Autism Transition Summit: Focus on Employment

A partnership between the UK Human Development Institute, Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, Kentucky Autism Training Center, and the Office of Autism, to provide training to parents, self-advocates, caregivers and professionals on supporting individuals with autism as they transition into employment.
When Mar 10, 2020 02:00 PM to
Mar 12, 2020 08:00 AM
Where Marriott Louisville East
Contact Name
Contact Phone (502) 852 2467
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Registration begins

Tuesday, March 10th, 2019 2:00 pm EST

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Summit At A Glance

**Registration fee includes presentations and meals (Appetizers on Tuesday and lunch on Wednesday)

Early Bird Registration: December 15, 2019 - February 1, 2020Image result for cartoon bird

$10 Self-advocates, parents and caregivers
$50 Professionals

Regular Registration (after February 1, 2020)

$30 Self-advocates, parents and caregivers

$75 Professionals

Registration closes: 3/4/2020 7:30 AM

Event Location

Marriott Louisville East
1903 Embassy Square Boulevard
Louisville, 40299 KY

Phone: (502) 491-1184

Lodging Information

A limited number of free lodging scholarships will be available through the Office of Autism for attendees who reside 40 miles or more from the conference location. Scholarships intended for self-advocates, parents, adn caregivers.

To qualify for the scholarship:

1. Complete the online registration to attend the conference and check the box to confirm that you reside 40 miles or more away from the conference location.

2. Follow this link to the Marriott Louisville East Hotel and reserve your room no later than Friday, February 14th. All rooms must be reserved with a credit card.

3. You will be notified prior to the conference if you have been approved for the lodging scholarship.

PLEASE NOTE: Please review the hotels cancellation policy. Your card can be charged.

*If you have been approved for a scholarship, reserve a room and attend the conference sessions your card will not be charged for the cost of the room. All incidentals are the responsibility of the card holder.


Keynote Presentation

Ivanova Smith

“True Inclusion in Employment: An Autistic's Journey in Gaining Employment.”

Description: this presentation will tell my experience in gaining employment, what went right and what went wrong. I speak on how advocacy is important in employment for people with disabilities. I give examples of barriers that get in the way of autistics and others with intellectual and developmental disabilities seeking employment. I will speak on the myths about people with intellectual and developmental disabilities that became a barrier to us being employed. I speak on different ways autistic people have historically been denied employment and about supported employment practices and the importance of these supports being expended.

Bio: Ivanova Smith is activist advocate, for Atwork!, an employment agency in Bellevue Washington, and University of Washington Leadership Education Neurodevelopmental disabilities LEND Faculty. Ivanova is a leader in the Washington state self-advocacy movement; they are chair of Self Advocates in Leadership (SAIL.) They are on the board for the Washington state APSE Chapter and member of People First of Washington. They are happily married with a two year old daughter. Ivanova's first years of life were spent in an institutional orphanage in Soviet occupied Latvia. This experience is increased their passion for civil freedoms and liberty for all citizens and workers with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Language: Ivanova uses both identity and people first language. They value both with their unique histories. They use them interchangeability throughout the presentation because they are speaking on intellectual disability experience along with autistic experience.

Michelle Bush

KY Autism Training Center

CEU's available

Certified Rehabilitation Counselors (CRC) - 7.5 hours

Supported Employment (SE) - 7.5 hours

Effective Instructional Leadership Act (EILA) - 7.5 hours


Credit card payments can be made online when you register with a Mastercard or Visa. Unfortunately we cannot accept credit card payments by phone or email and cannot accept credit card payments once the event registration closes.

You can also pay for your registration by check.

Checks should be made payable to: Kentucky Autism Training Center

Mail payments and purchase orders to:

University of Louisville

Department of Special Education, Early Childhood, & Prevention

Attn: Alice Sheffield
1905 South 1st St.
Louisville, KY 40292

Purchase orders can also be emailed to or faxed to (502)852-7148.