Lighting the Way Autism Conference

Augustana University Lighting the Way Conference: Autism Spectrum Disorders in Our Community

Augustana's 12th annual conference is June 13-14.

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About the 2019 Conference

2019 Keynote Presenters

Sarah WardSarah Ward

  • Sarah Ward, MS, CCC-SLP has more than 20 years of experience in diagnostic evaluations, treatment and case management of children, adolescents and adults with language learning disabilities, nonverbal learning disabilities, attention deficit disorder, executive dysfunction, Asperger’s disorders and social pragmatics. Ward holds a faculty appointment at the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions where she provides instruction to graduate level students in the assessment and treatment of individuals with traumatic brain injury and other cognitive communication disorders. A dynamic presenter, Ward regularly presents nationally and internationally on the topic of executive functioning to a variety of professional and parent organizations.

Scott BelliniScott Bellini

  • Scott Bellini is the Director of the Social Skills Research Clinic (SSRC), a university-based center specializing in developing and empirically examining the outcomes of social skill interventions for youth with ASD. He is also a faculty member in the School Psychology program at Indiana University, Bloomington, a licensed psychologist in the state of Indiana, and an endorsed Health Services Provider in Psychology. Bellini is currently conducting research on professional development outcomes for educators, anxiety disorders, and social skill interventions, including video modeling for youth on the autism spectrum. He has published numerous research manuscripts and has provided consultation and training to families and professionals in more than 35 states on the topic of social skills programming for students with ASD. Bellini is the author of the book, Building Social Relationships, which was named the Literary Work of the Year by the Autism Society of America.