College Inclusion Summit

– Nov 5-7 2018 –

– Burlington, Vermont –

Last year’s Summit was great. This year, it’s even better. Here’s what’s new this year!


Summit Working Groups: Structured conversations among participants to follow up on session content.

Student Panel: We welcome the voices and perspectives of autistic college students representing a range of institutional types, degree levels, fields of study, life experiences, and identities.

“Lightning Round”: Participants representing numerous programs will present very brief program overviews to maximize connections and sharing of strategies among participants.

Pre-conference extended session for those looking to develop new, or enhance existing, programs (Monday, 1-4 pm)

Post-conference research mini-symposium for scholars seeking new connections and ideas (Wednesday, 1:15-3:30 pm)

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

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Registration Deadline is October 15

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 the University of Vermont Center on Disability and Community Inclusion, the College Autism Network and Mansfield Hall

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.

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. 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 year’s Summit with be hosted by the University of Vermont and held at the Dudley H. Davis Center, a beautiful conference center on the main UVM campus. The campus is just a few blocks from Burlington’s vibrant downtown, Church Street, and a couple more blocks from the shores of Lake Champlain

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.

For more information, please contact Lee Burdette Williams, Summit Coordinator, at [email protected]. And please check back at this site periodically as we update it.


The Summit will begin with check-in at 5 pm on Monday, November 5 and will conclude at noon on Wednesday, November 7.

Monday, November 5

1-4pm | Preconference workshop “Challenges and Opportunities for New and Enhanced Programs” (pre-registration required; there is an additional $50 fee)
4-6pm | Check-in, Davis Center, UVM
5:30-6:30pm | Opening reception
6:30-8:30pm | Opening session

Tuesday, November 6

9-12am | Breakout sessions, working groups
12-1:30pm | Lunch session with Jan Blacher and panel
1:45-4:30 | Breakout sessions
4:30-5:30 | Student panel

Wednesday, November 7

9-10:30am | Plenary panel
10:30-11:30am | Breakout sessions
11:45am-1:00pm | Closing session with Joe Riddle
1:00-4:00pm | CANVAS Research symposium (optional, no additional fee)

View Detailed Breakout Session Schedule

Featured Speakers

Jan Blacher, Ph.D.,

Distinguished Professor of Education and UC Presidential Chair in the Graduate School of Education at UC-Riverside, and Director of the SEARCH Family Autism Research Center, host of “Autism Goes to College,” a learning symposium for staff, faculty, students and families.

Joe Riddle, MPH,

Director of the Neurodiversity in the Workplace Initiative, a program developed by the Arc of Philadelphia, focused on the benefits neurodiversity can offer the workplace and the community. The program’s partners include SAP and Ernst and Young.

New this year:

Preconference workshop, Monday, November 5, 1pm-4pm:

“Challenges and Opportunities for New and Enhanced Programs”

This workshop is designed for administrators who are seeking advice and support for starting new ASD programs or taking existing programs to a new level. Topics will include staffing, budgeting, building campus alliances, and strategies for success. Facilitators: John Sheehan, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne; Laurie Ackles, Rochester Institute of Technology; Janet Mulvey, Pace University; DeAnn Lechtenberger and Wes Dotson, Texas Tech University

Participation in this workshop is an additional $50. You can add this at the registration site.

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

This year’s Summit offers several options for accommodations. All three hotels are offering discounted rates for Summit participants. Please book early as rooms are limited:

DoubleTree by Hilton Burlington is adjacent to the UVM campus. It is about 3/10ths of a mile from the lobby to the Davis Center, an easy walk or a quick shuttle (provided by the hotel).

Hotel Vermont and Courtyard Burlington Harbor are located downtown within easy walking distance to the waterfront, Church Street (Burlington’s famous pedestrian area) and many wonderful restaurants. It is just over a mile up the hill to campus. You can walk, grab a cab or Uber, hop on the local bus that goes up and down the hill every 15 minutes, or drive your own car to a nearby campus lot.

Rates for The Hilton Doubletree:
All Nights: $119/night
(please use the above link when booking for special rate)

Rates for Hotel Vermont:
Friday, Nov 2 and Sat, Nov 3: $189/night.
Mon, Tue and Wed, Nov 5-7: $159/night.
(please use this code when booking: 181104COLL)

Rates for Courtyard Burlington Harbor:
Friday, Nov 2 and Sat, Nov 3: $189/night.
Mon, Tue and Wed, Nov 5-7: $149/night.

To receive special rates, guests must book rooms prior to October 8th.


$250 non-CAN members
$200 CAN members (interested in joining CAN?)
$100 full-time students
$50 Pre-conference workshop, “Building a New Program” (Monday, November 5, 1-4 pm)

Register Now
Registration Deadline is October 15

Opening reception on Monday and lunch on Tuesday are included with registration.