Autism Conference

First Annual Richard L. Simpson Conference on Autism

First Annual Richard L. Simpson Conference on Autism

Dates: October 4 & 5, 2018

Sponsors:  Midwest Symposium for Leadership in Behavior Disorders (MSLBD) and Kansas Technical Assistance System Network (TASN)

Location: KU Edwards Campus, Conference Center, 12600 Quivira Road, Overland Park, Kansas 66213 

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Keynote Presenters

  • Brenda Smith Myles
    Brenda Smith Myles

    Thursday, October 4, 2018 | 12:15 - 1:15 PM

    To Graduation, and Beyond! Planning for Success

    Despite the best efforts of schools and families, some students with ASD do not experience the same degree of success and personal fulfillment in adulthood compared to their nondisabled peers or to students who are receiving services under IDEA categories other than ASD. This presentation will explore what factors drive these differences and what variables lead to stronger adult outcomes.

    Participants may choose to extend their time with Dr. Myles by signing up for her Workshop on Thursday afternoon from 1:30 - 4:00 PM

  • Matthew and Brenda McNiff
    Matthew and Brenda McNiff

    Friday, October 5, 2018 | 8:30 - 9:30 AM

    The Problem isn’t the Game, it’s the Playbook: How having a Child with Autism Changed our Lives

    After years of working with children with special needs, Matt and Brenda McNiff were given their very own child with autism. The diagnosis of autism was both unexpected and difficult to overcome. As they managed the news, they found that their parental playbook was no longer effective. They not only needed a whole new playbook, but an entirely new team in which to execute those plays. In the short ten years that they’ve been parents of a child with autism, they’ve learned some lessons that helped develop their family into a winning team. Join these two dynamic speakers for an inside look at what it’s like to have your life turned upside down and finding acceptance, peace, and love in raising their child with autism.


Conference Sessions


Outstanding Educator Award

Midwest Symposium for Leadership in Behavior Disorders will annually recognize an individual at the Richard L. Simpson Conference on Autism for outstanding achievement and excellence in classroom service to students diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The recipient will receive expenses to attend the conference in order to receive the award in person.  Award criteria and requirements for the nomination are available here.
Deadline: July 1


Conference Overview

Thursday, October 4

8:00 am -4:30 pm Conference Desk Open Conference Center
9:00 - 11:30 am Workshops Choose one session to attend
11:30 am - 12:30 pm Lunch Lunch on site
12:15 - 1:15 pm Keynote Session 1 Brenda Smith Myles
1:30 - 4:00 pm Workshops Choose one session to attend
5:30 - 7:00 pm Social Event Hilton Garden Inn-Olathe, Terrace Level

Friday, October 5

7:45 am - 3:45 pm MSLBD Conference Desk Open Conference Center
8:30 - 9:30 am Keynote Session 2 Matt & Brenda McNiff
9:45 - 10:45 am Concurrent Breakout Set 1
11:00 am - 12:00 pm Concurrent Breakout Set 2 Sessions repeated from set 1
12:00 - 1:00 pm Lunch Lunch on site
1:15 - 2:15 pm Concurrent Breakout Set 3
2:30 - 3:30 pm Concurrent Breakout Set 4 Sessions repeated from set 3
3:30 pm Adjournment