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

If you’ve already filled out our guide and want to submit your payment, click here.

2022 Conference Exhibitors & Sponsors

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

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors


Covid-19 Expectations and Procedures

At CA Human Services, our first priority is the safety of our staff, guests, and volunteers. In response to the on-going COVID-19 health concerns, we have developed a list of expectations for everyone attending the 20th Annual Autism Conference. Please be advised that all in-person attendees are required to follow these procedures, and failure to do so could result in being asked to leave the Conference or attend it virtually outside of the Richmond Westin.


To view our COVID-19 policies and procedures, please click here.

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.

Call for Posters

This year, we’re hoping to feature student research during our conference by hosting a poster session. Students in LCSW, BCBA, or ABA programs are welcomed and encouraged to attend. To learn more and get involved, click below.

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

CA Partner Discounts

DBHDBS staff and CSB staff are eligible for a professional discount off the cost of full-price tickets. 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. BACB track sessions will be marked as such, and you must attend the sessions in that track to qualify. If you choose that option, you will need to attend each session in its entirety.


If you have further questions, please email us.

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.

Conference Schedule

Day 1: Wednesday, March 9

8:00am- 8:30am: Registrations, Greeting, Breakfast

8:30am-8:45am: Opening Address and Partner Recognition with Jessica Phillips


Opening Keynote: Best Practices in Human Service Management and Supervision

Hosted by Dr. David Wilder, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Breakout Session 10:30am-11:45pm

Session 1A: Early Achievements Intervention: Targeting Core Autism Mechanisms to Support Meaning Construction, Language, and Social Learning

Hosted by Dr. Rebecca Landa, PhD, CCC-SLP

Session 1B: Launching Into Adulthood

Hosted by Sarah Sheppard and Craig Simmons.

Session 1C: Title To Be Announced

Hosted by Staci Carr, PhD and Daniel Irwin, M.Ed., BCBA, LBA

11:45pm-1:00pm: Lunch and Exhibitor Pop-Ups

Breakout Session 1:00pm-2:30pm

Session 2A: Conducting Functional Assessment of Challenging Behavior in Typical Practice Settings: Ethical and Practical Concerns

Hosted by Dr. Einar. Ingvarsson, BCBA-D, LBA

Session 2B: Self Care for Leaders: Replenishing the Well that Fills the Cups

Hosted by Dr. Rebecca Vauter, Psy.D, ABPP, CCHP-MH

Session 2C: Overview of Positive Behavior Supports in Classrooms and Schools

Hosted virtually by Dr. Keith Storey, Ph.D., BCBA-D


Closing Keynote: The Four Universal Mandatories of Mapping, Mental Health/Wellness, Mediation, and Mentorship

Hosted virtually by Dr. Nathaniel Williams, LSW, DSW, Ed.D, MPA, MHS

4:00pm-6:00pm: Networking and Exhibition Hall

Day 2: Thursday, March 10

8:00am- 8:30am: Registrations, Greeting, Breakfast

8:30am-8:45am: Opening Address and Sponsor Recognition with Jessica Phillips

Opening Keynote: Rediscovering Our Heart: Social Validity, Values, and Psychological Flexibility

Hosted by Dr. Siri Ming, PhD, BCBA-D

Breakout Session 10:30am-11:45am

Session 3A: Estate Planning & Special Needs Trust

Hosted by Steven Burns, Esq.

Session 3B: Accountability as Empowerment: A Behavioral Understanding of Integrity

Hosted by Dr. Scott Herbst, Phd, BCBA

Session 3C: Session Title to be Announced

Hosted virtually by Dr. Julie Gilliam, Ph.D

11:45pm-1:00pm: Lunch and Exhibitor Pop-Ups

Breakout Session 1:00pm-2:30pm

Session 4A: RFT, EIBI, and VB, Oh My!: Building Foundations and Teaching for Generativity

Hosted by Dr. Siri Ming, PhD, BCBA-D

Session 4B: Session Title to be Announced

Hosted by Lindsey Nebeker

Session 4C: Session Title to be Announced

Hosted by Laurie Ackles


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

Hosted by Dr. Scott Herbst, Phd, BCBA

4:00pm-6:00pm: Raffle and Networking Hall

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

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. Scott Herbst

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.

Dr. Nathaniel Williams

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. David Wilder

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 to maintain a successful clinical practice.  

Breakout Speakers

Dr. Rebecca Vauter

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

Dr. Storey 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. 

Dr. Einar T. Ingvarsson

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

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. 

Steve Burns

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.

Sarah Sheppard

Sarah’s biography coming soon!

Dr. Julie Gilliam

Dr. Gilliam’s biography coming soon!

Laurie Ackles

Laurie’s biography coming soon!

Dr. Staci Carr

Dr. Carr’s biography coming soon!

Daniel Irwin

Daniel’s biography coming soon!