Autism Connections, the western Massachusetts Autism Center serving families and individuals in Berkshire, Franklin, Hampshire and Hampden counties, is hosting the 29th Annual Autism Conference on April 23 at the Springfield Sheraton Monarch Place Hotel. Katie Drumm and Joanne Lucey are here to tell us all about the conference.

The day-long educational conference brings together parents, educators, self-advocates, professionals, organizations and agencies to learn, be inspired and connect.

An Exhibitor Showcase will highlight a large number of local and state organizations specializing in autism related services and products. 

New this year are morning and afternoon breakout sessions which focus on autism related topics, including Relationship Building, Communication Supports, Psychological Evaluations/Results, Autism Insurance Law and many more! 

Keynote speakers Gina Terrasi Gallagher and Patricia Terrasi, (co-authors of the best-selling book Shut Up About Your Perfect Kid, A Survival Guide for Ordinary Parents of Special Children), will speak about the frustrations, stigmas, joys and challenges they have faced as parents of children with disabilities. 

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