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Autism and Employment Conference at the University of Northern Iowa- Cedar Falls, IA

September 30, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

$10 – $25

Saturday, September 30

University of Northern Iowa – 216 Schindler Education Center

Parking is available in the Lathem Lot on the west side of the Schindler Education Center.

To view a campus map, click here.


Free to those on the Autism Spectrum.

Optional afternoon social opportunities will include a lunch and Nine Hole Golf Tournament.

The Autism Society of Iowa is sponsoring a conference on Autism & Employment. Speakers will include a panel of agencies who provide employment services to those with autism and a panel of employees with autism and employers who have employees with autism.

This conference is for those on the Autism Spectrum interested in employment, family members, employers, job coaches, human resource managers, case managers, social workers and anyone interested in helping those with ASD in the work place.

The Autism Society of Iowa is an accredited sponsor for CEU’s for Social Work #300. 2.0 CEU’s will be offered for this conference.

To register online, click here.

To register for golf or lunch only, click here.


Conference Agenda

9:00am – Registration

9:15am – Panel of Agencies Who Provide Employment Services to Those with Autism

  • Exceptional Persons, Inc. – Nicole Rand
  • Inclusion Connection – Kayleen Symmonds
  • Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services – Mike Howell
  • Goodwill Industries of Northeast Iowa – Jenny Reuther
  • Project Search Coordinator – Amy Bakker

10:15am – 10:30am – Break

10:30am – Panel of Employees with Autism and Employers Who Have Employees with Autism

  • Brandon Arkland – Employee at Mainstream Living and Graduate Student at Drake University receiving his Master’s Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Mike Dierdorff – Employee at Talk to Me Technologies
  • Tyler Leech – Employee at Wells Fargo
  • Kirsten Linney from Den Herder Veterinarian Hospital
  • John Schmadeke – Employee at Den Herder Veterinarian Hospital
  • Tammy Venega – Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services at Hawkeye Community College

11:30am – Noon – Networking Opportunity for those in Attendance

Noon – Conference Concludes


Afternoon Social Opportunities

Located at Pheasant Ridge Golf Course, 3205 W 12th St, Cedar Falls, IA  50613

12:30pm – Lunch at the Pheasant Ridge Golf Course (Hamburger, Chips, & Drink)

1:00pm – Nine hole Two-Person Best Shot Golf Tournament at Pheasant Ridge Golf Course



September 30, 2017
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
$10 – $25
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216 Schindler Education Center – University of Northern Iowa
216 Schindler Education Center
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0610 United States


Kris Steinmetz
(515) 327-9075