The Rockland Autism Symposium is administered by the Venture Foundation, LTD, with many thanks to our founder John A. Murphy, our premier sponsor, Inna and Josh Needelman of Mindworks Charitable Trust, and Alison Singer of the Autism Science Foundation whose generous effort and support helps keep the Symposium running.

All proceeds are used to enhance programs or services provided to individuals with developmental disabilities, including Creative Arts, computer-assisted language instruction, and Recreational Sports such as adaptive basketball or swimming.


Our format this year will be 45 minute presentations on five distinct topics by our guest speakers, each renowned in their field. Each presentation will be followed by a Q & A session for as long as 15 minutes.  Additional questions may be addressed to the speakers at the coffee break or at lunch.

The following professionals will be presenting at the Symposium:

  • Matthew Lerner, Ph.D. – Associate Professor, Clinical Psychology, Stony Brook University
  • Alycia Halladay, Ph.D. – Chief Science Officer at the Autism Science Foundation
  • Gina Zecchin-Tirri, MS Ed., BCBA, LBA – Carbone Clinic, Stony Point, NY
  • Anna Villa-Bager – Executive Director, Marblejam Kids
  • Krista Bilodeau, MS Ed – Director of Creative Arts & Recreation – Camp Venture
  • Eric Bashford, CFA – Operating Partner – Cambarisa
  • Andrew Tedder – Executive Director of EVNY (Extraordinary Ventures New York)
  • Marjorie Madfis, MBA – President, Executive Director – Yes She Can Inc.

Online Registration closed at 5:00 PM on 10/23

There will be a very modest, non-refundable enrollment fee of $20.00 for securing a seat at this renowned symposium.  Online registration, which opened at 8:00 AM on September 13, 2019, is the ONLY way to register. If you or someone you know want to register online please click here.

Don't miss out, register now! - Online Registration Closes at 5:00 PM on October 23rd

If you miss the deadline please register in person at the event venue at 8:00 AM on October 24th.


October 24, 2019
8:00 - 8:30 Registration and Complimentary Continental Breakfast

8:30 - 8:45 Welcome & Opening Remarks

John A. Murphy
Founder Rockland Autism Symposium

8:45 - 9:45 ``Getting People with Autism to Work``

Matthew Lerner, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Clinical Psychology
Stony Brook University

Alycia Halladay, Ph.D.
Chief Science Officer
The Autism Science Foundation

9:45 - 10:00 Complimentary Coffee Break

10:00 - 11:00 ``Strategies for Lifelong Learning``

Gina Zecchin-Tirri
Carbone Clinic

11:00 - 12:00 ``Living an Enriched Life with Art, Music, and Movement``

Anna Villa-Bager
Executive Director
Marblejam Kids

12:00 - 12:15 ``Venture Theater Group Presents the 60s``

Krista Bilodeau
Director of Creative Arts and Recreation
Camp Venture
12:15 - 1:00 Complimentary Lunch

1:00 - 1:30 ``Sensor and Sensory-Rich Environments and Autism``

Eric Bashford
Operating Partner

1:30 - 2:30 ``Best Practices in Job Training``

Andrew Tedder
Executive Director
EVNY (Extraordinary Ventures New York)

Marjorie Madfis, MBA
President, Executive Director
Yes She Can Inc.




Fee is non-refundable. Proceeds will be used to enhance programs or services provided to Venture consumers.

Your enrollment fee includes:

  • A single seat at the Symposium
  • Renowned speakers
  • Group breakout sessions
  • Complimentary lunch, dessert & coffee
  • Certificate of Attendance (upon request)

Important notes

  • Online registration only
  • Enrollment fee is non-refundable
  • Must present email receipt on day of event
  • Enrollment fee is NOT tax-deductible as the value of goods and services being provided is in excess of the enrollment fee

Register for the Rockland Autism Symposium

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Online Registration is now closed, please register in-person starting at 8:00 AM on October 24th at the Pearl River Hilton, the Symposium site.