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22nd International Conference on Autism, Intellectual Disability & Developmental Disabilities

In-person Event
Past Event
2021 DADD Conference Brochure
Sheraton Sand Key
Clearwater Beach, FL 33767
January 20, 2021 - January 22, 2021
Cindy Perras
DADD’s Conference Coordinator

Are you an educator, administrator, researcher, college instructor, or related professional working in the field of autism, intellectual disability and/or developmental disabilities? Then this specialized, first-time ever hybrid conference is for you! Across numerous in-person and virtual sessions in the Virtual Attendee Hub®, 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 combined in-person and virtual components of our conference program feature more than 300 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 two preconference training institutes: Institute I has an educational professional focus and Institute II has a BCBA focus.

DADD is excited to announce that we will host the inaugural meeting of the National Autism Network of Statewide Implementers (NANSI) on Wednesday, January 20th, 2021 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 spectrum disorder 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. CEUs through CEC, now known as Professional Development Hours (PDHs), are available for all conference sessions and both pre-conference institutes.

Value added alert for BCBA certificants! At no additional cost, up to 15 BACB CEUs will be available for designated sessions on the conference program and for the Pre-conference Institute II (3 CEUs in Supervision
and 3 CEUs in Ethics).

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

Conference Overview

Pre-conference Training Institutes (Available In-person and via Zoom)

  • Institute I – Practitioner Focus
    • Morning – An Instructional Approach to Challenging Behavior: A Workshop for Building Teacher’s Confidence and Competence in Providing Behavior Supports Robert Pennington, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Megan Carpenter, M.Ed., and Melissa Tapp, M.Ed., University of North Carolina, Charlotte
    • Afternoon – Using What we Know about Alignment, Technology and the 4 Stages of Learning to Support General Curriculum Access Ginevra Courtade, Ph.D., University of Louisville, Bree Jimenez, Ph.D., University of Texas Arlington, Ann Meyer, Vice President, Attainment Company, and Jenny Root, Ph.D., BCBA, Florida State University
  • Institute II – BCBA Focus (6 BACB CEUs in Total)
    • Morning – Assessing and Addressing Staff Performance Problems in Schools and Clinics (3 BACB CEUs in Supervision) Amanda DiGangi, Ph.D., BCBA-D, and Sam DiGangi, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Arizona State University
    • Afternoon – Cultivating Compassionate Action in Behavior Analysis: Becoming More Responsive to Client and Caregivers’ Needs (3 BACB CEUs in Ethics) Sara Snyder, Ph.D., BCBA-D, James Madison University and Rachel Cagliani, Ph.D., BCBA-D, University of Georgia
  • National Autism Network of Statewide Implementers (NANSI) Meeting
  • Opening General Session
    • Welcoming Remarks
    • Keynote Address
    • Presidents’ Reception
  • Poster Presentations and Continental Breakfast
  • Concurrent Breakout Sessions/Featured Speakers (morning and afternoon)
  • Networking Luncheon
  • Publisher/Exhibitor Display
  • DADD General Business Meeting
  • Poster Presentations and Continental Breakfast
  • Concurrent Breakout Sessions/Featured Speakers (morning and afternoon)
  • Networking Luncheon
  • Publisher/Exhibitor Display
  • Closing General Session

Hot Topics & Featured Sessions

  • Strive & Thrive: Evaluating Postsecondary Programs for Sustainability, Margo Izzo, Ph.D., & Jessie Green, M.Ed.
  • Self-determination of Black Youth with IDD: What do they tell us about their experiences in the transition from school to adult life? Colleen Thoma, Ph.D., LaRon Scott, Ed.D. & Katherine Brendli, Ph.D. Candidate
  • Strategies to Promote Engagement of Learners with ASD and/or IDD Using e-learning Platforms, Toni Van Laarhoven, Ed.D., BCBA-D, Michael Ackerman, Greg Ciufo, Veronica Cornell & Traci Van Laarhoven-Myers
  • Self-determination through Artificial Intelligence, Peter Zentel, Ph.D., Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München and Michael Wehmeyer, Ph.D.
  • Implementing Universal Design for Learning to Manage Challenging Behavior in the Classroom Setting, Sacha Cartegna, Ph.D. Candidate, & Chelsea Pierce, Ph.D. Student
  • Designing and Implementing Early Literacy Interventions to Support for Young Children with Physical Disabilities and Complex Communication Needs, Susan Johnston, Ph.D., SLP
  • The Taboo Should be Taught: Supporting Autistic Young Adults in their Sexuality, Intimacy, and Relationships, Laurie Kahn, Ph.D. & Marisa Kofke, Ph.D.
  • Diversity, Autism, and Developmental Disabilities: Guidance for the Culturally Responsive Educator, Elizabeth Harkins, Ed.D., Marcus Fuller, Doctoral Student, Lynn Stansberry Brusnahan, Ph.D., Meaghan McCollow, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Peggy Whitby, Ph.D., & Kelly McNeal, Ph.D.
  • Supporting People on the Autism Spectrum in Uncertain Times: Coping and Thriving During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Stephen Shore, Ed.D.
  • Telehealth Service Delivery: Parent Training for Behavioral Interventions for Children with IDD, Christine Drew, Ph.D., BCBA-D, & Emily Gregori, Ph.D., BCBA-D
  • Coping and Special Education Services in Times of COVID, Vicki Knight, Ph.D., BCBA & Kim Zebehazy, Ph.D.
  • SCARF: Not Just a Neck-Warmer. An Introduction to the Single-Case Analysis and Review Framework. Cary Trump, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Jennifer Ledford, Ph.D., BCBA-D, & Kate Chazin, Doctoral Student
  • Making Unconscious Bias Conscious: Observations and Candid Discussions with Pre-service Special Education Teachers about Strategies to Address Bias in the Intersection of Disability and Race/Ethnicity. Maria Mello, Ph.D., BCBA-D & Seung Eun McDevitt, Ph.D.

Conference Registration

Registration Rates for Presenters and Attendees* CEC-DADD Members Non-members Students Students CEC-DADD Members Students Non-members
Pre-Conference Training: January 20, 2021 $150


$125 $150
Conference: January 20 – 22, 2021 $300 $350 $200 $250
Package Rate for Pre-Conference Training and Conference: January 20 – 22, 2021 $400 $450 $300 $350

*In-person rates include breakfast & lunch; virtual rates include exclusive content in Cvent’s Virtual Attendee Hub®


Register through the DADD conference website.


In-person and virtual exhibit space available – please contact the Conference Coordinator for details!

2021 DADD Conference Brochure

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

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, 2021 to take advantage of the special daily conference rates (single & double occupancy) available at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort; rates range from $192 - $272 and include complimentary parking, WiFi and access to the fitness room. Rooms are available from January 12 – 28, 2021 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 by calling the Sheraton Sand Key at 1.727.595.1611 (CEC-DADD is the group booking reference).

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