Rockland County Autism Symposium


General Information 

General Information

2017 Autism Symposium

October 26, 2017
8:00 am - 2:30 PM


The Pearl River Hilton

For Info Contact:

Venture Foundation 
(845) 580-9380
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Sponsored By

Inna and Joshua Needelman

John A. Murphy
Autism Science Foundation
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2017 Autism Symposium

RAS Online Registration

Bill Schule - Thursday, September 14, 2017
The Rockland Autism Symposium Online Registration is now open, please click on the flashing star below to enter the registration site.

Upon successful completion of the process, you will receive a receipt of the transaction to the email address you used to register.  Please check your SPAM or TRASH folders if you do not receive it in a reasonable time. Please bring this receipt with you on the day of the event, October 26th, and present it at the admission table.  If you require additional certification of your attendance there will be a table with staff to assist you after the conference is over.

Please email us at or call us at (845) 580-9380 with questions or issues.

Event Update

Bill Schule - Friday, September 08, 2017
The 2017 Symposium is scheduled for October 26th - online registration is still open but will be closing soon!

This is the final roster of program speakers for our 12th annual Rockland Autism Symposium, the following professionals will be presenting:

  • Ami Klin, Ph.D. ~ Director, Marcus Autism Center, Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar, Professor and Chief, Division of Autism and Related Disorders, Department of Pediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine Center for Translational Social Neurosciences, Emory University Director, Marcus Autism Center, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, and Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar Professor & Chief, Division of Autism & Related Disorders, Department of Pediatrics at Emory University School of Medicine. The director of Marcus Autism Center, the largest center of clinical care for children with autism and their families, and one of only three NIH Autism Centers of Excellence.  Dr. Klin is an internationally recognized clinical psychologist and researcher.  Dr. Klin's primary research activities focused on the emergence of social mind and brain, and disruptions thereof in autism, from infancy through adulthood.
  • Celine Saulnier, Ph.D. ~ Clinical Director for Research, Associate Professor Division of Autism and Related Disorders, Department of Pediatrics Emory University School of Medicine. Research focuses on understanding profiles of adaptive behavior in autism spectrum disorders. Her research has shown that even the most cognitively able individuals with ASD fail to generalize their repertoire of skills to everyday contexts. This inability to translate capability into adaptive behavior results in the majority of individuals with ASD struggling to function independently and, thus successfully as adults. Using the Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales, the most widely used measure of adaptive behavior in the world, Dr. Saulnier investigates the patterns of functional skill development in ASD in relation to cognition, autism symptomatology, and age.
  • Pamela Feliciano, Ph.D. ~ Scientific Director of, a new initiative at the Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative, (SFARI), the largest private funder of autism research in the United States. SPARK is the largest national autism research partnership of its kind, involving genetic analysis and longitudinal research on all participants. Also, a Senior Scientist at SFARI contributing to the development and management of several projects with a mission to build research cohorts of individuals with autism. She is also involved in SFARI’s efforts to develop objective and reliable outcome measures for autism clinical trials. Holds a B.S. from Cornell University, an M.S. from New York University and a Ph.D. in developmental biology from Stanford University.
  • Chad Colarusso Self-Direction Statewide Coordinator for OPWDD and Joy Stockwell, Self-Direction specialist for OPWDD ~  Introduction to Self-Direction - a primer on the mix of supports and services that work best for an individual with developmental disabilities and their support team that may choose them, how and when they are provided, and the staff and/or organizations that provide them.
Event Registration - Please note -
  • This year, like last year, there will be a very modest, non-refundable enrollment fee of $20.00 for securing a seat at this renowned symposium.  The fee proceeds will be used to enhance programs or services provided to Venture consumers which may include Creative Arts (computer-assisted instruction in Vocabulary, word recognition, & identification) or Recreational Sports (adaptive basketball or swimming in our North Campus Summer Camp).  
  • You will be able to register multiple attendees at one time but will be required to pay the enrollment fee for each seat requested.   
  • Online registration for the 2017 Rockland Autism Symposium will open at 12:01 AM on September 15, 2017.
  • For first-timers, the ONLY way to register for this event is to use the simple and easy online registration process - there is no mail-in or call-in registration process. Really.
  • The Rockland Autism Symposium is administered by the Venture Foundation, LTD, which is recognized as a 501c3 tax-exempt entity by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).  Even so, the $20 per-person fee is not tax-deductible because the value of goods and services being provided at the Symposium is in excess of the enrollment fee.
  • On the day of the Symposium, please bring your email receipt of your enrollment as proof of payment.  If multiple people are enrolled at one time, each person should obtain a copy of the emailed receipt which will all display a common Enrollment Number.  The registration attendant will mark off each individual under that common number and any additional requests greater than the number of the group paid for will require an additional fee.  
  • Finally, for those that seek a Certificate of Attendance for attending the Symposium, there will be a certificate available for all paid attendees. 
As always, many thanks to our premier sponsors, Inna and Josh Needelman of Mindworks Charitable Trust; it is their generous support that helps to keep the Symposium running.

Please check the Speakers Page for the list of those that will be presenting at the 2016 Symposium. and check back soon for any content updates.

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