and language therapy and behavioral teachings. Download our conference flyer to help us spread the word.


Thursday October 5th 

7:30 am - Registration Opens

8:30 am - Michelle Garcia Winner Keynote Presentation  

10:15 am - Break

12:00 - 12:45 - Lunch

2:15 pm - Break

3:30 pm - Michelle Garcia Winner day one Keynote Ends 

4:30 pm Exhibit Booth Exploration 

Michelle Garcia Winner 

8:30 am – 3:30 pm

Topic: Implementing Social Thinking Concepts and Vocabulary: A Day to Develop Team Collaboration ( 5 - young adult )

Learn over 20 unique Social Thinking Strategies and three core Treatment Frameworks! Help individuals advance their ability to understand the social context and tailor their behaviors accordingly. Help individuals improve their social observational skills, learn core Social Thinking Vocabulary concepts to encourage  social communicative competence to work better in groups, and share an imagination to better understand and respond to others. Discover tools for teaching self-regulation, executive functioning, emotional understanding and theory of mind/perspective taking. Work in teams to develop lesson plans to implement new strategies in your home, clinic, or classroom the very next day. People love this hands-on, engaging workshop! 

**Michelle Garcia Winner will join us at the Roundup Steakhouse from 7-9 for a ticketed beer & wine tasting**

Friday October 6th

7:30 am Registration opens

8:30 am - 10:00 am Michelle Garcia Winner Keynote Presentation

10:00 - 10:15 Break

10:15 - 11:30 Session 1

11:30 - 11:45 Break

11:45 - 1 Session 2

1:00 - 1:45 Lunch

1:45 - 3:00 Session 3

3:00 - 3:15 Break

3:15 - 4:30 Session 4

4:30 - 5:00 Exhibit Booth Exploration 

Michelle Garcia Winner  

8:30 am to 10:00 am

Topic: Focusing on Teens and Adults with Subtle but Significant Social Learning Needs

Explore how to help teens and adults with diagnosis such as ASD, Asperger’s Syndrome, ADHD, Twice Exceptional, etc. who have more “subtle but significant” social learning challenges learn to establish and manage their own public relations and self-management campaigns. We will also discuss related mental health challenges such as social anxiety. Strategies to encourage motivation and guide learning about one’s own executive functioning, perspective of self and others, friendship and the subtleties of social communication will be reviewed with case studies, related video, and hands-on lessons.

Breakout Sessions

Session 1 

10:15 - 11:30

Feel at Home: Unlock the Door to Healthy Living and Leisure

Amiee C. Smith, M.A: Alaska Autism Resource Center

Palace Theater

Alphabet Soup: ABA, BCBA, RBT and EPSDT (Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Behavior Analysis and How Medicaid is Going to Cover It.)

Christie Reinhardt, Program Coordinator II: The Governor's Council on Disabilities & Special Education

 Exhibit Hall

Session 2 

11:45 - 1:00

Microenterprise Grant Application Process

Larrisa Cummings, Microenterprise Grant Fund Administrator: UAA Center for Human Development

Palace Theater

Functional Neurological Interventions for Autism

Dr. Daniel Costello, DC: Alaska Brain and Spine

Exhibit Hall


1:00 - 1:45 

Food Truck available for onsite purchase: Spice it up

Life Animated - Showing of a Brilliant Documentary both days during lunch

Session 3 

1:45 - 3:00 

What Can I Choose? Exploring Devices and Equipment Commonly Used to Influence Sensory Needs

Derrick Cannon, PT, DPT & Traci Roon, PT: Building Blocks

Palace Theater

Living Puzzled: How Being Autistic has Shaped My Purpose in Life

Heidi Lieb-Wiliams: Speaker/Self Advocate, Mom, Self Employed Entrepreneur, Actress & Aspiring Filmmaker

Exhibit Hall

Session 4 

3:15 - 4:30

Building Emotional Awareness and Regulation Skills for Children who Experience Autism

Matthew Sena, MS LPC. & Bill Couthran, Psy.D.: Hope Counseling Center
Palace Theater

The New Dr. Brennan is a Woman and ECHO is a Community? What in the World is Going on in Public Health and What Does This Have to do With Me?

Christie Reinhardt, Coordinator II: The Governor's Council on Disabilities & Special Education

Exhibit Hall

CEU & ASHA Credit Approved Conference

We are excited to announce this conference is offering CEUs & ASHA credit. 

Download the CEUs & ASHA details to learn how to apply.

 Exhibit Booth Applications

The Alaska Autism Conference hosted by the Autism Society of Alaska offers an unique opportunity for individuals with autism, professionals, educators, family members, and caregivers to network. As an exhibitor, you will interact with attendees that work with individuals of all ages along the full spectrum of autism. Exhibitors will gain from making face-to- face connections with those enthusiastically interested in networking and learning about products, resources, and services that address the needs and enhance the lives of individuals that experience autism.

Download our exhibit booth application to join our conference today. 

Scholarship: Status Closed

Autism Society of Alaska sponsored 10 people affected by autism to attend the conference.

Alaska Governors Council sponsored three people to attend the conference.

13 people affected by autism are able to attend the conference without a registration cost! 

Travel Accommodations

We have set up a block room booking for the convenience of those traveling to attend the conference.

Hotel: Best Western Pioneer Park Inn

A message from the hotel:
When booking rooms they have until September 29th or the rooms will be released for the regular rate.
When calling to make a reservation they can reference the Autism Society and/or the dates they would like to reserve for, they can also reference the group ID which is 1253.
The rooms include a free hot extended breakfast, airport shuttle, indoor heated pool, business center that is 24 hours, on-site laundry facilities and free Wi-Fi throughout the entire hotel.
We are also directly behind Pioneer Park, just a quick 5-10 minute walk and the event attendees will be right there!

Conference Breakout Session Presentations

 Call for Papers: Status Closed

The Autism Society of Alaska is seeking high quality proposals addressing a full range of issues facing individuals living with autism and their families. 

Download our call for papers document for more details on how to apply. 


Sponsorship provides you with an opportunity to align your organization with a premier autism conference for parents and professionals and show your support of Autism in Alaska. We offer a variety of categories to meet your budget and outreach needs. We will be happy to work with you to tailor a customized sponsorship plan for your company. 

Download our sponsorship document for more details on how to partner with us.

Total Sponsorship Income: $18,100

$5,000  Diamond Sponsor

$2500-$4999 Platinum

 $1000-$2499 Gold

 $500-$999 Silver

 $250-$499 Bronze