October 2023


Restrained and Secluded

Restrained and Secluded: How a Change in Perspective for Students With Disabilities and Simple Science Can Change Everything

Students with disabilities are more likely to be restrained, secluded, suspended, expelled, and subjected to corporal punishment. Outdated behavioral management approaches are not working; but a new lens on behavior can reduce and eliminate punitive practices and lead to endless potential.


Neurodiversity at Work: How Neurodivergent Employees Help Businesses Meet Talent Needs

Employers are interested in hiring the best and the brightest job candidates, but standard recruitment practices can unintentionally screen out neurodivergent job seekers. Explore ways to expand employment options for neurodivergent job candidates and how to effectively support and engage with neurodivergent job seekers and staff.

Registration is open to all, so please share this event with your colleagues from relevant teams, including Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Human Resources, Talent Acquisition, Governance, Compliance, Social Responsibility, Philanthropy, and ERG/BRGs, among others.

Captions and ASL Sign Language Interpreter will be provided.


2023 Virtual Fall ADA Coordinator Conference

(3 days)

This 3-day training is open to the public. No ACTCP membership is required to attend. ASL Interpreters and Real-Time Captioning (CART) will be provided in all sessions.

This training offers multiple sessions covering different aspects and Titles of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Attending the Full Conference will earn ACTCP members the 12 Required Foundation Credits, the 6 Required Optional Foundation Credits, and 6 of the 22 needed Elective Credits; plus the ACTCP Advanced Employment Certificate.


2023 M-Enabling Summit

(3 days) Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel2800 South Potomac AveArlingtonVA22202

Join advocates, corporations, government agencies, academia, and accessibility executives at the 11th M-Enabling Summit, the leading all-inclusive conference and showcase dedicated to promoting innovations, solutions and strategies for digital inclusion.

Participants will benefit from rich and unique networking opportunities with thought leaders, innovators and developers of assistive technologies that serve more than one-billion Persons with Disabilities and an expanding aging population globally.

The 2023 M-Enabling Summit will explore the latest innovations and how mainstream organizations and information technology providers compete with accessibility features and services in the marketplace. Smart organizations know to focus on the inclusion of persons with disabilities and older persons in work environments, digital products and services, urban and transportation environments, e-commerce, leisure, social or educational activities.


Developmental Language Disorder: What you need to know about its name, impact, and advocacy

Special Interest Group 1, Language Learning and Education invites ASHA members to attend this live discussion regarding developmental language disorder (DLD). Presenters will:

  • Explain the hallmark features of DLD and its impact on children and adolescents
  • Share the advocacy efforts that resulted in a letter from the Office of Special Education Programs within the US Department of Education and how SLPs can engage in everyday advocacy efforts for their students and clients with DLD
  • Discuss the impact and benefits of using the term DLD in the school setting--- for students as well as the school SLP
  • Respond to questions from the audience

This free, live discussion is hosted by Special Interest Group 1, Language Learning and Education and is open to all ASHA members. It will be recorded. ASHA continuing education units (CEUs) and professional development hours (PDHs) are not being offered for this event. 


CEDS 2023 Conference

(3 days) Double Tree by Hilton New OrleansAirport 2150 Veterans Memorial BlvdKennerLA70062

The Council for Educational Diagnostic Services (CEDS), a division of the Council for Exceptional Children, and the Louisiana Education Diagnosticians’ Association (LA-ED) will hold their joint conference from October 11th through October 13th, 2023 in Kenner, Louisiana.


Autism Inclusion in the Workplace Panel

Panelists will discuss how to create an inclusive and welcoming environment for autistic individuals in the workplace. They will share their personal experiences, which include being an employer or business leader, autistic employee, manager of neurodivergent employees, and collectively, advocates for neurodivergent peers. Through these perspectives, audience members will learn how to better support autistic individuals in the workplace. Whether they’re a boss, a colleague, or an autistic individual themselves, attendees will leave empowered and confident in their ability to create an inclusive workplace for autistic and neurodivergent colleagues.


2023 Mental Health Services Conference

(3 days) Capital Hilton Hotel1001 16th Street, NWWashingtonDC20036

The 2023 Mental Health Services Conference will bring psychiatrists and other mental health professionals together to collaborate on practical advice to influence systems-level change for their patients. Held in-person in Washington, D.C. at the Capital Hilton Hotel, join October 12-14 and work together to develop practical solutions to solve real-world issues. Space is limited, so register today to reserve your spot at the conference!


IDA 2023 Annual Reading, Literacy & Learning Conference

(2 days) Hyatt Regency Columbus350 N High StColumbusOH43215

The IDA Annual Reading, Literacy and Learning Conference continues to be a cannot miss event in the field of dyslexia. This year’s DyslexiaCon '23 will be packed with education sessions tailored specifically for professionals, families, and those affected by dyslexia. These sessions along with the highly popular Award Lectures and Symposia provide relevant and tangible take-aways for all attendees.  The 3-day conference begins with the General Opening Session, Special Tracks and Symposia, followed by concurrent breakout sessions. 


UCP 2023 Conference on Latinos with Disabilities

(3 days)

A national online conference spotlighting the role, impact and influence of Latinos in the disability community. Open to the public.

The three-day online event happens Oct. 17-19, 11 a.m to 3:30 p.m. Eastern each day.

The goal of the conference is to provide a platform for discussions and presentations on issues impacting Latinos in the disability community. While many of the topics addressed will also be of interest to the general disability community, the conference will highlight the distinct ways (culturally, socially, economically and historically) that Latinos with disabilities, their families and service providers shape society.

Among the key outcomes of the conference will be the “2023 State of Latinos with Disabilities” report.


2023 AHEAD Start

(3 days)

A Training for New and Newer Disability Resource Personnel. A Three Day, Online Training.

For the past five years, the AHEAD Start Academy has offered a foundational experience to disability resource professionals who are just building or continuing to grow their fundamental knowledge and skills. This year’s Academy will be a virtual experience that includes a year-long mentoring component to again offer newer professionals the opportunity to explore, discuss, and apply concepts important to building equity on college campuses. AHEAD membership through the end of the calendar year is included in the conference registration fee.


CESP Conversations: Training Job Coaches with Technology

Certified Employment Support Professional™ CESP Conversations. These conversations vary from week to week. Each session is pre-approved for 1.0 Credits of CESP Continuing Education.

This month's topic is: Training Job Coaches with Technology. Training Job Coaches is key to supporting successful employment outcomes for individuals with ID/DD. This presentation will focus on tools that can be used to teach key content to increase Competitive Integrated Employment (CIE). Examples will be shared using mobile devices and apps to support the job coach training and tools they can use to support on-the-job training.


DCDT International Conference

(3 days) Silver Legacy Resort Casino407 N Virginia StRenoNV89501

During the Conference’s three days, there will be 250 sessions on: Transition Assessment; Culturally Responsive Practices, Transition to Postsecondary Education, Transition to Employment, Transition to Independent Living, Family/Community Partnerships in Transition, Self-Determination & Student Involvement, Personnel Preparation/Professional Development, Mental Health Issues, and Practitioner to Practitioner sessions.

In addition they will share evidence-based practices from featured DCDT partners as well as the opportunity for participants to access pre-recorded sessions from leaders in the transition field from across the country.


#a11yWeekTO Conf

(2 days) CIBC Square81 Bay St.TorontoONM5J 1E6Canada

#a11yWeekTO is Back! They’re happy to announce that #a11yTO is once again taking over Downtown Toronto October 18th-21st for a full week of accessibility events! Join the #a11yWeekTO Conf for a curated playlist of talks, focused on digital accessibility.


2023 StrongWheeled Together Conference & Awards

(2 days) Paris Las Vegas Hotel3655 S Las Vegas BlvdLas VegasNV89109

United Spinal’s StrongWheeled Together Conference (SWTCon) is an exciting new in-person event designed to provide opportunities for intersection, connection and innovation for a variety of disability stakeholders, including chapter leaders, clinicians, an array of diverse wheelchair users from across the country and our partner representatives.

A highlight of SWTCon is the second annual StrongWheeled Together Awards. We will celebrate  wheelchair users who exemplify the StrongWheeled mindset and recognize their achievements in the areas of Visual Arts, Writing, Performing Arts, Youth Leadership, Sports & Recreation and Entrepreneurship & Innovation. 


SOAR Conference 2023

(2 days) Marriott Kansas City Overland Park10800 Metcalf AveOverland ParkKS66210

The Seeking Opportunities for an Advocacy Revolution (SOAR) conference is taking place from October 27-29, 2023 at the Marriott Kansas City in Overland Park, Kansas. This is a conference made by self-advocates for self-advocates. 

The SOAR conference is hosted every 2 years by the Heartland Self-Advocacy Resource Network in a different state. This year, the Self-Advocacy Coalition of Kansas (SACK) and the Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities (KUCDD) are leading planning activities. They have partnered with UCEDDs and other disability organizations from the states of Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Wyoming to plan this exciting regional conference.