Autism Symposium

University of Arkansas

Symposium on ASD and Developmental Disabilities

Teaching for Independence Across All Ages!

A child's, adolescent's and adult's level of independence greatly impacts his or her quality of life.

The 2016 University of Arkansas symposium for individuals with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities will prepare parents, educators, and other caregivers and professionals to provide the resources and instruction needed to build independence across the life span.

Date, Time, Cost, Hotel Information, CEUs

March 10 and 11
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.                                 

Early Bird ending on Jan. 31 - $165
Feb. 1 through March 10 - $190
Families and Students - $50                                 

Hilton Garden Inn, 1325 N. Palak Drive, Fayetteville, AR 72704
Hotel website

Professional Development:
ADE CEU – 16


To register for the symposium, visit the online registration page.                                 

For registration questions, contact Jackie Micheletto, 479-575-2738 or                                 

For symposium questions, contact Suzanne Kucharczyk, 479-575-6210 or

Symposium Schedule:

Thursday, March 10

Friday, March 11

  • Keynote Presentation
  • Extended sessions to include "make & take" and extended time for complex topics
  • Concluding Panel: The symposium will conclude with a panel of state and local experts speaking about resources and effective practices to support transition across the lifespan.

Keynote Speakers: Peter Gerhardt and Kara Hume

Peter GerhardtPeter Gerhardt
Executive Director
EPIC school, Paramus, New Jersey
"Transition Planning and Implementation for Adult Competence: Targeting Skills for the Next Environments"

Dr. Gerhardt has more than 30 years of experience using the principles of applied behavior analysis to help people with autism in educational, employment, residential and community-based settings.

Dr. Gerhardt is the author or the co-author of many articles and book chapters on the needs of adolescents and adults with autism and has presented nationally and internationally on this topic. He is the founding chair of the Scientific Council for the Organization for Autism Research and sits on numerous professional advisory boards including Behavior Analysis in Practice, the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies, the Association of Professional Behavior Analysts, and the Autism Society of America.

Kara HumeKara Hume
Research Scientist
University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
"Promoting Student Independence Across the School Day"

Dr. Hume co-directs projects at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at UNC-Chapel Hill, including the Center on Secondary Education for Students Autism Spectrum Disorder and the Family Implemented TEACCH for Toddlers Study. Both are grant-funded research projects.

Dr. Hume has more than 25 years of experience as a practitioner and researcher supporting individuals on the autism spectrum across the age range. She is a trainer with the TEACCH Autism Program, an intervention approach developed at the University of North Carolina to help people with autism live and work more independently at home, school and in the community.