ABC Conferences

 Past ABC Conferences | Exhibit Opportunities



The first ABC Conference in 2010 was organized by The University of Chicago, Illinois Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (ICAAP), Almost Home Kids and the Illinois LEND (Leadership, Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities) program at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The earliest conferences focused on evidence-based and concrete strategies to address the struggles primary care and other health care providers encounter related to Autism, Behavioral Challenges, and Complex Medical Needs (ABC). Since 2013, the ABC Conferences have offered ample exhibit opportunity for non-profit and for-profit organizations to share resources and information about their services.

For the first time in 2014, the conference focus was expanded to bring together additional providers from allied health, home visiting, child care and early education, Early Intervention, special education, and other fields.

In 2018, the original “ABC” (Autism, Behavior, and Complex Medical Needs) was expanded to address Advocating for children’s health, Behavioral/developmental health, and Complex health needs. This advancement is consistent with the evolution of American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) policies and priorities as well as the broader understanding of “special needs” children to include children who have experienced trauma, adversity, and negative social determinants of health. This evolution of understanding also enables ICAAP to provide tools and resources for leveraging the individual and collective power of pediatrician and other child-health experts’ voices in public arenas.

ABC Conference participants can expect to learn about the broad landscape of services and programs that are available to support children with special needs from birth through childhood, and develop skills to make effective referrals and partner with other agencies and systems. Each track (A, B, and C) features sessions that converge with different systems, developmental services, medical interventions, and innovative partnerships that benefit children served across interprofessional groups. The keynote sessions address the overall theme of the conference.

For slides, handouts, and more information about past ABC Conferences, please visit the Past ABC Conferences page.



10th Annual ABC Conference

Friday, November 22, 2019

Moraine Business and Conference Center, Palos Hills, IL


For more information about the ABC Conferences, please contact:

Illinois Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics
1400 W Hubbard, Suite 100
Chicago, IL 60642
Phone: 312/733-1026
Fax: 312/733-1791