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Profound Autism Conference

March 3 @ 9:00 am - 3:30 pm

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University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital Autism Center, Hawk IDDRC, & Autism Society Iowa (ASI) are hosting a 1- day virtual conference on Friday, March 3, 2023, focusing on profound autism.

The morning presentations will feature Judith Ursitti, CPA, discussing profound autism as well as a panel of family members living with a member with high needs. The afternoon sessions will feature speaker, Dr. Lee E. Wachtel , MD, as well as a showing of the film, Unseen: Caregivers Documentary.


9:00 am – Welcome – Dr. Todd Kopelman

9:05 am – What exactly is profound autism, and why is the new definition needed? Judith Ursitti, co-founder of the Profound Autism Alliance, will share research and information to create a broader understanding of this new term and will also share how targeted advocacy, in addition to advocacy for the entire spectrum, can be a good thing.

9:50 – Break

10:00 – Panel of Family Members Living with a Member with High Need Autism – Panelists will share their stories and take questions.
Panelists – Josh Cobbs, Nazil Kibria, Mary Roberts, Sarah Schrader, Judith Ursitti

11:30 – Lunch Break

12:30 – Dr. Lee Wachtel, MD

1:45 – Break

2:00 – Unseen: Caregivers Documentary 

2:45 – Possible discussion with the filmmaker 

3:30 – Conference adjourns


March 3
9:00 am - 3:30 pm
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University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital Autism Center
Autism Society of Iowa