2021 Autism Symposium


Event Information

The Autism Program of Illinois’ 2021 Autism Symposium featured both National and State-level autism experts. Our keynote speaker, nationally recognized Dr. Catherine Lord, presented findings from a 26-year observational study that provides an outlook of factors that may have affected the life trajectories of participants diagnosed on the autism spectrum. This study also shows the diverse pathways that lead to different levels of skill and achievement in individuals with autism.

If you were unable to attend, missed part, or just wanted to review the information presented again, all of the sessions were recorded and are available on this page and the TAP-Illinois YouTube Channel

Dr. Catherine Lord, UCLA

Keynote Speaker

Parent’s Experience Navigating the Diagnostic Process for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Presented by: Grace Lafo, Southern Illinois University Carbondale Dr. Valerie Boyer, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Autism, Technology, and Innovative Initiatives
Presented by: Dr. Maureen Dunne, Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago Dr. Tamar Heller, Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago
Facilitators and Barriers of Neurodivergent Students’ Experience in Postsecondary Education
Presented by: Helen Rottier, University of Illinois at Chicago
Autism from 2 – 30
Dr. Catherine Lord, Ph.D., University of California Los Angeles
Expanding the Definition of ABA and its Implications for Persons with Autism
Presented by: Dr. Mark R Dixon, Ph.D., BCBA-D, University of Illinois at Chicago Jessica M Hinman, BCBA, University of Illinois at Chicago Zhihui Yi, BCBA, University of Illinois at Chicago
Identity-First vs. Person-First Language: Preferences and Impact of Use
Presented by: Amanda Taboas, M.A., Illinois State University Dr. Corinne Zimmerman, Ph.D., Illinois State University Dr. Karla Doepke, Ph.D., Illinois State University

About us

The Autism Program of Illinois (TAP) Service Network is a collaboration of 5 universities and 10 organizations that together operate 20 centers across the state. As a network, TAP is able to offer services that respond to the unique needs of different communities across Illinois.


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