Queens College; Conference on Autism Spectrum Disorders and Developmental Disabilities


APRIL 6, 2019
Presented collaboratively by the
Graduate Programs in Special Education
and the Department of Psychology



8–9 am
Registration and breakfast
Dining Hall, Patio Room

9–10:30 am

Keynote (1.5 BCBA CEU)
LeFrak Concert Hall
Dr. William Heward, PhD, BCBA-D
Professor Emeritus, The Ohio State University
William L. Heward, EdD, BCBA-D, is professor emeritus in the College of Education and Human Ecology at The Ohio State University. A fellow and past president of the Association for Behavior Analysis International, Bill has been a Fulbright Scholar in Portugal; a visiting professor of psychology at Keio University in Tokyo, Japan and at the University of São Paulo, Brazil; and given lectures and workshops in 22 other countries. His publications include the co-authored books, Applied Behavior Analysis, Exceptional Children: An Introduction to Special Education, and Sign Here: A Contracting Book for Children and Their Parents, each of which has been translated into several foreign languages. Awards recognizing Dr. Heward’s contributions to behavior analysis include the Fred S. Keller Behavioral Education Award from the American Psychological Association’s Division 25, the Ellen P. Reese Award for Communication of Behavioral Concepts from the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies, the John W. Jacobson Award for Contributions to Behavior Analysis from the New York State Association for Behavior Analysis, and the Distinguished Psychology Department Alumnus Award from Western Michigan University. Bill’s research interests include “low-tech” methods for increasing the effectiveness of group instruction in inclusive classrooms.

Why Be a Behavior Analyst?
Why be a behavior analyst today and not something else? Several examples will be presented of how behavior analysis is improving the human experience in a variety of areas. As impressive as these accomplishments are, they pale in comparison to the potential of behavior analysis to help make the world a better place. Five reasons will be offered as to why a person should be a behavior analyst and several actions will be suggested that all behavior analysts, whether new to the field or old-timers, can take to narrow the gap between the tremendous potential of behavior analysis and its limited impact to date.

Announcement of Student Research
Award Competition:
Queens College GPSE/Psychology Department’s Behavior Change for a Sustainable World Student Research Award

10:45–11:45 am
The Voice of Autism
Special Guest Speaker: Mr. Jason Craig Harris

Jason is a 20 year-old, young adult enrolled in LIU Post as a junior. He is currently exploring career options through diverse coursework and hopes to establish a major in the near future. Jason has given multiple presentations and is the star of a YouTube video -viewed nearly 5000 times- that discuss his personal educational journey and the role applied behavior analysis has played and continues to play in his transition to adulthood. Jason's passion is flight and he hopes to one day work in the airline industry.
LeFrak Concert Hall

12–1:30 pm
Breakout Sessions
Kiely Hall

Making a Difference at Home: Strategies for Effective ABA Therapy for Individuals with ASD in a Home-Based Environment–Tara Karen, MSED, BCBA, LBA; Achieve Beyond (1.5 BCBA CEU)

Evaluating Novel Methods for Improving Discrete Trial Instruction–Sophia Ma, MA, BCBA, Joanna Spartinos, MA, ED, and Joshua Jessel, PhD, BCBA-D; Queens College (1.5 BCBA CEU)

Preparing for the Autism Tsunami: The Role of ABA and Empirically Based Strategies in Preparing Students and Families for the Transition to Adulthood–Amy Lackey, PhD, BCBA-D, LBA; Manhattan Children’s Center (1.5 BCBA CEU)

*Earn up to 3 BACB CEUs
To register, please print and mail this form
with a check or money order, payable to:
Queens College-Autism Conference. (This form and check can also be submitted directly to Ms. Arroyo in the Special Education office: 033 Powdermaker Hall, Queens College).
Send your registration form and check to:
Ms. Jaclyn Arroyo
ECP Queens College
65-30 Kissena Boulevard
Queens, NY 11367-1597

LeFrak Concert Hall
65-30 Kissena Boulevard, Queens, NY 11367-1597
Queens College is located at the corner of the Long Island Expressway and Kissena Blvd. in Flushing (exit 24 of the LIE).
The campus can be reached from Manhattan via the Midtown Tunnel; from the Bronx or Westchester via the RFK, Bronx Whitestone, or Throgs Neck Bridges; and from farther out on Long Island via the Long Island Expressway, Northern State/Grand Central Parkway, or Northern Blvd.
Via Flushing – Take the Long Island Railroad or the #7 subway to Main St., Flushing. From Main St., take the Q25 or Q34 bus to the main gate; or take the Q17 bus to the corner of Kissena Blvd. and the Long Island Expressway, and walk one block south to the main gate.
Via Forest Hills – Take the E, F, M, or R subway to 71st Ave., Forest Hills. From the corner of Queens Blvd. and 70th Rd., take the Q64 bus to Kissena Blvd. and Jewel Ave., and walk one block north to the main gate.
Via Jamaica – Take the E, J, or Z subway to Jamaica Center (Parsons Blvd. and Archer Ave.), or the Long Island Railroad to Jamaica Station (Sutphin Blvd. and Archer Ave.). From either of these locations, take the Q25 or Q34 bus to the main gate.



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