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2020 Autism Across the Life Span Conference 
Friday, April 10th, 2020: 8:30am-4:30pm
University of Kansas Edwards Campus BEST Conference Center
12600 S Quivira Road
Overland Park, Kansas 66213

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Join us April 10, 2020, for the 10th Annual Autism Across the Life Span Conference at the University of Kansas. This conference brings together community members, educators, therapists, service providers and researchers to focus on the brain, mental health, intervention, transition and self-advocacy. Speakers from all over the country, region and from KU will provide an opportunity to learn, ask questions and move forward on better serving people with autism spectrum disorder and their families.

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Keynote Speakers

Julie Taylor

Julie Lounds Taylor, PhD
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Julie Lounds Taylor, PhD, is an associate professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and an investigator at the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center. She received her PhD in Developmental Psychology from the University of Notre Dame, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in lifespan family research at the Waisman Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research focuses on understanding the factors that promote positive outcomes for adults with autism spectrum disorder and their families, particularly during the transition to adulthood.  Dr. Taylor’s work has been funded by the National Institutes of Mental Health, Autism Speaks, and the FAR fund. She was the 2014 recipient of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Early Career Award, is an associate editor for Autism: The International Journal of Research and Practice, and from 2015-2019 was a member of the United States Department of Health and Human Services’ Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee.









Jim Bodfish

Jim Bodfish, PhD
​Vanderbilt University School of Medicine                                                                                                                     

Dr. Jim Bodfish is a Professor at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He has devoted his career exclusively to research, teaching, and clinical activities in the field of autism and developmental disabilities. His research has focused on the pathogenesis and treatment of autism and related conditions and has been published in a variety of journals including The New England Journal of Medicine, Science, PLoS One, Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, Autism Research, the American Journal of Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities, the Journal of Pediatrics, Brain Behavior Research, and Social Cognitive Affective Neuroscience. His research has been continuously funded by NIH since 1992.  His service activities have included: standing member of the NIH Childhood Psychopathology and Developmental Disabilities Study Section; Associate Editor of the American Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Editor of Autism: The International Journal; of Research and Practice, Co-Chair of the NC Institute of Medicine Developmental Disabilities Task Force, Governor-appointed member of the Council on Developmental Disabilities; Senate Appointee of the Legislative Study Commission on Autism Spectrum Disorders; expert consultant for the US Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, and faculty member of the International Congress on Movement Disorders.