2017 Autism CARES Meeting: Pathways to Progress

2017 Autism CARES Meeting: Pathways to Progress

Monday, July 10, 2017- Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Location: Bethesda, MD

This bi-annual meeting is an opportunity for MCHB-funded Autism CARES legislation grant recipients representing research, training, and state systems change efforts, to share information about activities within their respective networks, discuss emerging trends, and facilitate meaningful collaboration. This meeting is hosted by ITAC, in collaboration with SPHARC and HRSA-MCHB.


Pathways to Progress
Overcoming Barriers to Access, Translating Research to Practice, and Reducing Health Disparities


A draft copy of the 2017 CARES Meeting agenda is now available, with more details to be added as they are confirmed. Click here to download a copy of the draft meeting agenda.

Event Information

This meeting is only open to individuals representing the network of current (and former) MCHB-funded Autism CARES training, research, and state systems change grant recipients, as well as representatives from relevant federal agencies. Registration closes July 1.

Due to restrictions on meetings supported with federal funding, there will be a $150 fee for each (non-federal) attendee to cover the production of materials and meals associated
with the event. Note: grant dollars can be used for registration costs.  Click here to register or use the button below. 

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Hotel InformationHyatt Regency Hotel of Bethesda Exterior Image

The Hyatt Regency Bethesda is the official host hotel of the 2017 Autism CARES Meeting. The special AUCD group rate is $225 per night for a double or king room, and the cut-off date is June 16 (or when the room block is full). Click here to book a room or view more information about the hotel, things to do while you're in the area, and transportation.

Confirmed Speakers


Peter Gerhardt

Peter Gerhardt, Ed.D., is the Executive Director of the EPIC School in Paramus, NJ. Dr. Gerhardt has more than 35 years of experience utilizing the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis in support of adolescents and adults with autism spectrum disorders in educational, employment, residential and community-based settings. He is the author or co-author on several articles and book chapters on the needs of adolescents and adults with ASD and has presented nationally and internationally on this topic. Dr. Gerhardt serves as Chairman of the Scientific Council for the Organization for Autism Research and is on numerous professional advisory boards including the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies. He received his doctorate from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey's Graduate School of Education.