About the ABC Conferences
ABOUT THE ABC CONFERENCES
The first ABC Conference in 2010 was organized by The University of Chicago, Illinois Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Almost Home Kids and the Illinois LEND (Leadership, Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities) program at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The first ABC Conferences focused on evidence-based and concrete strategies to address the struggles primary care providers and other health care providers encounter related to Autism, Behavioral Challenges, and Complex Medical Needs (ABC). For the first time in 2014, the conference focus was expanded to bring together additional providers from primary care, specialty care, nursing, allied health fields, home visiting, child care and early education, Early Intervention, special education, and other fields.
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. 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.
2015 marks the first year that an ABC Downstate (ABCD) Conference was held to serve the professional development, networking, and support needs of child-serving professionals in Southern and Central Illinois.
For slides, handouts, and more information about past ABC Conferences, please visit the Past ABC Conferences page.