College Inclusion Summit

The College Inclusion Summit:  Supporting Academic Success for Students with Autism and Related Learning Differences

An intensive three-day gathering for professionals working with campus-based and independent programs that support degree-seeking college students with Autism and related learning differences.

Please join us as we gather for a working meeting to discuss successful strategies, challenges and current research related to the support of college students on the Autism Spectrum or related learning needs.

Co-sponsored by Mansfield Hall, the College Autism Network and the University of Vermont College of Education and Social Services

The Summit is specifically for staff of campus-based and select independent programs enrolling degree-seeking students, and researchers whose scholarship focuses on these students and the staff who support them. It is co-sponsored by Mansfield Hall, the College Autism Network and the University of Vermont College of Education and Social Services.

This event is about the work–the day-to-day efforts that staff members make to support their students–and sharing that work with one another. While we will have opening and closing speakers that will be of interest to participants, sessions will be designed to bring together those of you engaged in this work to talk with one another. What’s working? What challenges seem particularly difficult? What can we figure out if given the opportunity to brainstorm together?

We invite individuals and programs to present strategies and initiatives you wish to share, or to facilitate discussions on challenges you face so all may learn from those most closely engaged in similar work.

Also in attendance will be several researchers interested in supporting this work through their scholarship: What research questions would program staff ask if they had the time? What data would they want collected? How would they use data that have already been collected by programs but sit on a shelf because it’s more important, on a daily basis, to serve students?

This will be a low-frills event. Burlington is a beautiful and fun city to visit, and our conference site will be a small venue near Lake Champlain. We will have an opening reception, morning coffee and lunch on Thursday, but we will also provide you with time to explore the lakefront or Burlington’s famous downtown area, Church Street (about three blocks away) and are happy to recommend some of our favorite local restaurants.

“Low-frills” means low price. Our registration fee of $200 will cover the cost of the venue, materials and food. Mansfield Hall and the College Autism Network will cover the rest. We also have been able to get blocks of rooms at two nearby hotels for considerably less than their usual rates.

Please consider joining us for what we hope will become a regular gathering of staff and scholars trying to figure out the best strategies to support this important group of students and hearing from the most critical participants in this work: one another. The Summit will offer opportunities to meet new colleagues and build and strengthen connections among programs.

Our deadline for registration is August 15. We would like to know by June 1 if you wish to present or facilitate a discussion. And feel free to contact me with questions, concerns or your own ideas about how to use this time together in the most helpful ways.


Lee Burdette Williams, Summit Coordinator


Full program of events can be found by clicking here


Alix Generous
Alix Generous
A thoughtful, humorous and provocative speaker who advocates for the advancement of neurodiversity, Alix is co-founder of Podium, a social impact company that creates technology to help high-functioning autistic millenials improve their presentation skills. Alix’s TED Talk, “My Inner Life…” has been viewed over a million times.
David Kraemer
Dr. David Kraemer
Assistant Professor of Education, Dartmouth College, Director, Cognitive Neuroscience of Learning Laboratory. Dave is an expert on the neuroscience of learning and the role of sensory experience in developing the brain, knowledge and reasoning.
Jason Katims
Jason Katims
Emmy Award-winning creator, writer and producer of the television series “Parenthood,” a series credited with “breaking down the autism barrier” in popular culture through its portrayal of a child with Asperger Syndrome.

Our location: Burlington, VT

Burlington is the largest city in the beautiful state of Vermont. Full of wonderful restaurants, galleries, live music venues and outdoor activities, Burlington is nestled between the shores of Lake Champlain and the Green Mountains. Burlington International Airport is served by Delta, United, American and JetBlue, making the city easily accessible from anywhere.

Summit venue and accommodations

The Summit will be held at Main Street Landing, a unique, multi-purpose venue just a block from Lake Champlain and two blocks from the center of downtown Burlington.

Attendees may choose to stay at one of Burlington’s many hotels and inns. A conference rate is available at both the Hotel Vermont and the Marriott, which are within easy walking distance to the Summit location. Just mention Mansfield Hall/College Inclusion Summit when making your reservation. The conference rate will be available Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights, and we hope you’ll stay and enjoy a weekend in Burlington.

Conference rates are available at two hotels two blocks from the conference venue.

Courtyard Marriott Burlington Hotel Vermont

To receive special rates, guests must book rooms prior to Aug 19.


The cost of registration is $200 and includes the opening reception, lunch on Thursday and coffee and tea throughout the Summit.

Our Sponsors include:

Main Street Landing

Are you interested in presenting your research, sharing your strategies, or facilitating a discussion? We’d love to hear about it. Please contact us!