5th Annual Autism Conference: Supporting Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Apr 01, 2022 - Apr 01, 2022
AT&T Hotel and Conference Center, Room 106
9:00 am - 7:00 pm (CST)

The Department of Special Education is hosting the annual Supporting Individuals with Autism conference, highlighting both academic and personal perspectives of autism. Attendees will attend presentations on cutting-edge research followed by workshops and keynote talks from Dr. Roy McConkey and Dr. Sandy Magaña on getting to know the personal side of autism.

There is no cost associated with attending this conference.

Event Schedule

Session I: Student Research presented by area Texas Universities*
Session II: Workshop for Practitioners “Making family-centered practice work more effectively.”*
Session III: Keynote Speakers
Dr. Roy McConkey
Global focus “Changing perspectives on early intervention in developmental disabilities.“*
Dr. Sandy Magaña
Local focus “Recognizing and Reducing Racial and Ethnic Services and Health Disparities among Autistic Children.”*
Session IV: Discussion with Speakers*
Session V: Parent Workshop presentation with Dr. Roy McConkey in Spanish and English
(¡Habrá traducción simultánea!/simultaneous translations)
“Lo que los padres de familia pueden hacer que lo profesionales no logran solos.” / “What parents can do that professionals can’t do.”
Se puede ver esta sesión por Zoom. El enlace se dará cuando se registre.
*Continuing Education Units (CEU) available.

Dr. Roy McConkey is an Emeritus Professor at Ulster University in Northern Ireland and for over 30 years he has undertaken research and evaluation projects relating to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the UK, Ireland and 19 countries across the globe. He has acted as a consultant to United Nations organizations including UNICEF, UNESCO, WHO and the UN Development program as well as international NGOs. He is the author, co-author and editor of 15 books and has published over 200 articles in international peer-reviewed journals. He is a recipient of the international award of the American Association of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

Dr. Sandy Magaña, Ph.D., MSW, holds the professorship in autism and neurodevelopmental disabilities in the Steve Hicks School of Social Work. Magaña’s research focus is on the cultural context of families who care for persons with disabilities across the life course. Her current research includes investigating racial and ethnic disparities among children with autism and developmental disabilities and developing culturally relevant interventions to address these disparities.