ND Autism Spectrum Disorders Conference


You are invited to attend the 5th Annual Autism Spectrum Disorders Conference scheduled for October 24 & 25, 2018 at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks, ND.  Anne Carlsen will be hosting the conference. This is an event intended to educate parents, therapists, teachers, medical professionals, and first responders about autism.

Whether you are new to autism or steeped in its many complexities, this conference has something for everyone. Spaces will fill fast so register today!

Keynote Presenter

Carol Gray is a Consultant to Children, Adolescents, and Adults with Autism, providing support via workshops and presentations, information, referral, resources, and direct services for individuals with autism, their families, and professionals who work on their behalf. Carol is best known for the development of Social Stories, a well-respected evidence-based practice used worldwide with people with autism of all ages. She is an internationally sought-after keynote and seminar speaker and has completed over 1,000 presentations.

Carol is also the founder of a very effective social philosophy that 1) ‘abandons all assumptions’, 2) regards both the typical and autism perspective as ‘equally valid’, and 3) recognizes the ‘social impairment in autism’ as shared (noting the well-intentioned but nonetheless misguided mistakes of parents and professionals). She has completed ground-breaking work on some of the toughest topics in autism by reviewing the research, outlining new theories, and developing practical instructional strategies, most notably Gray’s Guide to Bullying (2004) and Gray’s Guide to Loss, Learning, and Students with ASD (2003).

Schedule Overview

Wednesday, October 24th

  • 11:00am-12:00pm - Registration/Check-In
  • 12:00pm-4:00pm - Keynote by Carol Gray
  • 4:15pm-6:00pm - Legislative Panel/Social

Thursday, October 25th

  • 7:30am-8:00am - Registration/Check-In
  • 8:00am-9:15am - 1st Breakout Sessions
  • 9:30am-10:45am - 2nd Breakout Sessions
  • 11:00am-12:15pm - 3rd Breakout Sessions

The objective of this program is to provide participants with the knowledge necessary to provide up-to-date and appropriate care of patients on the ASD spectrum.