2019 Autism CARES Grantee Meeting

2019 Autism CARES Grantee Meeting


pdf File 2019 Autism CARES Meeting Agenda (205KB) [download]

pdf File Thursday Agenda Supplement (237KB) [download]

pdf File Friday Agenda Supplement (177KB) [download]

Thursday, July 18, 2019- Friday, July 19, 2019
Location: Washington, DC

The 2019 Autism CARES Meeting will be held in-person on July 18-19 at the historic Mayflower Hotel in downtown Washington, DC.

This meeting will be an opportunity for MCHB-funded CARES legislation grantees (representing research, training, and state demonstration stakeholders) to share information about activities within their respective networks, discuss emerging trends, and facilitate meaningful collaboration.


Meeting Theme and Agenda: 

The theme for this year's meeting is Ten Years of Autism CARES Act Programs: Improving the Lives of People with ASD/DD, their Families, and Communities

The meeting will be organized around three strands, described in plain language below:

  • "Increasing Equity" means making the system more fair. Some people with ASD/DD have a hard time accessing doctors, jobs and other services because of their race, income or other identities. This strand will focus on how we are making life better for people with disadvantages.
  • "Improving Systems Performance" means getting programs and providers to work together so more people can get their needs met, both now and in the future. People with ASD/DD often need many different services to help them live in their communities. This strand will focus on ways that programs connect with each other to reach common goals.
  • "Achieving Population-Level Outcomes" means making things better for whole communities, not just for one person at a time. We can measure how things are getting better with numbers like employment rates or school statistics. This strand will focus on how we know if we are improving life for whole groups of people.

Note about language: Recognizing that the autism community has diverse opinions about terminology related to the identities of autistic individuals/individuals with autism, we will be following the language used by Congress within the Autism CARES legislation: "individuals with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities" or the related abbreviation "ASD/DD."


Registration Information: 

This meeting is 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 and invited organizational partners. Registration closed on July 10, 2019.


External View of Mayflower Hotel displaying American Flags

Hotel Information: 

The Mayflower Hotel
1127 Connecticut Ave NW,
Washington, DC 20036

The Mayflower Hotel is the official host hotel of the 2019 Autism CARES Meeting. The window to access the AUCD group rate for guest rooms has passed, but you can check general availability by calling (877)212-5752 or going to the official hotel website.  There, you can also read about transportation to/from all of the local airports (or train station) and things to do while you're in the area.


These activities are hosted by AUCD's ITAC, in collaboration with AMCHP's SPHARC and HRSA-MCHB. For more information, please contact Ben Kaufman (bkaufman@aucd.org) at AUCD.


LEND Directors Meeting (Wednesday, July 17)

LEND Directors will be meeting on Wednesday, July 17 from 10:00am - 5:00pm ET in the State Room at the Mayflower Hotel. MCHB strongly encourages LEND Directors to attend all in-person technical assistance meetings and should make every possible effort to do so. In the event that a LEND Director has an unavoidable conflict, they should designate another leader (e.g. Associate Director, Training Director) to attend in their place. Each program should have at least one but no more than three representatives, as this meeting is focused on high-level content. Please contact Ben Kaufman (bkaufman@aucd.org) at AUCD for more information.  More specific information will be sent to the LEND Directors e-mail listserv.