Lighting the Way

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Save the date for
June 11-12, 2015

Registration opens in February.

Keynote speakers will be Tom Fields-Meyer and Jennifer O’Toole.

The Conference theme for the June 12-13, 2014, event was Solutions for Success: Diagnosis Through Adulthood.

  • The $100 registration fee included meals, breaks and handouts.
  • Books are available at the campus bookstore's website for your shopping convenience.
  • Registration: 8-8:30 a.m., Thursday, June 12, Edith Mortenson Center. Badges and materials for the conference will be available.
  • Reception for Parents: 5-7 p.m., Thursday, June 12, at the Fellows' Presidential Residence, located near campus at 2817 S. Grange Ave.
  • Parent Scholarships available — Contact SD Parent Connection at
  • Graduate Credit is available for additional fee. SDDOE renewal credit and CEUs are available at no additional cost.
  • Brochure — Contains the registration form that can be printed and mailed.
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  • Contact Us — If you have questions or need further information about the conference.

2014 Keynote speakers:

Thursday, June 12

Judy Endow, MSWJudy Endow, MSW is an author and international speaker on a variety of autism-related topics, and is part of the Wisconsin DPI Statewide Autism Training Team and a board member of both the Autism Society of America, Wisconsin Chapter and the Autism National Committee. In addition, Judy works with the Autistic Global Initiative (AGI), a program of the Autism Research Institute.

Judy maintains a private practice in Madison, Wisconsin, providing consultation for families, school districts and other agencies. Besides having autism herself, she is the parent of three now grown sons, one of whom is on the autism spectrum. In her spare time Judy enjoys expressing her thoughts and ideas by creating one-of-a-kind hand-built pottery sculptures and painting with acrylics.

Friday, June 13

Paul H. Wehman, Ph.D.Paul Wehman, Ph.D., is a Professor of Physical Medicine, Rehabilitation and Chairman of Rehabilitation Research with a joint appointment in the Departments of Special Education and Disability Policy and Rehabilitation Counseling. He received the VCU School of Medicine Research Recognition Award (June, 2007) and was elected Life Long Emeritus Member of APSE: The Employment Network, in August 2006 (an organization dedicated to the employment of people with significant disabilities).

Dr. Wehman has written, co- authored, or edited 42 commercially published books and written over 200 journal articles, mostly in the transition and employment areas. He is on several editorial boards and has been Editor of the Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation for 18 years. Dr. Wehman is the parent of two children with disabilities.

Apple iPad Lab

Apple iPad Technology has opened up new avenues of communication for individuals with autism spectrum disorders. The iPad lab will provide an opportunity to learn about these tools and try iPad Apps designed for those with autism spectrum disorders. Apple iPads will be provided, but feel free to bring your own iPad.

Lighting the Way Autism Walk: Saturday, June 14

9-11 a.m. — Meet at Commons Circle, near Morrison Commons.

The focus of the Lighting the Way Autism Walk is to raise awareness and connect families with each other and local resources.

Our goal is to have record attendance at the Autism Walk to help each family build a network of support as they continue their journey with their family member with autism.

Begin organizing your team now and join us for a walk celebrating stellar resources, networking with friends and families of individuals with autism, and SuFuDu (drum line) and the Mariachi Band!

For more information contact Jennifer Miller at 605.376.5959 or