The agenda below reflects the 2024 event. The agenda for the 2025 event will be available soon.

February 23, 2024 | In-person and Online | Bryant Conference Center, Tuscaloosa, AL

Time Session
7:00 am – 8:00 am Registration and Breakfast
8:00 am – 8:15 am Convene
Sarah O’Kelley, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, UAB Department of Psychology; Director, Autism Spectrum Disorders Clinic at UAB Civitan International Research Center – Sparks Clinics
8:15 am – 9:30 am Supporting Transition to Adulthood: STEPS to Success
Susan White, Ph.D.

Doddridge Saxon Chairholder
Professor, Director, Center for Youth Development and Intervention, University of Alabama
9:30 am – 9:45 am Break and Exhibits/Research Posters
9:45 am – 11:00 am Better Understanding Autism through the Lens of Motor Skills and Movement
Brittany G. Travers, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Waisman Center Investigator, Austin Faculty Fellow
Occupational Therapy Program in the Department of Kinesiology
University of Wisconsin-Madison
11:00 am – 11:15  am Break and Exhibits/Research Posters
11:15 am – 12:30 pm Project TEAM: Empowering transition age youth with developmental disabilities to problem solve barriers to participation
Jessica M. Kramer, Ph.D., OTR/L
Associate Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy
University of Florida
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch
CARES Award Presentation
AAPN Scholarship Award Winner Presentation
1:30 pm – 2:45 pm Sensory Processing: A Strengths-Based Approach to Intervention
Lauren Little, Ph.D., OTR/L, FAOTA
Associate Dean of Research, Associate Professor
Rush University
1:30 pm – 2:45 pm How to Support Caregivers Who Care for Toddlers with Characteristics of Autism Through Coaching and Mentorship
Mallory Manning, M.S., CCC-SLP and Pamela Ramsey, M.C.D., CCC-SLP
1:30 pm – 2:45 pm Understanding and Advocating for your Rights: Presentation and Q&A with ADAP
*All attendees who identify as self-advocates are welcome to attend; No professional approvals offered.
2:45 pm – 3:15 pm Break and Exhibits
3:15 pm – 4:30 pm Defining Autism: From Nonspeaking to Doctor in Education
Dr. Kerry Magro
Professional Speaker & Author
4:30 pm Evaluations, Professional Approvals, Sign-in Sheets and Adjournment

*Learner objectives for the 23rd Annual Alabama Autism Conference can be found here