2015 Philadelphia Autism Project Conference: Awareness to Action


The conference was held on October 16th at the Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central Branch. There was an overwhelmingly positive response to this conference, with over 150 conference attendees and speakers including self-advocates, family members, and professionals from throughout the Philadelphia region.

Attendees had the opportunity to connect with leaders in the education, clinical, policy, and research fields, while also learning about the Philadelphia Autism Project community engagement efforts, including the seed award projects.

Conference Goals

  • Provide concrete tools, innovative strategies, and vital resources for Philadelphians across the spectrum and lifespan.
  • Enhance individual-level advocacy skills and strengthen and unify Philadelphia’s grassroots advocacy movement to affect change.


Highlights from the conference included presentations from lead researchers about effectively finding resources to inform treatment planning and decision making.  Attendees also learned skills for communicating with decision makers.

These materials and additional information about the conference can be found below.

Morning Breakout Session Slides and Handouts

What Can You Do? Resources and Supports from Experts in the Field

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