Emory Autism Center 2020 Summer Conference has ended
The Emory Autism Center’s Monarch Summer Conference is for anyone involved with the education of individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) including educators, vocational providers, behavior specialists, school administrators, paraprofessionals, speech and occupational therapists, rehabilitation counselors, school psychologists, parents, family members, mental health providers, families of individuals with ASD, and individuals with ASD.

We are featuring 25 sessions with top notch speakers in education and transition for students with ASD. Please identify the appropriate track (parent, education, transition) that will fit your interests/needs in order to identify sessions to attend.

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Wednesday, July 15

2:30pm EDT

6C Neurodiversity: Variation of Brain and Behavior
In this session we will explore the concept of “neurodiversity” and its’ origins in the autism community. Some key questions to be addressed include: What does it mean to be “neurodiverse” or “neurotypical”? Are these groups and what qualifies someone to be “in” or “out” of the group of “neurodiversity”?Why do humans seek to label and classify ways of functioning? What are the bounds of being “neurodiverse” and what are some key personal, social, and societal implications? What does it mean to say someone is on the “autism spectrum and how does this help or hinder the person’s engagement with the world in which they live? How can neurodiversity expand our thinking to appreciate unique ways of engaging with the world?

Learning Objectives
  1. Participants will be able to identify at least two reasons that diagnostic labels exist.
  2. Participants will be able to define the concept of neurodiversity.
  3. Participants will be able to indicate how the autism spectrum represents neurodiversity.


Catherine Rice, Ph.D.

Director, Emory Autism Center
Catherine Rice, PhD, is the Director of the Emory Autism Center and Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Emory University. She is a Developmental Psychologist and is a Licensed Psychologist in Georgia. Her clinical and educational work has focused the meaning of the... Read More →

Wednesday July 15, 2020 2:30pm - 3:30pm EDT
Downstairs 6C
Thursday, July 16

3:30pm EDT

6B Addressing the Transition to Adulthood in Autism Spectrum Disorder Through a Patient-Centered Lens
The purpose of this session is to host an open discussion regarding the challenges encountered during the transition to adulthood in autism spectrum disorder and identify ways to overcome these challenges from the individual and caregiver perspective. Conference participants will share what they learned from today's conference and identify next steps that need to be taken.


Susan Brasher, Ph.D., CPNP

Assistant Professor, Emory University
Dr. Susan Brasher is an Assistant Professor at the Emory University Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing. Her background includes being a Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and Pediatric Registered Nurse. She obtained her PhD in in Nursing with an emphasis in neurodevelopmental... Read More →

Thursday July 16, 2020 3:30pm - 4:30pm EDT
Downstairs 6B