College Inclusion Summit

– Nov 5-7 2018 –

– Burlington, Vermont –

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 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. 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 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.

Registration will open by June 1. Please check back here to register and for information about accommodations. If you wish to make travel plans before then, please know the Summit will begin at 4 pm on November 5 and will conclude in the early afternoon of November 7.

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.


Schedule:  4 pm November 5 through 2 pm November 7


check back for more information as we invite guest speakers

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

Check back in April for information about accommodations


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


Check back on June 1 to register for the Summit. The cost will be $250 ($200 for members of the College Autism Network. To join, please visit our website).  

Our Sponsors include:

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