Autism Social & Mental Health Conference

March 1, 2024 @ 8:00AM — 3:00PM Pacific Time (US & Canada) Add to Calendar

Sharp Prebys Innovation and Education Center: 8695 Spectrum Center Boulevard San Diego, California 92123 Get Directions

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Autism Social & Mental Health Conference

WE ARE SOLD OUT FOR THIS EVENT! San Diego Regional Center Funded Clients - Please be aware that you are not registered unless you have received confirmation from both your service coordinator AND registered at this site and received a confirmation email from Autism Society San Diego. Thank you.

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Registration and Check In, Resource Fair open

9:00 AM -10:00 AM KEYNOTE SPEAKER:

Author Sally Pla https://sallyjpla.com/ and www.anovelmind.com

Sally is neurodivergent, an autism advocate who believes in kindness, respect, and the beauty of different brains. She is an award winning author who features neurodivergent characters in her writing.

10:00 AM -10:30 AM Networking/Resource Fair

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM BREAKOUT SESSION 1:

A. Relationships in Neurodiversity will include a moderated panel discussion with ASD adults

B. How & Where to Get Help with ASD Social & Emotional Challenges will include representatives from mental health services, school districts, community supports

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM Lunch/Networking/Resource Fair/Book signing

*Spectrum Social Meet and Greet Lunch: A hosted exclusive event for ASD adults in attendance.

Book Signing: With keynote speaker, Sally Pla

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM BREAKOUT SESSION 2 :

A. CRISIS MANAGEMENT-When Things Get Out of Control Lecture and moderated panel from community providers including Rady’s ER and ADI, SDRC crisis service providers-Safety Alert, START, Fred Finch Wrap, Advance North; PERT

B. AUTISM: Co-Occurring Mental Health Conditions & Psychopharmacology Lecture by board certified psychiatrists

RESOURCE FAIR: 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Comprised of local agencies & companies who provide social & mental health services for autistic children, adults & their families.

*We will have a “sensory” room available all day for autistic attendees who need a break throughout the day.

We are pleased to announce that Regional Center funding is available and our vendor number is PY3056. Funding approval from your Service Coordinator is required prior to registering. Once your service coordinator has approved funding, select the Regional Center Funding ticket option. Be sure to provide your service coordinator's full name, email address and/or phone number when you register.

Thanks to a generous grant from the Foundation for Developmental Disabilities, we also have scholarship funding available. This funding is ONLY available to those who do not qualify for Regional Center funding. Please CLICK HERE to complete the online application. Thank you.

Thanks to a generous sponsorship from The Grossmont Healthcare District, we have scholarship funding available for those living or working in their district. To find out if you qualify, click HERE for a map of the Grossmont Healthcare District. Please CLICK HERE to complete the online application.


A big thank you to our sponsors!

Autism Champion Sponsorship
Foundation for Developmental Disabilities
Lunch & Beverage Sponsor
ARCC Center Foundation
Autism Champion Sponsorship
ABS Kids
San Diego Regional Center
UCSD Autism Center of Excellence - SPARK Study
Autism Advocate Sponsorship
San Diego Academy of Child Adolescent Psychiatry
Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation
Spectrum Social Lunch Sponsorship
College Living Experience
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