5th Annual Empower Autism Conference
Autism and the Pursuit of Happiness is our ongoing theme.This year’s conference will focus on the importance of community building. This could include community around hobbies, special interests, employment, academics, online groups or other interpretations. As always, the majority of our speakers are on the autism spectrum. This is an affordable conference that offers unique perspectives. Our 2018 event takes place on April 14th, 2018 from 9am-1pm. Register below.

We are currently seeking presenters who are on the autism spectrum. Read more or submit a session here.

Event Details:
9am – 1pm at 121 Hendersonville Rd, Asheville North Carolina. This is the MAHEC Education building. There is plenty of parking. Brunch is provided, but please bring your own food if you have dietary restrictions.

Our vision

To hold a safe space where interested Non-Autistic and Autistic community members (parents and other family members, friends, allies, students, and professionals) can come together in an atmosphere of hope, acceptance, and perseverance, while furthering and encouraging the pursuit of happiness.

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  1. Martha Johnson February 21, 2017 7:53 am  Reply

    Will CEU’s be offered for attending this comference?

    • sylviaadmin March 23, 2017 10:32 am  Reply

      CEU’s are not offered, but you can obtain a certificate of completion for the conference. Send me an email:

  2. Catherine Faherty March 3, 2017 10:37 am  Reply

    I am honored to be a part of this conference from the very beginning 4 years ago! I believe it’s one of the events that are on the “cutting edge” in the area of autism, not just in western NC, but in the country and in the world. Please consider attending. Everyone who has attended in the past has been so glad they did. Listen and learn from our amazing community.

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