University of San Diego Summer Autism Conference Builds Bond of Support

Autism has no specific shape, color or form. For years, professionals and parents have connected the behavior of individuals with the autism label in social constructs, which has led to confusion and misdiagnosis. The goal of the University of San Diego’s Summer Autism Conference is to challenge the present definitions and understanding of autism and build new understanding. The conference, “Together We Can Do It: Building Personalized Supports and Instruction Through Relationships and Collaboration,” is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., June 24-26, in Mother Rosalie Hill Hall.

National and international experts and support groups will discuss personalized supports and instruction for children, adolescents and adults with learning, sensory and movement differences. They will show participants that support starts with understanding the true nature of each individual and teaching social and fun accommodations to support communication, learning and relationships.

Topics include:

•  How to support an autistic individual by sharing personal experiences

• Putting one in the mind of an autistic individual – by experiencing autism it serves as a point of understanding for the development of more meaningful and effective relationships and supports with and for individuals with autism.

• Ways we can listen to people and support them by trusting and mutual relationship 

• Multimedia presentation from the Autism Hub

• The importance of extracurricular inclusion, social friendships, and relationships for all students, including students with disabilities

• How to make interactions with all others more direct and clear- beyond reinforcement and effective instructional strategy to use

• Leaning the true meaning of ‘accommodations’ – to serve and support people to develop new accommodations

• San Diego Unified School District’s Striving Readers’ Project

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The University of San Diego is a Catholic institution of higher learning chartered in 1949; the school enrolls approximately 7,500 undergraduate and graduate students and is known for its commitment to teaching, the liberal arts, the formation of values and community service. The inauguration of the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies brings the university’s total number of schools and colleges to six. Other academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences and the schools of Business Administration, Law, Leadership and Education Sciences, and Nursing and Health Science.


About the University of San Diego

The University of San Diego sets the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university where innovative Changemakers confront humanity’s urgent challenges. With more than 9,000 students from 69 countries and 50 states, USD is the youngest independent institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of top 100 universities in the United States. The university's eight academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, the School of Law, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, and the Division of Professional and Continuing Education. USD's Envisioning 2024 strategic plan capitalizes on the university’s recent progress and aligns new strategic goals with current strengths to help shape a vision for the future as the university looks ahead to its 75th anniversary in the year 2024.