Conference Autism Education Conference 2016

Open to the Public


Time 8:30am - 5:00pm

Location NYU Abu Dhabi Conference Center (A6)

The Autism Education Conference brings together families touched by autism, leading professionals in the field, and student volunteers involved with the local autism community. This engaging forum will provide shared value and opportunities for all stakeholders involved to network and collaborate for a common cause.

There are limited spaces per session. Please review the program schedule carefully and RSVP here for each session you wish to attend.

Please contact with any queries.

About NYU Abu Dhabi's Autism Educational Awareness Month

NYU Abu Dhabi organizes an annual month-long Autism Awareness campaign in April, hosting several events to highlight the need for increased acceptance and education around autism, which sees high prevalence rates in the UAE. This will be our second year hosting our Autism Education Conference and joining the global campaign "Light it up Blue" by turning the exterior of the campus dome blue in recognition of Autism Awareness Month worldwide.

In an effort to involve the broader community throughout the month, we work closely with these valued community-based partner organizations: Autism Support Network - Abu Dhabi (ASN), Goals UAE, UAE-ABA chapter, and Emirates Autism Society.

For more information on our programs during April, please email

Hosted by

Office of Community Outreach NYUAD


Registration and Breakfast

Multi-Disciplinary Panel (English)
Moderated by Nipa Bhuptani, Founder of Autism Support Network - Abu Dhabi (ASN). Dr. Michelle Kelly (BCBA), Dr. Eeva-Liisa Langille, Hannah Greenwood-Berry (OT), Dr. Saleh Shaalan (SLP)

The multi-disciplinary panel will have experts in the field of Speech and Language Therapy, Pediatrics, Occupational Therapy, and Applied Behavior Analysis. Each panelist will highlight the role of the intervention of their discipline, for persons with Autism. There will be a short Q&A at the end.

  • 11:30am-1pm Dealing With Challenging Behaviors (Arabic) with Tasneem Aburouza (BCBA)

    The workshop will give an overview of how to analyze challenging behaviors and how to deal with it.

  • 11:30am-1pm Autism in the Air — Using Video Modeling to Prepare for Travel with Jody Hunsberger (M.A., BCBA), Nipa Bhuptani, and Taiba Al Moodi

    The Autism Support Network (ASN) Abu Dhabi, students from Emirates College for Advanced Education (ECAE) and NYU Abu Dhabi collaborated to translate 5 videos created by Queen's University Belfast & PEAT Charity. These videos will be presented as an example of the effectiveness of video modeling as a teaching strategy and to share tips for travel with a child with autism.

  • 11:30am-1pm Early Communication Skills and How Parents Can Take Charge (English) with Kerry Egan (M.A., CCC-SLP, BCBA)

    Communication deficits are a core feature of autism spectrum disorders. In this talk, we will review key strategies for helping facilitate language in young learners with autism and why parents play such an important role in their child’s language development.

2:30-3:15pmThe Joy in the Journey: Our Story of Hope for Parents (English) with Laura Deitz (M.B.A., M.A., B.A.)

This session will present a unique perspective on how our family navigates the complexities of enriching and nurturing our daughter with Autism Spectrum Disorder. This session is our story: a story of hope and of light. But mostly, our story is one of love for a determined, bubbly, and vibrant little 3-year-old girl.

  • 3:30-5pm Vocational Training for Young Adults (English) with Dr. Michelle Chiccola (BCBA)

    As our children with Autism and related disorders grow into young adulthood the focus of skills training must shift. This transition is a time to explore new skill areas that will later become a foundation for vocational opportunities later in life. Let's get the conversation started by discussing some of the key factors in the beginning stages of vocational training.

  • 3:30-5pm Task Analysis (Arabic) with Sharifa Yateem (M.Sc., BCBA)

    The workshop will discuss a scientific technique called "task analysis" to teach kids daily life skills such as putting on clothes.

  • 3:30-4:15pm Introduction to Autism for Volunteers (English) with Khawla Barley, Founder of Goals UAE

    This session is aimed at helping volunteers working with individuals on the autism spectrum gain confidence. We will discuss specific strategies used during Goals UAE programs.