2013 Annual Conference
November 9, 2013
Red Lion, Olympia, WA

Safety awareness is a topic that goes far beyond cupboard and door latches and ID bracelets. The level of risk and vulnerability for individuals with ASD is as varied and complex as their individual diagnosis. And it changes with growth and development and varies from setting to setting. There is no single set of tools and applications that apply to every person and every situation.

Don’t miss this opportunity to increase your awareness of safety and reduce the vulnerability of those in your care or for yourself.

Please note: This event is open to members and non-members. Joining ASW is encouraged but not required in order to attend.


The Challenges in Effectively Addressing the Needs of all Impacted by Autism

Scott Badesch, President/CEO Autism Society of America

Today, more people than ever before are living with autism.  But our nation does not have a comprehensive plan or national commitment to have each person living with autism  maximize his or her quality of life each day, be provided opportunities for success, and be treated and respected with the highest dignity.  Mr. Badesch will provide a framework for how this can all change for the better.


Autism Safety & Risk Management
Building Community with First Responders

Genevieve Athens, MBA, Autism Lifespan Coach

Ms. Athens will present on autism related risks, response plans for dangerous wandering, safety at home, on campus, while traveling, disclosure options, 911 call center registries and reducing victimization.

In the second presentation, Ms. Athens will discuss how parents and care providers conduct outreach to their local law enforcement, officers who are assigned to their neighborhood and other first responders.   Ideas will be shared on how stake holders can sponsor an event to host law enforcement for engagement and understanding of ASD.

Emergency Management Systems

There is a growing list of tracking devices and database systems that are designed to address the needs of the autism community and assist first responders in a crisis. Commonly referred to as Vulnerable Adult & Child registries, they are designed to hold information voluntarily given by caretakers in the event that an emergency occurs. We have a representative from one location in our state where these systems are being operated. Also, there are efforts to support integration of vulnerable populations into all phases of emergency management – planning, preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery. Come hear our speaker talk about working with  both agencies and individuals in this area.

King County Smart911 – Kayreen Lum, Program Coordinator

Disaster Preparedness for Vulnerable Populations – Sheri Badger, Pierce County Emergency Management


Are We Ready for This? Sexuality Intervention for Teens

Kelly Ferris, M.Ed., BCBA, Organization for Research and Learning (ORL)

This presentation will give a brief overview on the importance of sexuality instruction for people on the spectrum, what a comprehensive curriculum entails, roles of instructors and who they are, and importance and implications of adaptive skills.  Most importantly, the presentation will provide opportunities for breaking-the-ice in talking about sex and sexuality for this population.


Self-Advocates Panel

Our Self-Advocates Panel is three adults on the autism spectrum who will share their experiences and talk about what they learned along the way for self-advocacy.

Bullying in the Workplace – Sully McGinnis, Kitchen Sink Project

Bullying and Self-Advocacy in School and the Community – Bill Peters, Three Rivers Autism Outreach

The Four Chains of Success for Individuals with Autism – David Maier


Becker & Associates
Cascade Service Dogs
The Center
Kinder Swim
Kokua Services
Hidden Spring Book Company
University of Washington Autism Center

Following the program, please join us for our 2013 Annual Membership Meeting and learn more about the Autism Society of Washington and our plans for 2014.

Scholarships available for families and adults with ASD.
We have a limited number of scholarships funded by contributions from sponsors. Please apply by contacting the ASW office directly by phone (360) 515-8910 or email: conniea@autismsocietyofwa.org

Thank You Scholarship Sponsors!

Dan Blanchard
Jack McCann


Sponsorship Opportunities 
Mail In Registration Form
On-line Registration Option
2013 Conference Program

Hotel Accommodations: Conference overnight room rate at the Red Lion: $89 plus tax and fees. (must mention Autism Society of Washington; this special conference rate expires Nov 4, 2013)