The Arc of Illinois Living with Autism Conference 2017

October 3 @ 9:00AM — 4:30PM

Don't Miss this Opportunity to hear the story, Life Animated, from the Author and Parent Ron Suskind!


Self-Advocate or Family Member - Arc Member

Available For 127 More Days!

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Self-Advocate or Family Member - Non-Arc Member

Available For 127 More Days!

Not an Arc Member


Professional Arc Member

Available For 127 More Days!

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Professional Non-Arc Member

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9:00-11:00 a.m. - "Life, Animated"

presented by Ron Suskind

Ron's sixth book, Life, Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes and Autism, examines his family's twenty-year struggle with their youngest son, Owen, who is on the autism spectrum. Having lost his speech at age three, Owen seized upon a particular interest in the form of animated Disney movies, which helped him make sense of himself and the world. By memorizing these iconic movies and parroting their dialogue, he learned how to communicate and express himself, prompting his family members to create elaborate stage sets in the Suskind home to re-enact these films and speak Disney along with him. Owen emerged as a teenager with a unique skillset; along the way, he may have created a method for other parents and medical experts to reach autistic kids by following a similar model of emulative expression. This deeply personal but universally resonant presentation is an adventure story of the human heart in which Ron shares stories of Owen's unique transformation from quiet solitude to animated communication — culminating in a memorable father/son appearance with Jon Stewart on Comedy Central's annual autism fundraiser, Night of Too Many Stars, where Owen, so long a silent child, joyfully outshines America's biggest stars. The Suskind motto – your passion is your pathway – now guides educators, therapists and parents in tapping deep potential in us all. Includes Q and A and Book Signing.

11:00–11:15 a.m. - BREAK

11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. - "The Problem with Behavior Problems: Supporting Students with Autism & Other Disabilities"

presented by Paula Kluth, Ph.D.

Come and explore fresh ways to think about "behavior problems" in inclusive schools. We will examine where problems come from, who "owns" them, and how our language and approaches can both create behavior struggles and minimize them. We will discuss how educators, families and other caretakers can avoid challenging moments by listening, teaching, collaborating, including and thinking out of the box. We will also explore how honoring fascinations and using them as tools can help calm, comfort, teach, inspire and connect with learners that have specific interests or fascinations.

12:15-1:15 p.m. - Lunch (included in your registration)

1:15–2:15 p.m. - "The Problem with Behavior Problems" (continued)

2:15–2:30 p.m. - Break

2:30–4:30 p.m. - "A Moment in Their Shoes, a Lifetime of Learning"

presented by Mo Buti, M.Ed.-BD, M.Ed.-ADMIN, QIDP

In my over 26 years in the field of special education, there are many people with autism that have come into my life and have taught me so much! I will share these special people's stories, what I learned from them, and then how I used this to teach others. I will make every story come alive! And most importantly, there will be a "take-away" learned from every single story; whether it is how to create a specific strategy, where to locate a specific strategy, what worked, what didn't work, or so much more! This session should not only inspire everyone, but also provide some solid basis for what we do, how we should do it and why we do it! You will leave with some new ideas on strategies for working with children and adults with autism, higher expectations, and hope for a bright future!

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Event Location

Hilton Hotel
3003 Corporate West Dr.
Lisle, IL 60532

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