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March 18-19 at the Westin- Richmond

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Registraton is now open! Click here to reserve your ticket.


Registration Pricing (starting November 16th):
For both days: $320
For one day: $215

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.


This year, CA is going green! Our programs will be virtual through our conference app, unless otherwise requested when registering for conference. If you would like a hard copy program, be sure to register by February 1st! 

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


Do you have questions about CA’s conference?  Review our Participant Experience Guide

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:

-After December 1, 2019 refunds are granted on a sliding scale.

-Your spot is not guaranteed until we’ve received payment.

-Register by February 1, 2020 to be guaranteed a spot in the conference program.  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 Anything received after this date will NOT be published/included in the conference.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.



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


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

Speaker Session Schedule- Day 1

Time DAY 1 DATE – 3/18
8:00am-9:00am Registration/Coffee/Breakfast
9:00am-9:15am Welcome and Announcements
9:15am-10:45am OPENING KEYNOTE (Mental Health Topic):

Speaker:  Nomi Kaim

Title: “A Complicated Case”: Navigating Asperger Syndrome (ASD) and Co-occurring Mental Illness


10:45am-11:00am Break


(3 Concurrent Sessions)

Speaker: Dana Traynham (MSW, JD)


Title: Supported Decision Making and Other Alternatives to Guardianship


Age Group Focus: Youth & Adults




Speaker: Angela Dahiya-Singh (MS) & Jennifer Bertollo


Title: Providing ASD Services in Rural Communities


Age Group Focus: Young and Elementary-Aged Children



BCBA Track

Speakers: Daria Lorio-Barsten, BCBA, Selena Layden, BCBA +2 other speakers (panel)

Title: Ethical Challenges Facing Behavior Analysts in the Public School Setting

Age Group Focus: Elementary-Aged – College

*1.5 Ethics CEs


12:15pm-1:15pm Lunch


(3 Concurrent Sessions)

Speaker: Pat Weaver (Director of SDC/Author/Teacher)

Title: Life Skills for Transitioning Adults

Age Group Focus: Adolescents & Adults



Mental Health Topic:

Speaker: Nomi Kaim

Title: Discussion & Q&A from Keynote




BCBA Track

Speaker: Kristina Turner, BCBA

Title: Parents as the Center of the Treatment Team

Age Group Focus: All Ages

*1.5 General CE’s


2:30pm-2:45pm Break


(3 Concurrent Sessions)


Speaker: Panel – Debbie Lickey, Keith Cartwright, Denise Powers


Title: Trauma-informed care panel


Age Group Focus: Younger Children



Mental Health Topic:

Speaker: Geoffrey Loughrey

Title: Identifying Autism Characteristics and Overlap with Mental Health Diagnoses


Age Group Focus: All



BCBA Track

Speakers: Amanda Wells & Courtney Bise (BCBAs)

Title: Using a Values Based Approach to Increase Quality and Quantity of Family Engagement

Age Group Focus: All Ages

*1.5 General CE’s


4:15pm-5:15pm Networking Reception/ASA Parent Event

Speaker Session Schedule- Day 2


Time DAY 2 DATE – 3/19
8:00am-9:15am Registration/Coffee/Breakfast


(3 Concurrent Sessions)

Speaker: Deborah Hammer (Autism Specialist– NOVA)

Title:Teaching Self-Determination Skills (autism)

Age Group Focus: All Ages





Mental Health Topic

Speaker: Kat Milberger LCSW & Craig Simmons MA

Title: Launching into Adulthood: Supporting Families in the Transition to Independent Living

Age Group Focus: Adults



BCBA Track

Speakers: Shantel Pugliese & Adam Warman (both are BCBA’s)

Title: Systemic Solutions to Common Ethical Violations in Behavior Analytic Practice

Age Group Focus: All Ages

*1.5 Ethics CEs


10:30am-10:45am Break


(3 Concurrent Sessions)

Speaker: Mark Llobell/ Judith Ursitti? (Grandparent &Parent)


Title: Virginia Autism Insurance – Reform Our Journey!

Age Group Focus: Children



Speaker: Marie Fraticelli


Title: Independent Housing Resources


Age Group Focus: Adults



BCBA Track

Speaker: Brian Conners (BCBA)

Title: Understanding the Impact of Culture in Behavior Analysis: Ethical Considerations in Treatment and Supervision (supervision CEs)

*1.5 Supervision CEs

Age Group Focus: All Ages


12:00-12:15pm; 12:15pm-1:30pm? Lunch Starts
CLOSING KEYNOTE starts at 12:15Speaker: Brian Conners (BCBA)Title: Interdisciplinary Collaboration in the Treatment of Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Comorbid Psychiatric DisordersAge Group Focus: All Ages*1.5 Ethics CEs
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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!

  • Call for Paper Submissions:

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