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2012 Autism Speaks Inaugural National Conference for Families and Professionals

Treating the Whole Person with Autism: Providing Comprehensive Care for Children and Adolescents with ASD

Friday, August 3 – Saturday, August 4, 2012
The Hilton Columbus at Easton
Columbus, OH

Thank you to all who attended the conference, from our families, to volunteers, to exhibitors, to clinicians and to our Planning Committee for making the 2012 inaugural conference a great success.

See you in 2013!

This conference was open to professionals (clinicians, psychologists, nurses, allied health professionals, educators, behavioral specialists and other professionals), and individuals and families affected by autism. The two-day program featured science sessions and targeted workshop sessions focused on medical issues and approaches to providing comprehensive and integrated care for individuals with ASD. The meeting was brought to you by Autism Speaks and educational partners Nationwide Children's Hospital, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.



Continuing Education Credits
For more information about continuing education credits offered at this conference, click here.
Conference Brochure
For more information on the day's agenda, session topics, and speaker presentations, please see the conference brochure by clicking here.
Transportation and Accommodations
For more information on the conference venue and hotels in the local area, click here.

Conference Agenda

Click here to see the conference agenda. Here you can learn about session topics, presenter names and more.


Family Events at the Autism Speaks National Conference for Families and Professionals
Our conference is proud to offer a family friendly environment for attendees. Optional offsite activities have been arranged for each day of the conference. Families can visit COSI (Center of Science and Industry) and the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. A dedicated room will also be available for children accompanied by their parents to visit during the conference. In addition, your family will receive information on other family friendly options that are within a short walk or drive of the hotel. For information about these exciting family-friendly events planned during the conference, click here.

To read Blog posts about this year's conference, click here.

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For information regarding continuing education credit, please contact Cory D’Ambrosio at