2016 Autism Conference

Catholic Charities 8th Annual Autism Conference was held on Friday, September 16, 2016 at Orchard Ridge UCC in Madison.

The 2016 conference entitled, "Promoting What Matters: Improving Quality of Life for Individuals on the Autism Spectrum", and focused on making community connections and finding meaningful employment. We were excited to welcome Megan Farley, PhD, as our Conference Presenter.

Megan Farley, PhD, is a licensed psychologist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Waisman Center and in private practice in the community. At the Waisman Center, she provides clinical diagnostic and therapy services for children, teens, and young adults on the autism spectrum and their family members. Her private practice work focuses on adults on the autism spectrum.

Dr. Farley's research interests are related to outcomes for people with autism in adulthood across functional, health, and social areas. She is interested in understanding the natural development of autism spectrum conditions and understanding effective ways to support people achieve their goals; especially in the areas of employment, social relationships, and quality of life.


Thank you to our 2016 Autism Conference Sponsors!

Autism SocietyCaravel Autism HealthCamp CreateAbilityMound Street YogaREM WisconsinVSA Wisconsin

Special Thanks
Orchard Ridge UCCThank you to Orchard Ridge United Church of Christ for the use of their space at a reduced rate. For more information about Orchard Ridge UCC please visit www.orucc.org or call Revs. Winton Boyd, Tammy Martens, or Ken Pennings at 608-271-7212.

Sunday 9 a.m. Education for All and Sunday 10 a.m. Worship. Childcare provided all morning.

"Our church is Open and Affirming of all people regardless of age, race, culture, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, and economic status."

Comments from the 2015 Autism Conference
“Matt Ward’s presentation gave me an inside look into his life. I’m grateful to have heard how Autism effects him.”

“Lots of good information that will be applicable when working with individuals.”

“Josh’s presentation on video modeling was very informative and practical.”

“Wow this hit home both personally and professionally! I liked hearing from Matt’s mother and hearing Matt’s own first-hand experience.”

“Both presentations were wonderful. I will use video modeling at my school.”

“I liked the way Nancy tied together the connection of both presenters and celebrated social stories.”

“All skilled, interesting people with direct and relevant experience.”

“I enjoyed learning new ideas on how to apply different skills such as video modeling to understand and appreciate individuals with differing sensory and motor skills.”


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