Spectrum of Opportunity Conference

Autism, Inclusion, and Communication

Educators, families, and professionals who serve people with autism are invited to attend the annual conference to learn more about supporting and including people with autism who experience complex communication challenges in school and community settings.

A light breakfast and buffet lunch are included. Gluten free and vegetarian options available.

Date & Time:

Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016
9:00 am to 3:30 pm

Please register by October 3.


Gilbert Sports and Fitness Center
Free parking available adjacent to GSFC


$60 - Early bird registration (by September 15th)
$85 - Regular registration
$25 - Students and people with autism
Free - CLU students, faculty, and staff


Conference audience

Schedule of Events

Time Event

8:30 - 9:00 a.m.

Check in

9:00 - 9:15 a.m.


9:15 - 10:15 a.m.

Changing Assumptions about Autism and Communication
(Elizabeth Vosseller, MA, CCC-SLP)

10:15 - 11:00 a.m.

Keynote: Think to Speak--The Future of Communication
(Andreas Forsland, CEO of Smartstones)

11:00 - 11:15 a.m.


11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Instructional Approaches and Accommodations in the Classroom
(Debbie Spengler, Amanda Johnson, & Dillan Barmache)

12:15 - 1:00 p.m.


1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Working with Teachers, Parents, and the IEP Team to Support Alternative Communication at School
(Ali Steers, MA, CCC-SLP, ATS; Adie Buchinsky, MA, MAT, NBCT; & Sarah Salazar, BA)

2:00 - 2:15 p.m.


2:15 - 3:15 p.m.

Panel of College Students who Type
(Kayla Takeuchi, Emma Cladis, & Samuel Capozzi)

3:15 - 3:30 p.m.



Edlyn Peña

Where to Stay

Local hotels for visitors to Cal Lutheran


Autism Society of Ventura County



Please note: Verification of attendance will be available to educators and professionals. No CEUs are offered for attending the event.​