Event Date(s): September 20, 2016 -
08:00 to 17:00

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The 2016 Arts & Autism Conference is the second convening of its kind in central Ohio. This full-day conference features practice, presentation, and research in the arts and autism. The purpose of this conference is to bring together stakeholders and advocates who specialize or have an interest in the intersection of arts and autism. The conference will inspire attendees to share ideas and learn more about the benefits, resources, and opportunities to make the arts and arts education accessible for individuals on the autism spectrum, and their families. This conference is a result of the Arts & Autism in Ohio Initiative.

Conference Content

- Best Practices
- Networking
- Research
- Arts Experiences
- New Ideas
- Narratives


Photograph of Michael Bongiorno close up, smiling, wearing a white shirt and jacket; a blurry office space is in the backgroundKeynote Speaker:

Michael Bongiorno
President, Design Group
Columbus, Ohio




Click here for the Conference Agenda

Sessions were selected by the planning committee based on responses to a Call for Proposals in early 2016.

Who Should Attend:

- Cultural Administrators
- Practitioners
- Individuals with Autism
- Therapists
- Educators
- Families
- Students


$100 - Professional with Certificate of Attendance

$88 - Community Member

$75 - Student

**The Autism Society of Central Ohio is offering several Registration Scholarships for people with autism and their families to attend the conference. To apply, contact ASCO directly and let them know you are interested: 614-284-6323.

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Conference Accessibility:

We are committed to providing an inclusive and accessible conference to the widest possible audience. Universal Design principals and best practices have been implemented as possible. Please be certain to note any requests for accommodations during the registration process. To see the spaces in advance or ask additional questions email info@vsao.org, call 614.241.5325, reference the program, or find a volunteer.
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click here to download the conference access guide as a pdf

Conference Sponsors & Partners:


Logo for Columbus Museum of Art

Ohio Arts Council Logo
Greater Columbus arts Council logo

Puffin Foundation West, Ltd. Logo    Ohio Alliance for Arts Education Logo


Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities Logo


Logo: Creative Abundance GroupBridgeway Academy logo


Food for Good Thought; Gluten Free Foods; Logo


Autism Society of Central Ohio logo: improving the lives of all affected by autism


Logo: The Ohio State University: Wexner Medical Center