Autism & UF Conference 2024

Current Education, Research, & Practice

Hosted by

University of Florida Center for Autism & Related Disabilities (UF CARD)
and UF Health Center for Autism & Neurodevelopment (UF Health CAN)


Friday, June 28, 2024
Saturday, June 29, 2024

Celebrating Autism in the Arts will be held following the conference on Saturday from 1:00pm to 3:00pm.


Straughn IFAS Extension Professional Development Center
2142 Shealy Drive
Gainesville, FL 32608
Directions and Map

About the Conference

This FREE two-day conference will consist of a series of sessions on a variety of topics related to current research and intervention in the field of autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Target Audience

Educators, Researchers, Administrators, Professionals, Individuals with ASD & Family Members

Conference Description

The Autism & UF Conference is an annual conference aimed at providing high quality professional development to a variety of professionals, including educators, researchers, mental health counselors, psychologists, occupational, physical, and speech therapists, physicians, and caregivers involved in the lives of individuals with ASD.  This event will consist of two days of sessions on the latest research and intervention in the field of ASD.


Vendors are invited to table at the conference on Friday, June 28, 2024 from 8am-4pm. Vendor registration is $100. Space is limited to eight vendors.

Poster Session

Poster presentations will be held on Saturday, June 29, 2024 from 12-1pm.


FRIDAY, June 28 Visit the Vendors all day!
8:00 – 9:00 Registration
9:00-9:05 Welcome and Opening Remarks
9:05 – 9:55 Session#1 David H Ledbetter, Ph.D., FACMG Mainstreaming genetic testing and precision medicine for autism spectrum disorder.
9:55 – 10:00 Break
10:00 – 10:50 Session #2 Jenna Gonzalez, Ed.S. Accommodations in Higher Education
10:50 – 11:00 Break
11:00 – 11:50 Session #3 P. K. Yonge DRS Student Group JAMming at PKY: Exploring the Justice System with Neurodiversity, Middle School Edition
11:50 – 12:45 Lunch on your own
1:00 – 1:50 Session #4 Kathryn L Marsh, Ph.D. & Jamie Stormer, Ph.D. Early Childhood Assessments: A Bridge to Quality Early Intervention
1:50 – 2:00 Break
2:00 – 2:50 Session #5 Zheng Wang, Ph.D. Consequences of aging – Neuromotor, cognitive, and brain structural deviations in middle-and-old aged autistic adults
2:50 – 3:00 Break
3:00 – 3:50 Session #6 Kacie McGarry, Ph.D., BCBA-D Understanding the Behavior Therapist Shortage and Charting a Path Forward
Saturday, June 29 Visit the Poster Presenters during lunch!
8:00 – 9:00 Registration
9:00 – 9:05 Welcome and Opening Remarks
9:05 – 9:55 Session #7 Takahiro Soda, M.D., Ph.D. Multi-disciplinary team approach to treating mental health-related behaviors in autistic patients
9:55-10:00 Break
10:00 – 10:50 Session #8 Vivian Ibañez , Ph.D., BCBA Behavioral Feeding Therapy: What Have We Learned?
10:50 – 11:00 Break
11:00 – 11:50 Session #9 Melanie Nelson, Ph.D. “You’re not the boss of me!” How to get your child to cooperate without necessarily telling them what to do.
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch on your own OR Lunch and Learn with the Experts (Limited to 36 people, see registration page)
1:00 – 3:00 Celebrating Autism in the Arts (1:00 – 3:00 Art on display; 1:15 – 2:00 Performance # 1; 2:15 – 3:00 Performance #2)


We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals to engage fully. To request accommodations or for inquiries about accessibility, please contact Dr. Danielle Liso at 352-265-2241 or

For more information contact:

Danielle Liso