Autism Conference

Autistics Present Symposium: Intersectionality – Claiming All Our Identities

Whether you are a student, job seeker, family member, educator, or other professional, you will benefit from attending this one-of-a-kind conference!

Discover up-to-date information from #actuallyautistic individuals – students, parents, educators, authors, and professionals! Every presenter at this dynamic conference is autistic, and will bring their in-depth knowledge – gleaned not only from personal experience, but from research, education, and years of professional experience working with others.

Bellevue College’s Autism Spectrum Navigators, a program of the Center for Career Connections and R.I.S.E. Learning Institute is thrilled to partner with the Autistic Women and Nonbinary Network to bring you this exciting conference.

Registration is required and will open on August 15.

Call for Proposals Closes on July 15. 


Check our Facebook event page for updates!

When: Saturday, October 20, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (check-in starts at 9:15 a.m.)

Who Should Attend: Anyone interested in learning more about autism and living and working as an autistic person! Professionals – educators, executives, medical professionals, mental health counselors, and more – will gain invaluable insight into the most recent research and developments in the field from a social justice perspective. Parents and guardians will acquire timely and pragmatic information for raising their autistic children to be strong, self-confident, successful individuals. Autistic people will find community, acceptance, and understanding of their value in a world that often misunderstands them.

Where: Bellevue College Main Campus, Bellevue, Washington. 3000 Landerholm Circle SE, Bellevue, WA 98007. Building N. Follow signs for parking. (Note: Registration is limited to 180 participants)

What: Opening and Closing Keynote Speakers, Break Out Workshops, and Lunch are included.

Fee: Students (all students, any school, requires student i.d. upon check-in) and Early Bird (register by August 31) $65; General Admission $99 by October 13; registration fee is waived for presenters. Registration includes lunch. Email with questions or concerns.

Location: Building N, Registration and Keynotes: N201

Bellevue College Main Campus, 3000 Landerholm Circle SE, Bellevue WA 98007. You can find directions here, and a campus map here.

Parking: Parking is free in Student and Daily Lots. The closest lots to the N Building are lots 12 and 14. You can find a parking map here. There is plenty of accessible parking in all of the lots around the N Building – see parking map.

Conference Tracks:
Track I: Autistic and Other Identities Through the Lifespan

Workshops in this track will explore the significance of Autistic Culture and the development of Autistic and Other Identities. Attendees will discover more about the intersections of disability, race, and sexual identity as they relate to autism, and the importance of supporting Autistic and Other Identities from an early age. All attendees will benefit from this track.

Track II: Autistic and Other Identities at Work & School

When should you start preparing for college and career? What are the most important areas to focus on for success? The answers may surprise you in this track presented by autistic educators, professionals, students, recent graduates, and parents. All attendees will benefit from this track.

 Accessibility: If you require accommodation to participate in the conference, you will be able to note your needs on the registration form. If you would like to discuss your access needs, please email Sara Gardner at or phone at 425.564.2172. Some accommodations may take several weeks to arrange, so please make your request as early as possible. We may need up to four weeks notice for some accommodations.  

To make the experience enjoyable and safe for everyone, we ask that you please:

  • Refrain from wearing scented lotions, perfumes, etc.
  • Refrain from using flash photography, or wearing flashing items, such as flashing sneakers.



(For questions from potential presenters see Call for Proposals Page.)

Do I have to be a Bellevue College student to qualify for the Student rate? Nope, you don’t! We want all students to be able to afford the conference, so whether you are in high school, middle school, or coming from another college, as long as you have a valid student i.d., you qualify! We can’t wait to see you!

How do I get there? Bellevue College is about 30 minutes away from SeaTac Airport, and is located at the I-90 and 405 highways. It is accessible by bus. The N Building, where the conference will take place, is on Coal Creek Road. You can find directions here, and a campus map here. Follow signs for parking – no charge for parking. There is plenty of accessible parking near the N Building. Please check our Facebook Event Page for carpool options.

Conference Hotel: See below for options, also check Facebook Event Page for ways to find local shared housing.

Where should I stay? There are a variety of nearby hotels to choose from. And, if you would prefer to room with someone local, please check our Facebook Event Page for sharing options.

Some local hotel options:

Hyatt House, Bellevue – approximately $169 per night, walking distance

Extended Stay America, Factoria – approximately $90 per night, approximately 2 miles away

Silver Cloud Hotel, Eastgate – approximately $159 per night, approximately 1 mile away

Red Lion Hotel, Bellevue – approximately $90-$130 per night, approximately 5 miles away

What’s for Lunch? We will work with our caterers to provide options! You will have an opportunity to let us know about any restrictions or preferences on the registration form.

Can my child attend? We will not be able to provide childcare, unfortunately. If you think your child would benefit from the workshop topics, you are welcome to register them as a conference attendee. Because of limited seating space, we ask that all children attending do so as registered conference attendees. (Babes in arms do not need to register.)

Will the Symposium be Live Streamed this year? No, because of the low interest in Live Streaming, and the high cost and person-power associated with it, we have decided not to Live Stream this year.

How do I pay? Once registration opens, you will be able to pay online using a credit or debit card! If that doesn’t work for you, let us know and we will give you another option. Registration will open on August 15.

I would like to discuss a concern, who do I talk to? You can send us an email at and we will route it to the best person to answer your concern. Or, if you need to speak to someone right away, you can phone Sara Gardner at 425.564.2172. Or email!

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Last Updated June 29, 2018