Conference to Focus on Autism Spectrum Disorders June 12-13

According to recent numbers released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in 68 children today has a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder — a 30 percent increase in just two years.

This summer, parents, educators, professionals and nationally known experts will discuss those numbers and more during the seventh annual Lighting the Way Conference, focusing on autism spectrum disorders in our community, set for June 12-13 on the Augustana College campus in Sioux Falls.

Cost to attend is $100. Registration deadline is Friday, June 6. Register at

Following the conference, attendees and community members are invited to participate in the Lighting the Way Autism Walk on Saturday, June 14.

The event's keynote speakers are:

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  • Judy Endow, an author and international speaker on a variety of autism-related topics, member of the Wisconsin DPI Statewide Autism training team and board member of both the Autism Society of America, Wisconsin Chapter, and the Autism National Committee.
  • Dr. Paul H. Wehman, 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 at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). He received the VCU School of Medicine Research Recognition Award and was elected a life-long emeritus member of APSE: The Employment Network,  an organization dedicated to the employment of people with significant disabilities).
  • 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 (Drumline) and the Mariachi Band! For more information contact Jennifer Miller at 605.376.5959 or