2017 Autism Summit


The Autism Society of Greater Akron (ASGA) is hosting its third annual Autism Summit on October 12 & 13, 2017.  The Autism Summit supports the mission of the Autism Society Greater Akron by offering two major events to bring more awareness and understanding of autism in our community.


Life, Autism & Advocacy...Hollywood Style!  Ed & Matt Asner
Thursday, October 12 • Akron Civic Theatre
5:30 pm VIP Reception, 7:00 pm Program

Moderated by: Bruce Winges, Editor, Akron Beacon Journal & Ohio.com

Ed Asner – The seven time Emmy-award winning star is most known for his role as Lou Grant on the Mary Tyler Moore Show, but he is also the proud father and grandfather of what he refers to as his “snowflakes,” five wildly different but beautiful young men on the autism spectrum. Matt Asner, Mr. Asner’s son, has three children with autism, and is Vice President of Development for the Autism Society of America. Moderated by Akron Beacon Journal editor Bruce Winges, join this conversation about life, autism, and advocacy…Hollywood style.

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autismsummit2017 Autism Summit Conference Theme:  Effective Advocacy
Friday, October 13 • Hilton Akron/Fairlawn
8:00 am to 4:00 pm

A one day “conference” focusing on themes of affecting systemic issues in our community to improve the quality of life for individuals with autism and their families.  This day brings together parents, self-advocates, educators and professional field personnel to share, learn, and exchange ideas.

Keynote speakers will focus on using best practices and principles to advocate on behalf of yourself, loved ones, and those who need your voice; and affecting change legislatively by becoming a state, federal and local advocate.



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jeanne wiedtThe bridge is on fire! Advocating without burning bridges!

Jeanne Wiedt, Certified Trainer
Dale Carnegie Training of Northeast Ohio

Apply the principles of the world famous Dale Carnegie book, How to Win Friends and Influence People, to your advocacy! Whether you are lobbying a state or federal legislator or talking to a school principal – effective advocacy skills are essential for understanding your “community” and influencing people and policy within that community. Or, as Dale Carnegie teaches, “The best way to gain cooperation is to be cooperative ourselves and to be emotionally intelligent about the needs of the team. Dale Carnegie provides 12 principles for gaining cooperation. Not only do these principles help us win people to our way of thinking; they help us tap the energy and intelligence of the team.”

Jeanne Wiedt has been in the performance improvement and business development field with Dale Carnegie & Associates since 1992 and is a certified trainer of the Dale Carnegie Course for Effective Communications. This fast paced, interactive speaker will leave you with the skills and tools you need to make your case…and win it!



Picture 002Make your voice heard!  Legislative Advocacy.

Gary Tonks, Executive Director
Arc of Ohio

From cuts to Medicaid, to health insurance reform, to urging our lawmakers to fully fund the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, we were there. Advocacy works; and it works even better when we work together. From the State House to the White House, learn about impacting policy with this lunch-and-learn legislative advocacy tutorial. 



SAME DAY REGISTRATION IS AVAILABLE - All rates increase by $25


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