Date:  Wednesday, November 2, 2022 
Time:  8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Place: Homewood Church of Christ
         265 W Oxmoor Rd, Birmingham, AL 35209     

            ***     POWER SCHOOL CREDIT INFORMATION      ***                      
             COURSE NUMBER: (will be provided when received by State Dept.)-
"Unlocking the Mystery of Developmental Disorders"

Individual Prices=$   per person
Groups of 5 or more= $   per person
 ALL Purchase Order Registrations (including those groups of 5+)
 Registration for Individual(s) up to 4 (NOT Purchase Orders)
GROUPS OF 5+ (Not using a Purchase Order)
If you are interested in being an Exhibitor, plese contact Denise Gillespie:



Special Education Consultants & Conference Organizers' mission is working to "unlock the mystery" of developmental disabilities by providing current information and professional expertise that will empower parents and educators. 

This conference is designed to educate parents, teachers, and other professionals on critical issues associated with disabilities! Speakers will cover topics including special education law, behavior concerns and plans, transition options, first response advocacy/safety and managing compassion/fatigue.

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What others are saying....

"To say I enjoyed the conference today is an understatement! I was bombarded with knowledge and tidbits to assist my students to improve behavior and access the curriculum. I was very impressed with the fundamentals of Special Education Law. Leslie Allen was phenomenal! Sarah from UAB Sparks was amazing! As special education teachers we get so wrapped up in the behaviors we see on the surface forgetting the function or triggers that cause the behaviors. Laura Cole was inspiring! Her reminder of getting in the Awe-tism world and take the small steps to help bridge communication is core to improving language skills in all students.
I have saved the best for last, Dustin. I am amazed by his story and his dedication to changing the lives of others, heartwarming! I am not a sky diver yet but I am inspired to take risks.
I have called and emailed several other teachers and next year hope to represent (our) County Schools well at the conference!" Huntsville Conference, 2019

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Tentative Speaker Information  More coming when we get a date.


Keynote Speaker

Caroline Gomez

 Anna McConnell

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"Autism in Alabama"
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Ashley Perry Cawley

The ABCs of EBPs. Overview of Evidence-Based Practices for individuals with Autism and Developmental Disorders. (2 part session)

Presenting a comprehensive description of the current 27 evidence-based strategies (EBS) identified for individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities in order to better support and instruct those individuals (based on findings from the National Autism Professional Development Center on ASD and National Standards Support). Access to free training also provided.

Jerimie Goike

"Autism from a Personal Perspective- A Story of Beating the Odds and Winning"

Jerimie will be sharing a story of living with Autism and overcoming its challenges. He will also share how the benefits of early diagnosis and early intervention play a huge role in overcoming many of the challenges faced when diagnosed with Autism.

Sarah Ryan, Ph.D.

"Unique Aspects of Working with Adults with ASD"

This presentation will impart the unique characteristics of adults with ASD and how to adapt supports for this population.  She will also discuss various considerations regarding community participation and access to resources that often change as these individuals transition from high school to adulthood.

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Lauren Graham, BCBA, LBA  & Rachel Mills

"Capturing the Motivation to Communicate"

Lauren and Rachel will offer techniques to help foster communication by motivation and selecting the most appropriate.

Megan Davis, Ph.D.

"The College Transition for Individuals with ASD"

This presentation will discuss the differences in academic accommodations and support services between high school and college students as well as the parents’ role in the process. Strategies will also be presented to help individuals with ASD make a smooth transition to college life.

Dr. Whitney Wayne Meade

“Understanding Data Collection and Your Child’s IEP”

This session will introduce the various methods of data collection and how data should be used to facilitate the development of effective IEPs.

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Shonnie and Mike Wilson

"Autism in the Workplace"

This husband and wife team will discuss how hiring people on the spectrum has changed their business. They will also present ideas about what can be done for those on the spectrum to enter the workplace.

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Anne Walker

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Rebecca Weldon

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Marie Logan

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Sheena Gordan

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Lauren Smith

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7:30- 8:15 a.m.


12:15-12:45  p. m.

Break/Lunch Pickup

8:15-8:30 a.m.

 Cindy Nelson

8:30-9:45 a.m.


9:45-10:05 a.m.


12:45-1:45 p.m.


1:45-1:55 p.m.


1:55- 2:55 p.m.

10:05-11:05 a.m.


11:05-11:15 p.m.


2:55 p.m.

Dismissal/ Pick up Certificates 

11:15- 12:15 p.m.


CINDY NELSON: 205-356-7213


ALICE MURDOCH: 205-447-8594
DENISE GILLESPIE:  205-612-4458


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