YAI Autism Conference

YAI NYC Autism Conference

Our 2019 conference was on

Tuesday April 2, 2019

Thank you to all of our attendees and presenters for making this another successful event.

Below you can download slideshows from the days workshops, see the agenda for the day, and download the conference brochure.

  First page of Fred Volkmar's presentation
Morning Keynote with Fred R Volkmar MD


First page of
Judith Ursitti's Afternoon Keynote - Advocacy: Your Voice Matters


First Page of
New York Autism Insurance Law


First Page of
Navigating the Service System for People with Autism


Supporting People with Autism: Finding Opportunity In Change

8:30 AM
Registration and Breakfast (provided)

9:30 AM

10:00 AM
Keynote: Fred R Volkmar, MDIrving B. Harris Professor of Child Psychiatry, Psychiatry, Pediatrics, and Psychology at Yale University, Child Study Center and Editor, Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
The Changing Face of Autism: A Developmental Perspective

12:00 PM
Lunch (provided)
Conor Tague, Actionplay Chorus Member
Solo Musical Performance

1:00 PM
Judith UrsittiDirector, State Government Affairs, Autism Speaks
Advocacy: Your Voice Matters

1:45 PM - 3:00 PM Afternoon Workshops

A. New York Autism Insurance Law: What You Need to KnowJudith UrsittiDirector, State Government Affairs, Autism Speaks

B. Navigating the Disability Service System for People with AutismCaroline Dunn, LMSW, Coordinator, YAI LINK; Emily Gerner, LMSW, Supervisor, YAI LINK

Call YAI LINK at 212.273.6182.

Supported in part by the NYC Council's Autism Initiative

About the presenters:

Dr Fred VolkmarFred R. Volkmar, M.D., is the Irving B. Harris Professor of Child Psychiatry, Psychiatry, Pediatrics, and Psychology at Yale University, Child Study Center and recently served for eight years as Director of the Center. A graduate of the University of Illinois and Stanford, Dr. Volkmar completed residency training in adult psychiatry and then a Fellowship in Child Psychiatry at the Yale University’s School of Medicine and has been there ever since. He has dedicated his career to understanding and treating children with developmental disorders and is a leader in the field of autism research. He has served as a teacher and mentor to many trainees some of whom are now leaders in the field. Dr. Volkmar’s grants and publications run just short of 100 pages in his CV. He is editor of the Journal of Autism, a gifted clinician and teacher and his contributions have greatly improved the lives of children suffering from developmental disorders and their families.

Judith UrsittiJudith Ursitti became heavily involved in autism advocacy when her son Jack was diagnosed with autism in 2005. Since that time, she has participated in the passage of autism insurance reform legislation in more than a dozen states, testifying at numerous hearings and working with stakeholders and legislators across the country. Before joining the Autism Speaks government relations team, she volunteered as advocacy chair for the organization’s New England and North Texas chapters, chaired the inaugural Dallas Fort Worth Walk for Autism Speaks and served as a member of the Parent Advisory Council for Autism Speaks 100-Day Kit. Judith was awarded the Margaret L. Bauman, M.D. Award for Excellence within the Autism Community in 2009. Judith holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Georgia College and State University and is a Certified Public Accountant.

“CarolineCaroline Dunn is the coordinator of YAI LINK, the information and referral department at YAI. From beginning in the LINK department as an intern, Caroline has had the privilege of running multiple groups, giving presentations, and (of course) answering inquiries from parents, professionals, and the people YAI supports. As Coordinator, she is excited to support the LINKsters in continuing the great work of linking individuals to necessary knowledge so they can make informed decisions on what is best for them.

“EmilyEmily Gerner is a supervisor in YAI LINK, the information and referral department at YAI. Emily is always enthusiastic about being able to work with people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (I/DD) and families to find the right services. With a social work background, she has experience providing support for people of many ages and backgrounds. In her free time, Emily enjoys challenging herself to a fitness class and exploring everything this vibrant city has to offer.

“ConorConor Tague is enjoying his second semester at New York Film Academy Musical Theater Conservatory. Conor is a longtime member and supporter of the Actionplay community and the York Theater Company performing in multiple productions. Conor is known for his role as Cody Hill on the Law and Order SVU episode Pathological. Conor credits his success to the creative, nurturing and talented people he has had the opportunity to learn from. Conor wishes to thank his friends and family for their loving support in helping him chase his dream.