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.

Any net 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 ≈ 30-minute presentations (≈ 20 minutes on the topic + <10 minutes on Q&A) on four distinct topics by our guest speakers, each renowned in their field. The four topics intend to provide viewers with knowledge, insights, and useful tools to help cope with the current-normal caused by the pandemic.

The following professionals will be presenting at the Symposium:

  • Gina Zecchin-Tirri, MS Ed., BCBA, LBA – Owner, All Points Licensed Behavior Analysts, Stony Point, NY
  • Patti Colombo, M.S., CTRS, – RISE Program Manager at Volunteer New York
  • Krista Bilodeau, MS Ed – Director of Creative Arts & Recreation – Camp Venture, Sparkill, NY
  • Donna Volpe, M. Ed., M.A., CCC-SLP – Director of Special Education Ramsey NJ School District

Online Registration Open's on October 3rd

  • There is no fee for the 2020 Symposium, due to the “virtual venue” and as always, the generosity of our Premier sponsors – MindWorks.
  • The registration will remain open through the day of the event.
  • This event will be recorded and available for viewing on this website by October 30th.
  • The presenters contact information will be provided on this site, post-event, for additional questions that may arise.

Speaker Presentations for the 2020 RAS ZOOM Webinar and the 2019 Slide Shows are available, please click below.


October 22, 2020

9:55 ZOOM login opens


10:00 - 10:10 Welcome & Opening Remarks

Bill Schule
Executive Director, Venture Foundation

10:10 - 10:40 ``Striking a Balance Through the Pandemic``

Gina Zecchin-Tirri
M.S. Ed., BCBA, LBA – All Points Licensed Behavior Analysts

10:40 - 11:10 ``The Impact of Virtual Volunteering on the Employment Path for Individuals with IDD and Autism``

Patti Colombo
M.S., CTRS – Volunteer New York, RISE Program Manager

11:10 - 11:40 ``Venture CARE (Creative Arts/Recreation Enrichment) At-Home Program``

Krista Bilodeau
Director of Creative Arts and Recreation
Camp Venture

11:40 - 12:10 ``Sharing solutions, supports, strategies, in assisting students, families, and staff during Pandemic related school closings``

Donna Volpe, M. Ed., M.A., CCC-SLP – Director of Special Education Ramsey NJ School District