2014 Transdisciplinary Autism Conference

Phoenix, Arizona
Friday, March 07, 2014
2014 Transdisciplinary Autism Conference

Friday & Saturday, March 7th & 8th
@ the Disability Empowerment Center in Phoenix, AZ

presented by Arizona Autism United

Join us for this one-of-a-kind conference experience!

Arizona Autism United's 4th annual Transdisciplinary Autism Conference is a community event for parents and professionals of all kinds who work with and care about people with autism.  This year's conference includes an exciting and informative lineup of nationally renowned speakers and local experts. Presentations include a wide range of topics for parents and professionals of all backgrounds, with practical strategies to assist children and young adults of all levels. Click on the Speakers and Schedule tabs above for more details. 

Featured Keynote Speakers:

Dr. Greg Hanley,
Western New England University
Dr. Hanley is well regarded for his highly successful work in treating sleep problems and challenging behaviors in autism, and is also known for his easy to follow and entertaining presentation style.  On Friday, March 7th, Dr. Hanley will deliver his keynote presentation: Meaningful Solutions for Some Extraordinary Problem Behaviors Associated with Autism.

Rupert Isaacson, Father & Journalist
Creator of the Documentary: The Horse Boy
Rupert is a father, a journalist, and the star of this award winning film that documents his family's trek across the globe into Mongolia to find help for his son.  On Saturday, March 8th, Rupert will tell his story with messages of hope and possibility for all families. Based on a method he has created called Horse Boy Learning, this presentation will include practical techniques, beautiful images, fun anecdotes, and a host of good tips for all.

Featured Special Guests:

Adam Larsen, Filmmaker
Creator of the Documentary: Neurotypical
Adam's film
premiered this year on PBS and provides an unprecedented exploration of autism from the point of view of autistic people themselves.  Through in-depth profiles and interviews capturing toddlers, teens and adults, viewers are challenged to question the concept of "normal."  Join Adam for a meet & greet, Q&A session, and live screening of the full-length version of Neurotypical.

Wolf Dunaway, Adult with Autism
The Autistic Werewolf
Wolf Dunaway was featured
in the recent documentary airing on PBS, Neurotypical.  He is an adult with autism, an advocate, and soon to be a published author.  As a speaker at schools, organizations, institutions and universities, Mr. Dunaway provides unique perspectives and insights to explore the unique challenges of the Autism Life Experience.  

Cameron Nelson, Singer
Cameron lives in Arizona and is excited to share his talent by singing the National Anthem on Saturday morning! 

The "Transdisciplinary" Approach

The complex needs of children with autism spectrum disorders are better served when professionals in different fields work together in partnership with families. That is why the annual AZA United conference values a transdisciplinary approach to autism treatment and family support. This approach is a collaboration in which exchanging information, altering discipline-specific approaches, sharing resources and integrating strategies helps achieve a common goal of maximizing treatment effectiveness and quality of life.  There's no-one-size-fits-all, so let's work together and share anything and everything that works!


Contact Information

  • Arizona Autism United

    (602) 773-5773

Payment Instructions

  • All fees are nonrefundable.

    Registration Rates

      General Admission:
         $150 for one day
         $235 for both days

     Parents and Teachers:

         $110 for one day
         $185 for both days

     Habilitators & Parapros:
         $85 for one day
         $135 for both days

    Scholarship Information

    Partial scholarships may be available for families in need.  You can download an application here

    For more information please contact Paulina@AZAunited.org.


    Parking and lunch are included with the cost of admission.  Please note that childcare will not be available for this event.

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