Tickets for the 20th Annual Autism Conference Now Available!

We hope you’re as excited as we are! Tickets for our Annual Autism Conference are now on sale. The conference will be held at The Westin Richmond on March 9th & 10th, 2022. All tickets purchased before December 30th will be priced at a discount. As safety is our number one priority, registrants have the opportunity to attend the Conference virtually or in-person.


Click the button below to claim either one day or two day tickets!


Our sponsors are essential to our organization and our conference. If you want to get involved and become part of our mission, click below to review our sponsorship packet and submit your payment!

Interested in supporting the Annual Autism Conference? Click here to view our 2022 Sponsorship Guide

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2022 Conference Exhibitors & Sponsors

Stay tuned for information about the generous sponsors and exhibitors of our 20th Annual Autism Conference.

Gold Sponsors

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Call for Artwork

Each year we ask for artwork submissions inspired by our conference theme from young people with autism, up to the age of 18. Click below to learn more about our art competition and submit your work.

20th Annual Autism Conference

Hosted March 9th and 10th, 2022

Established in 2001, our annual conference is Virginia’s first and oldest statewide conference for the latest information on autism and evidence-based interventions. Keep reading to learn more about our upcoming 20th Annual Conference.

Information for Students and Professionals

Professional Discounts

DBHDBS staff, CSB staff, REACH staff and professionals at any organization that provides licensed day or residential day support are eligible for a professional discount. Please contact Cameron Kelley, Marketing & Events Coordinator, to get the discount code before registering. Call (804) 355-0300 or email.


Every participant will receive a certificate of attendance. Teachers can use this certificate to earn professional development points (PDPs). Please ask your school administrator for specifics on qualifying for PDPs.


We offer conference scholarships for self-advocates, families and caregivers. For more information about scholarships, email us.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

We are certified as a Type 2 Continuing Education provider by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. If you participate in BACB sessions and meet all BACB standards, you can earn up to 8.5 credits at this conference. When you register for the conference, you’ll be asked whether you want to earn CEUs. If you choose that option, you will need to attend each session in its entirety.

We are certified as a continuing education provider by the National Association of Social Workers, Virginia Chapter for 1.25 Category I contact hours. When you register for the conference you will need to choose the mental health track. If you choose that option, you will receive a certificate of attendance. It will be your responsibility to reach out to NASW for the CEs.

For more information on either track, please contact

Professional Development Points (PDPs)

Every participant will receive a certificate of attendance. Teachers can use this certificate to earn professional development points (PDPs). Please ask your school administrator for specifics on qualifying for PDPs.

Meet the Speakers

Below is a preview of the speakers attending the 20th Annual Autism Conference. We will be releasing additional details on the speakers as the conference date grows closer. Watch this space!

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Siri Ming

Keynote: Rediscovering our heart: Social validity, values and psychological flexibility

Dr. Ming is a scientist-practitioner with over 25 years of industry experience. Her background includes experience from direct intervention work with children with autism to regional level quality assurance for developmental disability services across the life span. Her keynote will address what it means to provide socially valid services, and the concept of “psychological flexibility.”

Dr. David Wilder

Keynote: Best Practices in Human Service Management and Supervision 

Dr. Wilder is the Head of the School of Behavior Analysis at the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Florida. He is the current editor of the Journal of Organizational Behavior Management (JOBM). He is also on the editorial boards of Behavioral Interventions, Education and Treatment of Children, and Behavior Modification. His Keynote speech will focus on the skills behavioral analysts need to develop and maintain a successful clinical practice. 

Dr. Nathaniel Williams

Keynote: The Universal 4Ms – The 4 Universal Mandatories of Mapping, Mental Health/Wellness, Mediation, and Mentorship

Dr. Williams is an author, lecturer, and entrepreneur. He is the President and CEO of HumanWorks Affiliates Inc., a cluster of organizations which seek to support social service agencies. His lecture will focus on the mindfulness and wellness themes he explores in his most recent book.

Dr. Scott Herbst

Keynote: Kill the Impostor: An RFT Analysis of Impostor Syndrome and What You Can Do About It

Presentation: Accountability as Empowerment: A Behavioral Understanding of Integrity

Dr. Scott Herbst is the founder and president of SixFlex Training and Consulting and the Chief Programming Officer for Pivot 2 Inclusion.  He earned his PhD at the University of Nevada, Reno where he focused his studies in organizational systems, Relational Frame Theory, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. His keynote presentation will focus on Relational Frame Theory (RFT) and how it can enable problem solving. His breakout presentation will define integrity and discuss integrity as a behavioral framework.

Breakout Session Speakers

Dr. Einar T. Ingvarsson

Presentation: Conducting Functional Assessment of Challenging Behavior in Typical Practice Settings: Ethical and Practical Concerns

Dr. Ingvarsson is Director of Training and Research at the Virginia Institute of Autism, and serves as Adjunct Faculty in the School of Education and Human Development at University of Virginia. His talk will focus on the ways practitioners can implement “ethical, safe, and practical” functional assessments. 

Dr. Rebecca Landa

Presentation: Early Achievements Intervention: Targeting Core Autism Mechanisms to Support Meaning Construction, Language, and Social Learning 

Dr. Landa is a professional speech pathologist who is credited as the founder and executive director of the Center for Autism and Related Disorders at Kennedy Krieger Institute, where she is vice president. She also works as a professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and CEO of Bundle of Learning. 

Dr. Rebecca Vauter

Presentation: Self-Care for Leaders: Replenishing the Well that Fills the Cups 

Dr. Vauter is a licensed clinical psychologist who is board-certified in forensic psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology; and a Certified Correctional Health Professional. She currently serves as the Chief Behavioral Health Officer for Armor Health. Her presentation will focus on self-care plans and techniques for leaders, and help participants develop a consistent self-care strategy.

Dr. Keith Storey

Presentation: Overview of Positive Behavior Supports in Classrooms and Schools

Dr. Storey is is a Professor Emeritus at Touro University in Vallejo, California. He has forty years of experience working with individuals with disabilities. His focus is specifically on the transition from school to adult life, functional analysis and positive behavioral supports, and curriculum development. His presentation will provide an overview on understanding and analyzing positive behavior supports for teachers and other service providers. 

Steve Burns

Presentation: Estate Planning & Special Needs Trusts 

Steve Burns focuses his legal practice on estate and special needs planning, guardianship and conservatorship matters, estate administration, and fiduciary litigation. He is a graduate from Catholic University, Columbus School of Law and has over ten years of legal experience working on special needs planning and guardianship matters. His presentation is designed for caregivers with children with special needs. He will discuss the elements of Special Needs Trusts and how caregivers can utilize them to support their children.