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VT Autism Clinic & Center for Autism Research Biennial Conference: Autism in the COVID-19 Era


Friday, April 23, 2021 from 2-5pm EST

Hosted by the Washington Group Special Care Planning Team.

The VTAC/CAR biennial autism conference will feature a keynote address from Dr. Micah Mazurek, Associate Professor in the Department of Human Services at the University of Virginia and the Director of Supporting Transformative Autism Research (STAR) program, who will present on “Leveraging Technology to Enhance Access to Best-Practice Care for Autism”.   Additional speakers will address cutting edge research related to biomedical/imaging, technology, intervention, and sibling relationship topics.

FREE via Zoom!  There is no charge for attendance; however, during registration there is an option to make a gift at check-out.  All gifts will benefit the Virginia Tech Autism Clinic.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Angela Scarpa at 540-231-8747 or email during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event. Closed captioning will be provided for this event.

Register here.  For more information, please contact


  • 2:00-2:15 Welcome & VTAC/CAR Overview
  • 2:15-3:00 Keynote Speaker Dr. Micah Mazurek Leveraging Technology to Enhance Access to Best-Practice Care for Autism
  • 3:15-3:35 Katrina Ostmeyer OASIS-Parent Training: A Novel Approach to Service Deserts
  • 3:35-3:55 Ligia Antezana Neural Mechanisms of Circumscribed Interests and Intense Fascinations among Adults with ASD
  • 4:10-4:30 Christina McDonnell Trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Children and Teens with Autism
  • 4:30-4:50 Carolyn Shivers ASD Sibling Relationships in College
  • 4:50-5:00 Closing remarks & SAFE Community Champion Award
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