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2023 DADD Conference

In-person Event
Past Event
Sheraton Sand Key Resort
160 Gulf Blvd,
Clearwater Beach, FL 33767
January 18, 2023 - January 20, 2023
Cindy Perras

Are you an educator, administrator, researcher, college instructor, or related professional working in the field of autism, intellectual disability and/or developmental disabilities? Then DADD’s conference is for you! Across numerous in-person and select virtual sessions, presenters will share the most current research and practice recommendations related to improving educational outcomes for individuals with autism, intellectual disability, and/or developmental disabilities.

The conference program features more than 250 interactive lecture and poster presentations, networking luncheons, an exhibit hall, and other opportunities to engage with colleagues and leaders in the field. Conference participants also may choose to participate in one of three pre-conference training institutes: Institute I focuses on transition/post-secondary, Institute II has a BCBA focus, and Institute III focuses on sexuality education.

DADD is excited to announce that we will again host the NANSI meeting (National Autism Network of Statewide Implementers) on Wednesday, January 18, 2023 from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. If you are a state leader whose focus is on promoting the science and practice of implementation of evidence-based practices within the educational environment to improve outcomes for individuals with autism, please plan to attend. If you are interested in becoming a member please contact NANSI at

Need credit for professional learning? We have that covered. Professional Development Hours (CEUs) through CEC are available for all conference sessions and the pre-conference training institutes.

Value added alerts! Conference registration includes a hot buffet breakfast and luncheon each day as well as the President’s Reception. And for BCBA certificants, at no additional cost, up to 17 BACB CEUs will be available for designated sessions on the conference program!

For further information, please contact: Cindy Perras, DADD Conference Co-ordinator, .

Conference Overview

Pre-conference Training Institutes

8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

  • Institute I – Post-secondary/Transition Focus
    • Morning – Technology Tools for Secondary and Transition Success Don McMahon, Ph.D., Washington State University, Pullman, Sarah Howorth, Ph.D., BCBA, University of Maine, Erin Farrell, Doctoral Candidate, BCBA, Minnesota Department of Education
    • Afternoon – You Belong Here! Sense of Belonging for Students with Intellectual Disabilities in Postsecondary Education Christine Scholma, Ed.D., Trinity Christian College and Deborah Schadler, Ph.D., CPRCT, Gwynedd Mercy University  
  • Institute II – BCBA Focus (6 BACB CEUs in Total)
    • Morning – A Behavioral Systems Approach to Ethics Training and Supervision. (3 BACB CEUs in Ethics) Matthew Brodhead, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Michigan State University
    • Afternoon – Frameworks and Ethics and Supervising, oh my! Supporting Systems and Individuals in Schools through a Behavior Analytic Lens. (3 BACB CEUs in Supervision and/or Ethics) Erin Farrell, Doctoral Candidate, BCBA, Minnesota Department of Education.  
  • Institute III – Sexuality Education Focus
    • Morning – SEX: Using Evidence-Based Practices to Support Inclusive Sex Education. Heidi Cooley-Cook, M.Ed., Enid Hurtado, M.Ed., and Kimberly Howard, Kentucky Autism Training Center, University of Louisville
    • Afternoon – Shhh! We Don't Talk About Sexuality and Disabilities Whitney Meade, Ph.D., University of Alabama at Hunstsville


National Autism Network of Statewide Implementers (NANSI) Meeting

1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

  • Welcoming Remarks and Keynote Address 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
  • President’s Reception and Poster Presentations 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
  • Poster Presentations and Continental Breakfast
  • Concurrent Breakout Sessions/Featured Speakers
  • Networking Luncheon
  • DADD General Business Meeting
  • Poster Presentations and Continental Breakfast
  • Concurrent Breakout Sessions/Featured Speakers
  • Networking Luncheon
  • Closing General Session

Featured Sessions & Hot Topics

Note: this is a sampling of the 250+ sessions on the program

  • Observing Behavior from a Culturally Competent Lens: Shifting the Paradigm of Understanding to Support Student Behavior, Lynn Stansberry Brusnahan, Ph.D. and Erin Farrell, Doctoral Student, University of St. Thomas, Jonte’ C. Taylor, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, and Marcus Fuller, Ph.D., University of Vermont
  • Neurodiversity and the Culture of Autism, Gabrielle Agnew, Doctoral Candidate, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dylan Kapit, University of Pittsburgh, and Elizabeth Harkins, Ed.D., William Patterson University
  • Planning for the Success of Students with Extensive Support Needs in General Education Classrooms, Megan Carpenter, Ph.D., Furman University, and Virginia Walker, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Alexandra Reilly, MAT, & Andy Masud, MAT, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • The Elephant in the Room: Training Parents to Address Sex Ed Topics, Christine Drew, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Auburn University
  • Supporting Special Education Teachers to Strengthen Leadership Skills Darlene Perner, Ed.D., and Robin Drogan, Ph.D., Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
  • Only the BCBA Does That! Redefining School-Based BCBAs' Roles to Build Capacity Vanessa Tucker, Ph.D., BCBA, LBA, Pacific Lutheran University
  • Initial Implementation of Culturally Responsive Social-Emotional Systems of Support for Kindergarteners Dustin Hinckley, Ed.D., Red Lake ISD #38 and Jen Hinckley, Aurora Waasakone Community of Learners
  • Promoting Communication, Play, and Peer Relationships for Elementary-Aged Students with Autism, Elizabeth Biggs, Ph.D., Vanderbilt University
  • Thinking Beyond Social Validity: Using Mixed Methods to Amplify Voices of Students with Developmental Disabilities and their Families Jenny Root, Ph.D., Florida State University, Esther Lindstrom, Ph.D., Lehigh University, and Jamie Pearson, Ph.D., North Carolina State University
  • Interagency Collaboration to Improve Transition Outcomes Nancy Young and Celeste Michaud, Doctoral Students, University of Arkansas
  • An Evaluation of Robot-directed Prompts to Facilitate Interactions with Learners with Autism Spectrum Disorder Robert Pennington, Ph.D., BCBA, University of North Carolina Charlotte
  • Teaching Mathematics Online to High School Students with Virtual Manipulatives Emily Bouck, Ph.D. and Holly Long, Doctoral Student, Michigan State University
  • Fusing Universal Design for Learning and Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy: Benefits and Practicalities for Today’s Educator, Marcus Fuller, Ph.D., Lynn Stansberry, Ph.D., St. Thomas, and Elizabeth Harkins, Ed.D., William Patterson University

Conference Registration

Click here to register through the conference website:

Registration Rates for Presenters and Attendees CEC-DADD Members Non-members Students CEC-DADD Members Students Non-members
Pre-Conference Workshop: January 18, 2023
8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Includes breakfast & lunch
$150 $175 $125 $150
Conference: January 18 – 20, 2023
Includes Opening Session & welcome reception at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday,
breakfast & lunch on Thursday and Friday
$350 $425 $225 $275
Pre-Conference Training and Conference: January 18 – 20, 2023
Includes breakfast and lunch all 3 days, as well as welcome reception.
$500 $600 $350 $425

Exhibit space and sponsorships available – please contact the Conference Coordinator for details!

Conference Hotel/Room Bookings

An upscale oceanfront hotel with acclaimed dining, the Sheraton Sand Key Resort is situated on 13 acres of private white sand beach on the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

Please make your reservations by January 4, 2023 to take advantage of the special daily conference rates (single & double occupancy) available at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort; rates range $194 - $234 and include complimentary parking, WiFi and access to the fitness room. Rooms are available from January 13 – 23, 2023 so plan to arrive a few days before the conference or stay a few days after! Note: there is no daily resort amenity fee! Reservations may be made through this hyperlink, Sheraton Sand Key Resort Reservations or by calling the Sheraton Sand Key at 1.727.595.1611 (CEC-DADD is the group booking reference).

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Sheraton Sand Key Resort
1160 Gulf Blvd
Clearwater Beach, FL, 33767

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