CA's 19th Annual Conference

2020: Vision for the Future

Save the Date!

March 18-19 at the Westin- Richmond

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Registration is now open!  Early Bird registration pricing ends November 15th.

DBHDS staff, CSB staff, REACH staff or staff at a company that provides licensed residential and licensed day support are eligible for a discount. Please contact Nick Fields – 804.355.0300 or to get the code before registering and to show eligibility.


Early Bird Pricing (until November 15th): Registration Pricing (starting November 16th):
Both Days: $270 For both days: $320
One Day: $200 For one day: $215


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Thank you for your consideration for Sponsorship or Exhibiting at CA’s 19th Annual Conference! Register Online or download this form and mail it in.

**Please note:

-Registration and payments are due by December 1, 2019.  Your spot is not guaranteed until payment has been received.  After December 1st, refunds will be granted on a sliding scale 


Logos and printed materials (if applicable) are due by February 1, 2020. Anything received after this date will NOT be published/included in the conference.

-Exhibitor registrations will be accepted in the order they are received – hurry, space is limited!

*Please email Mary Crawford – with any questions.

We hope you will join us!

2020 Sponsor and Exhibitor Catalog (PDF)

Keynote Speakers:

Naomi (Nomi) Kaim is a volunteer at the Asperger/Autism Network and is best known for her expertise on Asperger Syndrome (ASD) and mental health challenges. She also specializes in communication, language, and the developmental trajectory of individuals on the spectrum. Nomi has spoken at conferences and trainings for mental health professionals, teachers, students, and parents. She has been featured in the Boston Globe, the New York Times, and on NPR, and her work appears in book and textbook chapters. She has also published several personal articles, including “Asperger’s and Depression: Inside a Common Paradox” (2008). Nomi was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome in 2004 at the age of 21. She suffers from chronic anxiety and bipolar disorder.



Brian Conners, Ed.S, BCBA is a New Jersey Department of Education certified school psychologist and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. He originally developed the graduate program in Applied Behavior Analysis at Seton Hall University, where he currently serves on their faculty. He has worked within various sectors as a behavior analyst and consultant including public and private schools, psychiatric hospitals, and community agencies. He also was the former owner and Chief Executive Officer of a nationally recognized Behavioral Health Center of Excellence for four years in private practice. He specializes in providing behavioral treatment to clients with severe developmental disabilities, emotional and behavioral disorders, and psychiatric conditions. His clinical areas of expertise include crisis intervention, behavioral assessment, and providing treatment and interventions for clients with the severe problem behaviors of physical aggression and self-injury. He has presented at state and national conferences and has published articles and book chapters in multicultural and diversity issues in behavior analysis, crisis intervention, and restraint and seclusion practices in schools.



Speaking at our conference?  Review the Speaker Presentation Guide here.

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CA is an approved Type 2 Continuing Education provider by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB). Credits are available for both days of the conference. Attendees who participate in BACB sessions and adhere to all the BACB standards can earn a maximum of 10.5 credits. There will be a charge of $6 per credit hour. Those interested in earning credits can get a sign in/out sheet at the conference registration desk. Staff members will be available to sign attendees in and out of each session.

Teachers Professional Development Points:  All participants will receive a certificate of attendance.  Teachers can use the certificate of verification with prior approval.  Teachers should check with their school administrators.

Questions about earning CE’s at the conference should be directed to Courtney Vaughan (

Scholarships for CA’s conference are available to self-advocates, families and caregivers!  Information for the 19th annual conference will be shared soon. Signup for our mailing list to stay up-to-date on CA’s Annual Conference.

Hotel Information section:

CA has reserved a block of rooms at the Courtyard – Richmond West hotel (6400 W. Broad St., Richmond, VA) and the Westin hotel (6631 W. Broad St., Richmond, VA).

-The Courtyard hotel is conveniently located within a mile of the Westin hotel. The room rate is $119.00 per night (Tuesday, March 17th and Wednesday, March 18th) for both a standard king and 2 double bed rooms. Please call the Marriott Reservations line at 1 (800) 321-2211 or (804) 282-1881 and reference the “CA group” staying at the Richmond West hotel. The cut-off date for accepting reservations in this block is February 27, 2020. See for photos and details of hotel.

The Westin (conference location) hotel room rate is $145.00 per night (Tuesday, March 17th and Wednesday, March 18th) for both standard king and 2 double bed rooms. Please call the Westin at 1-888-627-7786 and reference the “CA (formerly Commonwealth Autism) block. The cut-off date for accepting reservations in this block is March 5, 2020. See for photos and details of hotel.

Information coming soon!

Questions?  Review our Participant Experience Guide.

Need a refund? CA Refund Policy

If you are in need of on-site interpreting services at the conference, please notify Nick Fields ( and Mary Crawford ( before February 1, 2020

  • Call for Paper Submissions:

    The call for papers has closed for the 2020 annual conference.  Sign up for our mailing list to submit a proposal for next year.




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