Oklahoma Statewide Autism Conference


2016 logo without OSAC square

 Oklahoma’s ninth annual conference on Autism Spectrum Disorder 
For Families, Health Professionals, Educators, and Advocates

Embassy Suites Norman - Hotel & Conference Center
December 7, 2017 

To the world you may be one person; but to one person you may be the world.   Dr. Seuss


Morning Session


Barry M. Prizant, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Director, Childhood Communication Services
Adjunct Professor, Brown University

Uniquely Human: A Different Way of Seeing Autism  
(based on Barry’s new book)

There are many misconceptions about autism and the experience of autistic people. In this presentation, myths surrounding 1) behaviors observed in autism, 2) the view of autism as a tragedy and 3) the belief that autism is only experienced by the individual with the ASD, diagnosis will be challenged and a paradigm-shifting perspective will be offered.

The presentation will conclude with a summary of evidence that leads to a compelling new way of understanding and living with autism, by honoring the uniqueness of each individual, by building on interests and strengths and by providing a range of appropriate supports. Specific educational/treatment implications will be presented that challenge approaches that focus on "fixing" people with autism and that measure progress primarily on the basis of eliminating symptoms.


Successful Inclusion for Students with Autism

In this presentation, the challenges and advantages of educating children with ASD in inclusive learning environments will be explored.  Six essential components that will be considered are planning, attitude, expectations, flexibility, supports and team work.  Particular emphasis will be given to the importance of the role of teachers in creating a culture and sense of community in classrooms and across each school, with the support of specialists, paraprofessionals and administrators.


Afternoon Session


Kari Dunn Buron, MS

Autism Education Specialist

Ain’t Just Misbehavin’

Over the past 15 years, there have been unprecedented advances in neuroscience related to the development of social behavior and emotional regulation.  These advances include information about social awareness, social attention, self-awareness, self-management and self-control.  This new research not only documents that these skills are necessary for successful social interactions, but that they are developmental skills that can be taught. 

This presentation will challenge participants to consider how they think about complex behaviors in the educational setting and how they make decisions about programming for the person who exhibits challenging or confusing behavior.   The speaker will present strategies that parents and educators can easily use to begin this process of teaching social cognition.  The information in this presentation should be a part of every team discussion for all students who exhibit upsetting, confusing, challenging or even violent behavior.

To view the agenda, visit our past conferences pages

Continuing Education

Continuing education approval will be applied for with the following boards for up to 6.0 hours of CEU credit.  All attendees will need to retain a copy of their certificate of attendance in the event of an audit.  Certificates of Attendance are available to Professional / Educator registrants only.


Physical Therapists: Physical Therapy Committee, State Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision. 6.0 hours

Psychologists: Oklahoma Board of Examiners of Psychologists, The University of Oklahoma is an approved provider.  6.0 hours

Social Workers: The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma Autism Network is an approved CE Provider by the Oklahoma Board of Licensed Social Workers, CE Provider number: 20170027. 6.0 hours

Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists: Oklahoma Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. 6.0 hours



Licensed Behavioral Practitioners: North American Association of Masters in Psychology. 

Licensed Professional Counselors and Licensed Marital and Family Therapists: State Board of Behavioral Health Licensure. 

Occupational Therapists: Occupational Therapy Committee, State Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision. 

OKDHS-DDS Supervisors / Staff / Provider Agency Staff: Oklahoma Department of Human Services, Developmental Disabilities Services. 


Excellence in Autism Award

Jan Moss2014 
Jan Moss

Private Consultant
Freelance Consultancy & Training

Former Director of Leadership and Advocacy
Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Best Practices
OU Health Sciences Center



Gary Albright2013
Gary Albright

Employment Specialist II
Autism Spectrum Disorder Transition Services Pilot & Transitional Work Adjustment Instructor
Goodwill Industries of Tulsa



Jim Nicholson2012
Jim Nicholson

Developmental Disabilities Services
Oklahoma Department of Human Services





Mansur Choudry2011
Mansur Choudry, BSc Engg, MBA, Med, BCBA

Director of Autism Behavioral Education Lab (ABEL)
Special Care





Jill Scott, MEd 
Special Ed teacher
Putnam City North High School


Diana Mobley2009
Diana Mobley, PhD

Licensed Psychologist
Private Practice

Family Respite Care Education Voucher


Caregivers planning to attend the Oklahoma Statewide Autism Conference may be eligible to receive an Educational Voucher.  $50 for a half day or $100 for full day, limited availability. 

Guidelines for Caregivers to receive Lifespan Respite Grant Vouchers for Educational Events:

  1. Caregivers are fulltime, unpaid caregivers providingcare 8 or more hours in a 24 hour period;
  2. Care recipients need alternative caregiving during theeducational event;
  3. Caregivers must be registered for the event; and 
  4. Caregivers must complete an application prior to thee ducational event.

For more information and questions, please contact:

Robyn Boswell by
Email: robyn-boswell@ouhsc.edu
Phone:  405-271-5700 ext.47801

Website: soonersuccess.ouhsc.edu 

Download the flyer

Family Scholarship Application

Who Is Eligible

  • Applicants must be an individual with autism or a parent, legal guardian or grandparent of individual with autism.


Application Process

  • Applicants must complete both pages of the scholarship application.
  • Applicants are responsible for their transportation and lodging.
  • A limited number of scholarships are available on a first-come, first served basis.
  • Applications will be accepted through November 1, 2017.
  • Applicants will be notified upon receipt of their application if they have been selected to receive a scholarship.
  • Scholarship recipients should not complete the conference registration form.  Scholarship recipients will be registered by the Oklahoma Autism Network.


How to Apply

  1. Mail completed form to: Oklahoma Autism Network, College of Allied Health, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, 1200 North Stonewall Avenue, Room 1140, Oklahoma City, OK 73117
  2. Fax completed form to: 405.271.2630
  3. Email completed form to: okautism@ouhsc.edu


Print the family scholarship application

Location and Reservations

Conference Location

Embassy Suites by Hilton Norman Hotel and Conference Center
2501 Conference Drive
Norman, Oklahoma  73069

A room block has been secured. Rooms are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. The guest rate is $124 plus tax (single rate).


Reservation Deadline

The special room rate will be available until 5:00 pm on November 15, 2017 or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first.

Group Name:

Oklahoma Statewide Autism Conference

Group Code:


Hotel Name:

Embassy Suites by Hilton Norman Hotel and Conference Center

Hotel Address:

2501 Conference Drive


Norman Oklahoma



Registration by Phone:


 Registration On-line:






Barry M. Prizant, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Director, Childhood Communication Services
Adjunct Professor, Brown University

Dr. Barry Prizant is recognized as one of the world’s leading scholars in autism spectrum disorders and communication disabilities, with more than 40 years experience as a researcher and international consultant for individuals with ASD and related disabilities. He is a certified Speech-Language Pathologist, an Adjunct Professor at Brown University, and Director of Childhood Communication Services, a private practice. Formerly, he was a Professor of Communication Disorders at Emerson College and Associate Professor of Psychiatry in the Brown University Medical School. Publications include four books, 130 chapters and articles and The SCERTS Model manuals, an educational approach now being implemented in more than a dozen countries. Barry has presented more than 800 seminars and keynote addresses internationally, included featured presentations at the United Nations in 2013 and 2017 for World Autism Awareness Day. For more than 20 years, he has co-developed and co-facilitated an annual retreat weekend for parents of family members on the autism spectrum. Barry has received many honors including the 2014 Honors of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, their highest honor, 2005 Princeton University-Eden Career Award in autism, and the 2013 Divine Neurotypical Award of GRASP (Global Regional Asperger Syndrome Partnership). He also is a performing percussionist with a special interest in the positive impact of the arts on quality of life for persons with disabilities. His most recent book is Uniquely Human: A Different Way of Seeing Autism (Simon & Schuster, 2015).

Kari Dunn Buron, MS

Autism Education Specialist

Kari taught in the K-12 public school system with students on the autism spectrum for 30+ years and was a founding member of the MN Autism Project.  She developed an Autism Spectrum Disorders Certificate program for educators at Hamline University in St. Paul, MN and is on the Advisory Board for the Autism Society of Trinidad and Tobago; Life College in MN and the Autism Society of MN.   In 2003, Kari received a Self-designed Fellowship that allowed her to spend a year interviewing and working internationally with a number of scientists and researchers in the area of Neuroscience, Social Cognition, Education and Autism with a focus on challenging behaviors.  Kari has presented her work both nationally and internationally and in 2012, she was inducted into the Illinois State University Department of Education Hall of Fame.

Kari is the co-author of The Incredible 5-Point Scale (Revised Edition) and Social Behavior and Self-Management.  She is the author of When My Worries Get Too Big,  (Revised Edition and winner of the 2013 Mom’s Choice Award),  Adalyn’s ClareA 5 Could Make Me Lose Control and A 5 is Against the Law! (2008 ASA literary award winner).  Kari is the co-editor of a textbook for educators titled Learners on the Autism Spectrum: Preparing Highly Qualified Educators (2009 ASA literary award winner) Her most recent project is The Social Times Curriculum, a curriculum for teachers working with students who struggle with social understanding and challenging behavior.

The Howell Family

Recognized as the 2017 Special Olympics State Family of the Year, the Howell family has prided itself on living life outside the box. Always pushing the limits of what life has to offer, the Howell’s have chosen to approach challenges directly. With 16 year old triplets boys on the autism spectrum and a fiery 12 year old daughter to rule them all, the Howell’s are a divergent family at best.

Duane Howell is a LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities) fellow who served as the Family Facilitator for the Child Study Center’s JumpStart Clinic and the Family Partner for Center for Learning and Leadership’s 360 center.  Duane currently is focusing on an advocacy role for his family as he has traded his professional role to focus on his role at home. Danielle Howell is an educator with over 15 years of classroom teaching experience. Danielle has benefitted many districts with her passion for teaching accompanied by her specialties in reading recovery and ESL.  

Duane and Danielle are committed to championing their efforts to further the awareness of Autism and the challenges it poses to families. Both members of the Oklahoma Healthcare Authorities’ MATF (Member Advisory Task Force), they are at the forefront to assist with change through advisement.     

The Howell family consists of Duane, Danielle, Jacob, Keegan, Harrison, and Libby.      

To view the presenters, visit our past conferences pages


Registration Fees


Family Member/
Individual with ASD*


(Student ID Required)

Early Registration  (Aug 15 - Sept 30, 2017)

$79 or $128/couple



Registration (Oct 1 - Nov 15, 2017)

$99 or $148/couple



Late/On-Site Registration (Nov 16 - Dec 7, 2017)

$119 or $168/couple




How to Register

  • Mail completed form and payment to: OUHSC-Oklahoma Autism Network, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center,
    College of Allied Health, 1200 N. Stonewall Avenue, Room 1140, Oklahoma City, OK, 73117, or
  • Fax or mail completed registration form with copy of Purchase Order to 405.271.2630, or
  • To pay with a credit card visit our MarketPlace site.

Print a registration form


Terms and Conditions

Check:   Make check payable to OUHSC-Oklahoma Autism Network and mail registration fees by November 15, 2017 to:

Oklahoma Autism Network, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
College of Allied Health
1200 N. Stonewall Avenue, Room 1140
Oklahoma City, OK 73117

To receive the early registration rate, payment must be postmarked by September 30, 2017.
To receive the standard registration rate, payment must be postmarked by November 15, 2017.
All other registrations will be at the late/onsite registration rate.

Registration is not complete until payment is received.


Purchase Order:  Make purchase order payable to OUHSC-Oklahoma Autism Network.  Fax or mail completed registration form with copy of Purchase Order to:

Oklahoma Autism Network, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

College of Allied Health
1200 N. Stonewall Avenue, Room 1140
Oklahoma City, OK 73117

Fax:  405.271.2630

To receive the early registration rate, payment must be postmarked by September 30, 2017.
To receive the standard registration rate, purchase order must be postmarked by November 15, 2017.
All other registrations will be at the late/onsite registration rate.

Registration is not complete until purchase order is received.


Refund Information:  All cancellations must be submitted in writing and postmarked no later than November 15, 2017.   A $30 administration fee will be applied to all cancellations regardless of payment type.

Send cancellation request by Email to okautism@ouhsc.edu or mail to:

Oklahoma Autism Network, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
College of Allied Health
1200 N. Stonewall Avenue Rm 1140
Oklahoma City, OK 73117

Substitutions are allowed.  A request must be submitted in writing or on-site at the registration area.  Substitutes must complete a registration form. For more information, contact the Oklahoma Autism Network at (405) 271-7476 or okautism@ouhsc.edu.


School Personnel - Substitute and Travel Reimbursement


Substitute and travel reimbursement is available through the OSDE-SES's Project 613.  In order to take advantage of this opportunity, districts will need to obtain preapproval by submitting a request via email to your Compliance, Data, and Finance Specialist.  Please use "Project 613" in the subject line and provide the following details:

  1. Names and title of staff members attending
  2. Dates of attendance
  3. Estimated total cost

Additional instructions will be sent after approval.  For questions, please contact: 

Carole Tomlin by
Email:  carole.tomlin@sde.ok.gov
Phone:  405-521-2335

Sponsorship and Exhibitor Opportunities

If you would like to reach the largest autism audience ever assembled in the state to share information about your company's products and services, download a Sponsorship and Exhibitor Opportunities Packet (all sponsorship levels include exhibit space) and read the many ways to reach conference participants.

Exhibit space is limited and reserved on a first-come, first served basis. To purchase an exhibit space by credit card, visit our MarketPlace site. Sponsors do not need to purchase an exhibit space as it is included in the sponsorship benefits.

For general questions and information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact the Oklahoma Autism Network at okautism@ouhsc.edu or call toll-free 877.228.8476.



* Sponsorship link on the conference website for 6 months (3 months before/3 month after)
** Pending approval by conference committee
*** The standard rate for an exhibit booth is $200. The nonprofit rate is $150, and the exhibit application must include 501(c)(3) certificate or equivalent




Tolbert Center for Developmental Disabilities, College of Allied Health, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center





Moore Autism Center, PC and Oklahoma Able Tech

Therapy and Beyond



ABA-OK Consulting LLC

Behavioral Innovations

Center for Language and Autism Support Services (CLASS)

Integrated Brain Health

JD McCarty Center

Volunteer Opportunities

Why Volunteer

  • Interact and network with families, professionals, local and national presenters
  • A few hours of service contributes significantly to the success of the conference
  • Receive free registration to attend one half day (either morning or afternoon sessions)


Who Is Eligible

  • Family members, students, and professionals
  • Must be 18 years of age or older


What are the Terms

  • Volunteers will work one half day (either morning or afternoon shift)
  • Volunteers can attend sessions in the morning or in the afternoon when they are not working, with no registration fee
  • Volunteers will be assigned to a specific volunteer position
  • Volunteers are responsible for other expenses such as travel / lodging, meals, personal belongings, etc.
  • Volunteers will be selected on the basis of their application as there are a very limited number of volunteer positions available
  • Volunteers are required to attend a mandatory orientation meeting the evening of December 6, 2017 at 6:30pm at the Embassy Suites Norman, OK conference site
  • Applications will be accepted until November 9, 2017
  • Volunteer applicants should not complete the conference registration form
  • Applicants will be notified upon receipt of their application if they have been selected for a volunteer position

Print the volunteer application