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25th International Conference on Autism, Intellectual Disability & Developmental Disabilities

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Calling all educators, administrators, researchers, college instructors, and related professionals working in the field of autism, intellectual disability and/or developmental disabilities... DADD’s conference is for you! Presenters will share the most current research and practice recommendations related to improving educational outcomes for individuals with autism/autistic individuals, intellectual disability, and/or developmental disabilities, with a focus on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice (DEIJ).


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Research-Informed Practice: Infusing Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice

The conference program features more than 300 interactive lecture, panel, roundtable, collaborative, and poster presentations, networking socials, an exhibit hall, and other opportunities to engage with colleagues and leaders in the field. Conference attendees also may choose to participate in one of three pre-conference training institutes: Institute I focuses on transition, Institute II has a BCBA focus, and Institute III focuses on technology.

Need credit for professional learning? We have that covered! Professional Development Hours (CEUs) through CEC are available for all conference sessions as well as Certificates of Attendance.

Value added for BCBA Certificants! Conference registration includes, at no additional cost, up to 17 BACB CEUs for designated sessions on the conference program!


For information on exhibiting or corporate sponsorship, please contact:
Cindy Perras, DADD Conference Co-ordinator,

Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
2005 Kālia Rd,
Honolulu, HI 96815
January 17, 2024 - January 19, 2024
Cindy Perras
DADD’s Conference Co-ordinator

Conference Overview

Wednesday, January 17, 2024

Pre-conference Training Institutes - 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Institute I –Transition Focus

Tips and Strategies for Incorporating Culturally Responsive Practices of Universal Design for Transition (DCDT Workshop)
Stacie Dojonovic, Ph.D., The University of Kansas, Colleen Thoma, Ph.D., Virginia Commonwealth University, LaRon Scott, Ph.D., University of Virginia, and Al Daviso, Ph.D., University of Akron

Afternoon (Part I)
To Thine Own Self Be True: Self-Management Strategies to Support SelfDetermination
(1..5 BACB CEUs)
Tracy Sinclair, Ph.D., BCBA-D, University of Connecticut

Afternoon (Part II)
One Size Does Not Fit All: Successful Transition Planning for Neurodivergent Students
Deborah Hammer, PRSE, Arlington Public Schools
Institute II – BCBA Focus (6 BACB CEUs in Total)

Morning (Part I)
The Train Has Left the Rails: How School-Based ABA Cases Go Wrong and How to Fix Them
(1.5 BACB CEUs)

Vanessa Tucker, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LBA, Pacific Lutheran University and Matt Woodward, M.Ed., BCBA, LBA, Basics Northwest

Morning (Part II)
But How Do I Teach Sexuality? Sexuality Education for Those Who Support Individuals with Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities.
(1.5 BACB CEUs)
Meaghan McCollow, Ph.D. BCBA-D, Cal State East Bay

Keeping it All Together as a BCBA in Schools: What Do I Do, How Do I Do it, and How Do I Help Others Do it?
(3 BACB CEUs in Ethics, Supervision and/or Learning)
Erin Farrell, Ed.D., BCBA, Minnesota Department of Education
Institute III – Technology Focus

Technology Strategies and Tools to Support Individuals with IDD (ISET Workshop)
Don McMahon, Ph.D., Washington State University, Pullman, Sarah Howorth, Ph.D., BCBA, University of Maine, Erin Farrell, Ed.D., BCBA, Minnesota Department of Education, and Alex Hollingshead, Ph.D., University of Idaho

Afternoon (Part I)
Implementing Technology-Based Self-Management for Students with Autism and Intellectual Disability
Leah Wood, Ph.D., BCBA-D and Stephen Crutchfield, Ph.D., California Polytechnic State University

Afternoon (Part II)
Center on Inclusive Technology Education Systems (CITES) at CAST: Resources, Support, and Technical Assistance for Districts, Educators, and Families
Krystle Merry, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Arkansas

NANSI (National Autism Network of Statewide Implementers Meeting) - 12:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Opening General Session - 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.

President’s Reception/Poster Presentations - 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.


Thursday, January 18, 2024

Morning Poster Presentations

Concurrent Breakout Sessions/Featured Speakers

Noon Poster Presentations & Lunch Break

DADD General Business Meeting


Friday, January 19, 2024

Morning Poster Presentations

Concurrent Breakout Sessions/Featured Speakers

Noon Poster Presentations & Lunch Break

Closing General Session



Featured Sessions & Hot Topics

Note: this is a sampling of the 300+ sessions on the program

  • From Theory to Understanding: CDT, CRT, and Intersectionality
    Marcus Fuller, Ph.D., University of Vermont, Lynn Stansberry Brusnahan, Ph.D. and Martin Odima, Doctoral Student, University of St. Thomas, and Elizabeth Harkins, Ed.D., William Paterson University
  • Transform Transition Meltdown to Calm-down: A Proactive and Preventive Support Process,
    Padmaja Sarathy, M.A.
  • The Neurodiversity Movement & the Autistic Self-Concept,
    Katybeth Adamo, Ph.D. Student, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • Best Books from 25 years of the Dolly Gray Children’s Literature Award
    Tina Taylor, Brigham Young University
  • Conceptualizing and Utilizing Board Certified Behavior Analysts as Related Services Providers in Inclusion-Oriented Schools
    Robert Pennington, Ph.D., BCBA-D. and Virginia Walker, Ph.D. University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and Michael Giangreco, Ph.D., University of Vermont
  • Exploring a Writing and Assistive Technology Intervention to Support College Students with Intellectual Disabilities
    Stephanie Devine, Ph.D., Caitlin Chriss, Ph.D., Kathryn Haughney, Ph.D., and Alexandria Dobson, Ph.D., Georgia Southern University
  • Early Childhood Behavior Interventions and Trauma Informed Practices That Help Students Succeed
    Jennifer Rosenbloom, M.Ed. and Jill Mayes, M.Ed., Newcastle Public Schools
  • Educational Placements of Students with Complex Support Needs and Intersecting Areas of Diversity in Utah
    Kirsten Lansey, Ph.D., Sojung Jung, Ph.D., and Matt Jameson, Ph.D., University of Utah
  • Transitioning Students with Complex Needs into Inclusive Learning Environments
    Shauna Hoekstra, BCBA, Clinical Team Lead, and Clinical Team Members, Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic DSB
  • DADD: 25 Years of Becoming a More Inclusive & Diverse Community
    Tom Smith, Ed.D., Past President and Past Executive Director, DADD

Conference Registration

Value alert – not a member of CEC and/or DADD and looking to save on registration fees? Now is a great time to join CEC, or renew your CEC membership, and receive a 25% discount on every category and level of CEC membership PLUS an additional 25% discount on adding DADD as a Division on your membership, for 1, 2 or 3-year terms. Current members of CEC may also add DADD as a Division, at a 25% discount.

Click here to join CEC Use DADD Conference code HIDADD24A

Click here to renew your CEC Membership and/or add DADD as a Division Use DADD Conference Code: HIDADD24B

Registration Rates for Presenters and Attendees CEC-DAD Members Non-DADD Members Student
Pre-Conference Training:
January 17, 2024 – 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m
$150 $175 $125 $150
January 17 – 19, 2024
Includes opening general session & welcome reception, all presentations on Thursday and Friday
$375 $450 $250 $300
Pre-Conference Training and Conference:
January 17 – 19, 2024
$500 $600 $350 $425

Click here to register through the conference website:

Conference Hotel/Room Bookings

Hilton Hawai’ian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
2005 Kālia Road
Honolulu, Hawaii 96815

Escape to a tropical hideaway at the Hilton Hawaiian Village! Located on the widest stretch of beach, this 22-acre paradise features the best pools and waterslides in Waikiki, as well as the only saltwater lagoon. Dive into local culture with daily activities, the on-site luau, and discover a picture-perfect stay in Honolulu.

Reserve Your Room

Please make your reservations by December 31, 2023 to take advantage of the special daily conference rates (single & double occupancy) available at the Hilton Hawai’ian Village; rates range from $274 for resort view to $419 for ocean front, with a reduced daily resort fee of $20 per day. Rooms are available from January 12 – 21, 2024 so plan to arrive a few days before the conference or stay a few days after!

Reservations may be made through this hyperlink, Hilton Hawai'ian Village Reservations or by calling the Hilton Hawai’ian Village at 1.808.949.4321 (ABC is the group booking code). Please note: our room block may sell out before December 31.

Please note that the room block at the Hilton Hawai'ian Village is full!

We have a secured a small block of rooms at a nearby hotel, the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Alana - Waikiki Beach. Reservations are available until December 22, 2023 (or until the block is full) and room rates are $209 (single & double occupancy) with a reduced daily resort fee of $15 per day. Reservations may be made through this hyperlink:

DoubleTree by Hilton Room Reservations


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